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Michael Boulette

Adjunct Faculty and Of Counsel at Barnes and Thornburg
J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law
B.A., Bowdoin College

As an advocate for clients in dissolution and other family law matters, Michael focuses his practice on marital dissolution, custody, and post-decree and appellate work in cases with complex financial and custodial issues. Whether a client is just beginning to consider divorce or an attorney is required for litigation, clients and opposing counsel trust Michael to handle cases with great care and expertise.

Michael credits his legal mentors for helping him achieve an exacting standard of practice in the area of family law. Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Daniel C. Moreno, a Judge in Hennepin County Family Court.

Michael is recognized by Minnesota Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" among his peers, an honor received by no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Minnesota. He is a prolific author, with articles appearing in legal publications ranging from University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy, to Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, and Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology.

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
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LAWS 774 - 01 Intnl Comparative Family Law M - W - - - - 0900 - 1025 MSL 238

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0900 - 1025


MSL 238

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22794 (View in ClassFinder)

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Michael P. Boulette

Every society somehow regulates the intimate, relational lives of individuals living within it. Most frequently, civil states claim (and excerise) authority over "family law" matters. But others make claims upon family life as well - whether group or individual, whether by formal or informal means, whether by religious or customary law. Such authority claims are often complicated by claims of "rights," for international human rights law increasingly purports to grant (or recognize) rights to individuals and groups that must be realized in the context of the family while state and societal law sometimes resists the application of such norms. In addition, a number of cross- boundary issues (adoption, child custody, or abduction, foreign marriage and/or divorces) arise in our increasingly global society, and these often impact local laws and policies. This course will investigate the authority claims of various groups (whether intermediate institutions or states) upon individuals and families, and the rights (and source of the same) claimed by individuals or families. Throughout, the course will pay special attention to the role of religion and faith, at both the individual and group levels. The course will also expose students to comparative legal systems regarding family structure, governance, and regulation, and will provide students both context and legal skills for dealing with transnational family law issues.

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