Larry supervises the following pro bono clinics in Minneapolis:
- Housing Court Clinic Project: Dorsey and US Bank attorneys partner to provide staffing for the Hennepin County Housing Court Clinic two afternoons each month at the Hennepin County Government Center Housing Court.
- Brian Coyle Clinic: The Brian Coyle Community Center Legal Clinic is staffed by Dorsey attorneys partnering with US Bank attorneys, seeing clients with a variety of issues such as consumer problems, debtor's rights, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, employment and unemployment compensation and other civil issues.
- Legal Access Point Clinic: The clinic is staffed by Dorsey attorneys one day every other week at the Self-Help Center in the Hennepin County Government Center. Dorsey attorneys assist pro se litigants by offering guidance and referral information to help them in resolving their own legal issues. Individuals primarily seek assistance with credit problems, medical malpractice, housing, bankruptcy, employment, insurance claims and conciliation court.
- Expungement Clinic: Dorsey lawyers partner with Xcel Energy in house counsel, working through Volunteer Lawyers Network to provide assistance to individuals seeking expungement of their criminal record.
- Consumer Debt/Collection Clinic: Dorsey attorneys volunteer at a clinic for people being sued for consumer debt in Hennepin County Conciliation Court.
Larry also helps Dorsey’s attorneys find the kind of pro bono cases they would like to handle, provides training for attorneys to ensure that the same high standards of Dorsey’s billable work are applied to pro bono work, coordinates referrals from a variety of advocacy organizations, and mentors younger attorneys in pro bono litigation.
Before coming to Dorsey in June 2013, Larry worked for various pro bono legal aid organizations for 30 years, with his last position managing the housing litigation program of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. Larry’s legal aid experience includes litigating hundreds of trials and motion hearings and scores of appeals, supervising a staff of housing attorneys and legal assistants, and drafting part of almost every Minnesota landlord and tenant statute since 1989.
Significant accomplishments include:
- Beginning in 1986 and through the present, authored and continue to update the materials available at Housing Law in Minnesota http://povertylaw.homestead.com/ResidentialUnlawfulDetainer.html including Residential Eviction Defense in Minnesota, Security Deposits in Minnesota, pleadings, motions, and slide shows
- Skylark Opera v. Department of Employment and Economic Development, No. A13- 2343, 2014 WL 4672360 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 22, 2014) (unpublished): supervised successful appeal, reversing department decision and holding that persons hired by a nonprofit, professional opera company were independent contractors so that wages paid to these persons were not taxable under the unemployment-insurance laws
- Equity Residential Holdings, LLC, Appellant, v. Koenig, A14-0162 (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 9, 2014): successfully represented tenant in dismissal of landlord’s premature appeal of district court order awarding attorney’s fees under Minn. Stat. § 504B.172
- In 2014, successfully lobbied for amendment to Minn. Stat. § 504B.345 to provide for the first statutory recognition of the continued availability of both common law and statutory expungement of eviction court records, significant that it ensures that the expungement statute does not preempt use of common law expungement when the statute does not apply. The amended statute also allows for expungement as early as the time judgment is entered in the eviction.
- HNA Properties v. Moore, 848 N.W.2d 238 (Minn. Ct. App. 2014): co-counseled representation of tenant at the district court, and supervised and later consulted on the appeal, resulting in reversal of the district court, and holding that under Minn. Stat. § 549.02, subd. 1, “a district court must allow the defendant $200 in costs upon dismissal of the case.”
- Since 2012, served as an observer to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC) Drafting Committee on a Revision of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
- In 2010, assisted in the drafting of and testified in support of the Tenants’ Bill of Rights, which regulated late fees, require receipts for rent, implied in leases that provide for tenant payment of landlord attorney fees a reciprocal obligation on landlords to pay tenant attorney fees, further regulated application fees, increased penalties for wrongfully withholding security deposits, conformed state eviction rights for tenants in foreclosure with recent federal legislation, and created a rebuttable presumption of actual rent payment when the tenant produces money order receipts.
- Kutscheid v. Emerald Square Prop., Inc., 770 N.W.2d 529 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009): supervised work on tenant’s rent escrow action over violations of utility shared meter billing regulations in Minn. Stat. § 504B.215, successful appeal of housing court referee’s denial of remedies, and successful remand for damages
- Stewart v. Anderson, No. A06-1878, 2007 WL 2366528 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 21, 2007): supervised work responding to landlord’s appeal of eviction decision; Court affirmed rulings by district court judge that housing court referee erred in receiving the landlord’s late exhibits but refusing to receive the tenant’s late exhibits, and requiring expert testimony for tenant’s lay testimony regarding her observations of sounds of rodents, foul smells, and grease stains on personal property removed from the dryer
- As Lead Attorney of the 2007-28 Renter Working Group of the Minnesota Legislature Task Force on Mortgage Foreclosures, co-wrote a legislative package to increase the rights of tenants whose landlords are in foreclosure
- In 2005, created and supervised an advice clinic at the housing court with partial staff funding and office space from the country, in partnership with Volunteer Lawyers Network, a pro bono volunteer attorney program, to provide one legal aid attorney and at first one and now two volunteer attorneys for each housing court arraignment. The eviction summons includes some tenant information, with notice of the advice clinic. The program now is supervised by the managing attorney of the housing unit of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the housing resources manager at VLN.
- Pollard v. Southdale Gardens of Edina Condominium Ass’n., Inc., 698 N.W.2d 449 (Minn. Ct. App. 2005): co-counsel in successful appeal holding that held that mere existence of nonwaiver clause in bylaws did not preclude residents from asserting claims that association and board were equitably estopped from enforcing rule, and did not preclude residents’ claim that association and board violated duty to treat all residents equally; and that resident had standing to bring action even though resident did not own unit in which he resided
- Walters v. Demmings, No. C4-01-2, 2001 WL 641753 (Minn. Ct. App. June 12, 2001) (unpublished): reversed eviction order and restated the strong retaliation prohibitions in Minn. Stat. § 504B.285 first pronounced in Parkin v. Fitzgerald, 307 Minn. 423, 240 N.W.2d 828 (1976)
- Aguero v. Nordlie, CT990-4474 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 4th Dist. Aug. 21, 1992) Amended Order (Sep. 28, 1992): first consumer class action over landlord’s routine practice of withholding security deposits; court award of deposits, interest, penalties, and attorney’s fees
- Simmons v. Kemp, 751 F. Supp. 815 (D. Minn. 1990): summary judgment granted to tenant, holding public housing authority improperly bypassed administrative grievance process in eviction, enjoining evictions in violation of the process, and awarding attorney fees
- As member of the 1989 Governor’s Commission on Affordable Housing, proposed and co-drafted laws to create Housing Courts in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, provide for the emergency relief action for tenants, provide for the rent escrow action to remedy housing disrepair, provide for fines in landlord violations of housing court orders, provide for minimum statutory damages for landlord lockouts, and provide for minimum statutory damages for landlord utility interruptions
- Goggleye v. Pierce (D. Minn. 1989): federal court class action challenging HUD plan to sell Riverside Plaza, formerly Cedar Square West, the largest subsidized project in Minnesota, with a reduction in subsidized units, leading to settlement for an additional $25,000,000 in housing subsidies