Minnesota NELA Amicus Program

Minnesota NELA files "friend of the court" briefs in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit. We have filed amicus briefs in some of the most important cases affecting employees decided by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Most recently, briefs were filed in Schmitz v. U.S. Steel Corp., 852 N.W.2d 669 (Minn. 2014) (establishing right to jury trial under the Workers Compensation Act); LaMont v. Independent School Dist. No. 728, 814 N.W.2d 14 (Minn. 2012) establishing claim for hostile work environment prohibiting sex-based but non-sexual conduct under the Minnesota Human Rights Act); Abraham v. County of Hennepin, 639 N.W.2d 342 (Minn. 2002) (establishing right to jury trial in whistleblower statute); Anderson-Johanningmeier v. Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, 637 N.W.2d 270 (Minn. 2002) (Whistleblower Act does not incorporate public policy requirement); and Lake v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 582 N.W.2d 231 (Minn. 1998) (establishing tort of privacy in Minnesota).

The cases which are most appropriate for Minnesota NELA's appearance as amicus curiae are those involving emerging legal issues regarding employment or civil rights, those seeking to extend current employment or civil rights law to new factual scenarios, and those challenging an existing body of employment or civil rights law. We rely on you, our members, to alert us of cases in which Minnesota NELA should appear as amicus.


Click to view selected Minnesota NELA amicus curiae briefs, filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court and other appellate courts:

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Minnesota NELA is looking for members interested in drafting, editing, and producing briefs for submission to the Court of Appeals. We will keep your name on file and may contact you to determine your availability the next time a case arises in your field of interest and expertise.

Questions or need Amicus assistance?

Contact Chris Moreland ( or Laura Farley (, Minnesota NELA's Amicus Committee Co-Chairs.