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Ross Pfund is the managing editor of Super Lawyers. He is the editor of the Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Southwest magazines. An award-winning editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience, he has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota. His work has also appeared in the Star Tribune and the Norman County Index. As a child, he knew he was cut out for a career in journalism because he never once stuck his hand into his father’s printing press.

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'As Iron Sharpens Iron'

Mike Blumenthal’s journey into the martial arts

In the fall of 1990, Mike Blumenthal was a University of Kansas School of Law student looking for a way to blow off steam. “I don’t play basketball, and I had a steady girlfriend,” he says. “I wrestled growing up, and I missed that type of exercise, frankly. I fell into a martial arts studio in Lawrence. I had a great teacher there and it was a bug that bit me—I never stopped.” But he did start again. Although he was close to attaining a black belt in taekwondo during law school, a …

Legal Cannabis and Criminal Record Expungement in Illinois

How expungement works and how you can speed up the process

On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act went into effect in Illinois. The bill, signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in mid-2019, allows Illinois residents 21 and older to legally possess small amounts of cannabis and marijuana-infused products. It also paved the way for the automatic expungement of infractions classified as “minor cannabis offenses”—meaning that there’s a way to have those offenses removed from your criminal record. According to the state of Illinois, …

What to Do After a Car Accident in Colorado

And what to expect when working with a personal injury lawyer

An auto accident can be a disorienting experience, but even so, there are some things you should keep in mind during the aftermath. For starters, says Matthew M. Holycross, a personal injury attorney with law firm Springer & Steinberg in Denver, it’s important to seek medical treatment, whether it’s via your primary care doctor, or, if you have serious injuries, the hospital. “Even if you're not feeling significant symptoms right away, the way the body tends to work, you'll start to …

Exploring Criminal Record Expungement

How and why an Illinois resident can get their criminal charges expunged or sealed

For Illinois residents, there are plenty of reasons to consider having your criminal record expunged or sealed. Job searching and apartment hunting are two of the most common, due to background checks. “You never want a case, whether it's recent or from the past, to affect your future opportunities,” says Illinois-based criminal defense attorney Matthew M. Fakhoury, who has handled thousands of expungements since founding Xpunge Chicago over a decade ago. “A common kind of …

Clearing Up Questions About Child Support

A Minnesota family law attorney weighs in on common misconceptions

When it comes to child support, men are required to pay it more often than women, right? Not so, says family law attorney Jenna Eisenmenger of Midwest Family Law in St. Paul. Another common misconception is that once a child turns 18, current support automatically ends. However, Minnesota law stipulates that if a child graduates from high school after turning 18, support typically is owed until then. “So, for example, if a child turns 18 in January but they're not graduating until June, child …

The Basics on Child Support in Minnesota

A look at how it’s calculated and the categories of support

Minnesota has four different categories of child support: Category 1: Basic Support First is basic support. This has to do with the fundamental needs of the child: things like food, clothing, diapers or formula, or school supplies for older kids. Basic child support is also the only one of the four categories of child support that is affected by a parenting time schedule. “The courts recognize that the more parenting time a parent has, the more basic expenses they're incurring for …

The Not-So-Secret Origin of Joe Gushue

Talking comics with the Philly patent lawyer

Joe Gushue still remembers the day in 1984 when his dad bought him his first comic book straight off a spinner rack in a mall bookstore. The Amazing Spider-Man #255 features Peter Parker contending with moldy bread before tangling with the evil Red Ghost and his Super-Apes. It might not be high on the list of storylines likely to be adapted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it captured 4-year-old Gushue’s imagination. That was likely his dad’s plan all along. A long-time comics fan, …

Things to Know When Considering a Cabin Trust in Minnesota

When is a cabin trust a good idea, and when should you choose another route?

When the time comes to pass down the family cabin to the next generation, Minnesotans have a few options. One of those is a cabin trust, in which the cabin and funds are placed into a trust. Following rules set by the creator of the trust, a trustee—often but not always a member of the younger generation—oversees the decisions related to use, maintenance, and more. Before deciding to set up a cabin trust, David W. Jacobsen of Jacobsen Law Firm in Northfield suggests taking a step back. “I …

Navigating the Legal System When You're Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Guidance for Minnesotans seeking to overcome barriers to legal access

Navigating the legal system can be tricky for anyone, but Minnesotans who are deaf or hard of hearing may face additional challenges. As the only attorney in the state who is a court-certified American sign language interpreter, Heather Gilbert has represented deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and hearing-impaired clients for years in matters like estate planning and employment law. She offers an example of how accessing the legal system can be more complicated for clients like hers. “If a …

What Is Disparate Impact Discrimination?

A civil rights lawyer weighs in on a lesser-known aspect of discrimination

Federal and state anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Some types of discrimination are more easily recognizable than others. If an employee is fired and there’s a smoking-gun comment about their race, gender, or disability, it’s easy to see that potentially illegal discrimination was at play. However, some forms of discrimination aren’t as commonly …

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