FMJ Team Selected for Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year 2019

December 2019

FMJ attorneys Donald Chance Mark Jr. and Tyler Brimmer, along with Sharon Van Dyck (previously of FMJ), were selected to Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year 2019 list for their work on Portz et. al. v. St. Cloud State University.

The FMJ team is one of the nine teams to receive this award in the Groups category. The selections for 2019 encompass the wide variety of practices and issues that make the legal profession vibrant. The entire Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year 2019 list can be found here.

FMJ’s clients were 10 recent members of SCSU’s women’s tennis and Nordic ski teams, as well as the class of current and future female student-athletes. The basis of the suit was the inequity of allocation of athletic resources for the female student-athletes. After a one and one-half week-long trial in December 2018, Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim issued a decision on August 1, 2019. The decision found that St. Cloud State University (“SCSU”) was in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. The Court found that SCSU has been out of compliance with Title IX for years by failing to provide equal opportunities for female athletes and, instead, offering more support to men’s teams.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Portz case, click here.