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First public event at Mitchell Hamline celebrates 40 years

by Sherri Knuth


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The Office of Administrative Hearings celebrated its 40th Anniversary on January 20 with an afternoon of programming, the investiture of two judges, and a reception with remarks from Governor Mark Dayton. The reception was standing-room-only with more than 200 people attending.

“The MSBA congratulates the Office of Administrative Hearing on its 40th Anniversary,” stated MSBA President Mike Unger. “Minnesota was one of the first states in the nation to create such an office, and the OAH continues to serve an important role in our state’s justice system.”

The OAH was created by the legislature in 1975 to make sure citizens got an opportunity for a fair hearing independent of the state agency that was responsible for bringing an enforcement action or managing a major system. Since 1981, workers’ compensation hearings have been conducted at the OAH.  Today the OAH has 37 judges, with Chief Judge Tammy Pust at the helm.

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The afternoon programming included a CLE for attorneys interested in providing pro bono representation in maltreatment, disqualification, and Human Services licensing actions. The pro bono program is a new initiative launched by the MSBA Administrative Law Section in collaboration with the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network and the OAH.  The goal of the program is to decrease the number of self-represented litigants in administrative hearings

The OAH anniversary event was the first public event at the newly combined Mitchell Hamline School of Law.