Justin Cummins (’97) Receives NELA Dedicated Advocacy Award
MAY 22, 2013—Justin Cummins (’97) received the 2013 Karla R. Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award from the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyer Association (NELA) at a banquet held May 20 in St. Paul. The award recognizes Cummins's work in advancing employment law and civil rights.
Cummins and his brother, Brendan Cummins, co-founded Cummins & Cummins, LLP, based in downtown Minneapolis. He prosecutes cases of retaliation, harassment, and discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas. Cummins also litigates labor law, wage, non-compete, consumer, and constitutional claims. In addition, he provides strategic advice to individuals and labor organizations in non-litigation as well as contractual matters.
Cummins has taught courses on employment law and civil rights litigation at the Law School, and he spearheaded the development of the Workers' Rights Clinic. He is a past chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section and a past Officer of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Eighth Circuit and Minnesota Boards.
The Karla R. Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award was established in 2000 by Minnesota NELA to honor the memory of Karla Wahl and to continue her tradition of promoting employee rights. Wahl was a dedicated and loyal advocate of civil rights who worked to protect and advance the rights of employees in Minnesota.