July 2018
We're Growing! Help Us Welcome Our New Attorneys and Staff Members

Schaefer Halleen is pleased to share several updates from the last several months. The firm has welcomed two passionate, tenacious attorneys and a legal assistant who share our values of empowering our clients and advancing justice. In addition, Schaefer Halleen attorneys have recently been featured in several publications, such as the Star Tribune and Attorney at Law magazine.

Lisa Stratton

Lisa C. Stratton is an exceptional litigator who has dedicated her career to advocating for those who face workplace discrimination. For twenty-plus years, she has challenged gender disparities, including sexual harassment of undocumented workers and hostility towards women in male-dominated industries. Lisa co-founded Gender Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking down barriers. She was a founding member of the coalition that lobbied for Minnesota's groundbreaking Women's Economic Security Act, requiring accommodations for pregnancy and nursing mothers in the workplace.
 
Lisa's full biography can be found here > 

Lauren D'Cruz

Lauren D'Cruz, a new addition to the Schaefer Halleen team, is an employment litigator specializing in workplace discrimination. Lauren's dedication to advocating for her clients does not go unnoticed; she was recently selected to the 2018 Minnesota Rising Stars List, an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.  Before joining Schaefer Halleen, Lauren worked as an associate attorney for Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., where she represented and advised insurance carriers and adjusters in a variety of matters involving insureds. 

Learn more about Lauren by reading her biography >

Tania McIntosh

Tania McIntosh brings a passion for the labor and employment sector to her role as a Legal Assistant for Schaefer Halleen. Prior to joining Schaefer Halleen, she spent over 3 years working as a case assistant for a major law firm in downtown Minneapolis in cases involving Labor & Employment, Regulatory Affairs, and Complex Litigation.
 
You can read Tania's biography here > 


Darren Sharp and Peter Christian
Schaefer Halleen attorneys Darren M. Sharp and Peter G. Christian were featured in the May 2018 issue of Attorney at Law magazine, in an article entitled " Fighting the Good Fight.The article discusses the current climate of inclusivity and social accountability. 

Darren and Peter are on the frontlines in the fight for updated legislation that suits the modern workplace. As stated in the article, "This is an exciting time to be a social justice law firm." 

Employment rights attorneys like the lawyers of Schaefer Halleen view this revolutionary time as their moment to bring justice for even more victims.
 
2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Larry Schaefer
Lauren DCruz
Peter Christian
Larry Schaefer has been selected as a 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyer. Lauren D'Cruz and Peter Christian have been selected as a 2018 Minnesota Rising Star. Find out more about their practice areas and what award they received below.
 
  View Larry's Super Lawyer Profile >

Jean Boler

June 8, 2015  was proclaimed "Jean Boler Day" by the Seattle City Council and the Mayor in honor of Jean's ongoing service to the City of Seattle. She was recognized for, among other things, eliminating gender pay disparities in the Law Department and guiding the City through implementation of the DOJ Settlement Agreement regarding police use of force and accountability.
 
Learn more about Jean Boler's accomplished career here >  

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Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently published an op ed written by Jean Boler. The piece, titled "2018 Legislature:Why the sex harassment fix must move forward," discusses a push from the Minnesota House to clarify that the definition of a hostile work environment "does not require the harassing conduct or communication to be severe or pervasive." The measure has stalled in the senate, but if it passes, it will restore Minnesota's original groundbreaking workplace harassment protections.
 
Visit the Star Tribune website to read the full article >

Jean Boler
Schaefer Halleen's own  Jean Boler  was recently quoted in an article in the Star Tribune regarding sexual misconduct allegations against Garrison Keillor. In this article, Jean shares her perspective and discusses the action employers must take when workplace harassment is reported.

At the Podium
Minnesota Women Lawyers Conference for Women in the Law

Schaefer Halleen COO  Toni Halleen   presented a keynote workshop, "Say Yes to Diversity: What Improv Comedy Can Teach Us About Embracing the 'Big Tent'," at the Minnesota Women Lawyers Conference on April 27, 2018. 

The presentation focused on skills women need to succeed in today's legal and business environment, including working with diverse styles, collaboration, confidence and trust and adaptability for change.


Minnesota Paralegal Association Annual Convention 
Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute
Larry Schaefer
Schaefer Halleen President, Larry Schaefer, spoke on negotiating severance agreements on May 24 at the annual Minnesota Paralegal Association Annual Convention. 

Larry also presented on "Arbitration Strategies and Tactics" and "Settlement of Sexual Harassment Cases" at the annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on May 21-22.

Minnesota Paralegal Association
Toni Halleen
Schaefer Halleen COO  Toni Halleen  and Senior Attorney  Jean Boler  presented to the Minnesota Paralegal Association convention a talk entitled: "From Bra Burning to Twitter," discussing how the workplace has changed with the advent of the #MeToo movement.

This breakout session looked at the personal and legal aspects of our changing definitions of sexual harassment and invited audience participation on the question of what our legal workplaces are like for women and how we would like them to change.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Schaefer Halleen  Senior Attorney  Jean Boler  presented a foundational session to the Minnesota CLE entitled: "A 50,000 Foot Overview - Sexual Harassment Law and Current Agency Priorities." 

Along with Tina Burnside, Senior Trial Attorney, and Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Jean provided a practical, high-level overview of the current state of the law on sexual harassment.

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