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Biking Safely in Winter

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

As winter approaches and the snow begins to blanket the familiar streets, city bicycle commuters must be even more vigilant for their safety as roadways can be slippery and visibility limited. During winter weather conditions, it is more important than ever to bike defensively on city streets. Motorists may be less likely to spot bikers during snow storms and may be unable to stop quickly   […]   Read More »

Should I Obtain Professional Liability Insurance?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

I am amazed at how few licensed nurses, social workers, and other licensed professionals obtain and carry a personal professional liability insurance policy. If you are wondering about whether obtaining your own professional liability insurance is worth it, the answer is always a resounding YES! Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions I hear as a professional license defense attorney.

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Tips for Bicycles and Cars to Safely Share the Road

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are very bicycle friendly cities. In our world where bicycles and cars often share the same road, key safety measures should be taken to guarantee the safety of all commuters. As drivers we must be mindful of our cycling friends and as bicyclers must also pay attention to the rules of the road. If either vehicle fails to take the rules   […]   Read More »

Minnesota Loses a Legend

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By Priscilla Lord, Esq.

Friends, I am sad to pass along that my friend since college, Diane Sims Page, has passed away from breast cancer. She was a real force for good in this world. She and her husband, Alan Page, have dedicated their lives to family, justice and helping thousands of students of color receive college scholarships derived from the Page Education Foundation.

Diane was a   […]   Read More »

Distracted Driving is Still a Huge Problem

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

We have spoken in the past about how Minnesota tried to pass a "hands-free" cell phone bill that would prevent anyone who is operating a vehicle from accessing their phones or other electronic devices without the use of a "hands-free" adaptor such as Bluetooth. Even if this bill never passes through the Minnesota state legislature, it goes without saying that we should all remain diligent   […]   Read More »

Help Stop our Administration’s Policy of Separating Families at the Border

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By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.

Since April 19, 2018, the current administration has been forcibly removing children from their parents when they apply for asylum at Mexican border ports of entry. This is a part of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. There have been reports that while the parents are being processed, border patrol officers lie to parents, telling them that they are taking their children to be   […]   Read More »

Five Ways To Protect Your Therapist or Social Worker License

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

In my practice as a Minneapolis licensing board lawyer I often see allegations of professional boundaries violations. Not surprisingly, boundaries violations are most prevalent in the fields of social work, counseling, and therapy. Working in a profession where clients may be struggling to have their basic needs met while also dealing with mental health diagnoses and/or chemical dependency issues often presents licensed social workers and   […]   Read More »

Minnesota Legislature Considers Bill to Reduce Distracted Driving

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By Priscilla Lord, Esq.

You may have heard about the "hands-free" cell phone bill that was introduced by the Minnesota legislature this year. Dozens of family members who have lost loved ones due to distracted driving from cell phones have been gathering at the state capital urging legislators to pass the measure. Although texting while driving is already illegal in Minnesota, the bill would make Minnesota the 17th state   […]   Read More »

Why I Am Proud To Be A Lawyer For Nurses

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Nurses are amazing and I am so proud to be a lawyer that defends nurses and their licenses. In honor of National Nurses Week, I wanted to take a few moments to share just a few of the many ways my life has been impacted by the kindness and caring of nurses.

As a mother of two, I have such gratitude for the compassion and   […]   Read More »

What Can I Expect If I Report to the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP)?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

When I am contacted by a licensed professional who is having issues with their employer or their board surrounding mental health or chemical dependency, the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP) will always come up in our first conversation.

The Health Professionals Services Program was put in place over two decades ago to protect Minnesota citizens by providing confidential monitoring for health care workers who have   […]   Read More »

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