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Montana reservations reportedly ‘dumping grounds’ for predatory priests

August 17th, 2017Posted By: Megan

Contributor: Great Falls Tribune - Seaborn Larson

HAYS – For decades, even lifetimes, the Catholic Church refused to turn in priests with known pasts of sexually abusing children, women and men. The story is known in as many corners of the world as the Catholic Church exists, including Montana’s two dioceses. Hundreds of victims have come forward with stories of abuse from […]

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Good Child Welfare Metrics May Help Avert Lawsuits

August 7th, 2017Posted By: Megan

Contributor: Daniel Pollack, MSSA (MSW), JD

Today’s child welfare administrators, supervisors, and front-line staff need real-time information for real-time concerns. So do the clients, regulators, advocates, and journalists that have an interest in the agency. Without immediate access to relevant data, tragedies—otherwise preventable—may occur. And, as we all know, lawsuits frequently follow tragedies. Child welfare workers need to be able to […]

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Montana diocese files for bankruptcy ahead of trial

April 3rd, 2017Posted By: Megan

Contributor: Great Falls Tribune - Seaborn Larson

An attorney representing nearly half of the 72 survivors who suffered sexual abuse and rape at the hands of priests and nuns in rural Montana say the church’s decision to file for bankruptcy is a step in the right direction. The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court, […]

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Family sues driver, employer over fatal crash in northeast Spokane

March 20th, 2017Posted By: Megan

Contributor: - Chad Sokol

Balta Gonzalez was pedaling a bicycle along East Mission Avenue when a pickup truck veered across the median and suddenly accelerated in his direction. Witnesses said Gonzalez, 45, was scooped onto the hood of the truck and flung onto the railroad tracks that intersect Mission near Rebecca Street. He died of blunt head injuries. Prosecutors […]

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Sergio Garcidueñas-Sease Receives the Carl Maxey Award

June 30th, 2016Posted By: Megan

Attorney Sergio Garcidueñas-Sease is the 2016 Recipient of the Carl Maxey Award!  Sergio received this award from the Washington State Association for Justice on June 24, 2016 in recognition of his commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The critera for the Carl Maxey Award is as follows: A WSAJ member who has demonstrated a […]

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