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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

Professional Boundaries in Therapy and Social Work

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

Happy Nurses Week

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 »

Lessons Learned From My Father, Miles Lord: Courage to Take a Stand

Judge Miles Lord, Golden Gloves Boxer

By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.


It took a lot of courage throughout his life and career for Miles to stand up to some pretty powerful people and organizations. In many ways, he had been training for his future career as a federal judge ever since he was a young boxer in northern Minnesota. As a golden gloves champion, he learned to have the courage   […]   Read More »

What Happens During a Board of Nursing Investigation?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Being served with a letter of allegations by the Minnesota Board of Nursing or other professional licensing board can be overwhelming. As a lawyer for nurses faced with allegations, I am often asked about the investigation and settlement process of matters that are brought before the Minnesota Board of Nursing and how my law firm will help them through that process. Here are the five   […]   Read More »

Should I Bring My Young Child Along to the Dog Park?

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By Priscilla Lord, Esq.


Just like Minnesota has some of the most beautiful state parks and trails, the Twin Cities and surrounding areas have some excellent dog parks. I know there are plenty of tough Minnesotans out there who take their pups to the parks all winter long, but for many of us (including me and our office dog, Diva), we like to hit the   […]   Read More »

What Should I Do If I Am Over-Burdened in My Nursing Home Work Environment?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.


Lately I have been working with Minnesota nurses including RNs, LPNs, and CNAs who describe their work environments as hectic, under-staffed, and offering poor supervision. Often, these are descriptions of our work environments at our Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You nurses have a demanding job, both physically and emotionally. We appreciate your work and want to be sure that you   […]   Read More »

I Think my Colleague Violated the Nurse Practice Act: Am I Obligated to Report it to the Minnesota Board of Nursing?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

If you are a licensed professional in the state of Minnesota and you believe that a colleague has violated the professional rules of practice, you may be required to report that information to your licensing board immediately. Although you may have developed a friendship with this colleague, and reporting their violation may be uncomfortable for you as a licensee of a Minnesota health regulatory board,   […]   Read More »

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