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Maddy Teka, Esq.

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Maddy Teka, Esq., Legal Writer

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Maddy Teka holds a law degree from Ethiopia, and a JD and LLM from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Maddy worked as a diplomat in Ethiopia and has over a decade of experience practicing in different areas of law, including corporate law, international law, immigration law, and family law in both the U.S. and Ethiopia. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Latest Articles

  • Supreme Court to Hear an Abortion Case Challenging Roe V. Wade

    Roe v. Wade has been the target of conservative groups since the decision was handed down in 1973. Now, for the first time in almost 50 years, the Supreme Court's holding in that landmark case is at real risk of being at least partially overturned. The conservative majority Supreme Court agreed to take on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case challenging a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of conception.

  • Biden Increases Refugee Admissions Cap: What This Means

    President Biden recently signed an order raising the refugee cap to 62,500 from 15,000, a record low during the Trump administration. Global resettlements were mostly halted because of the previous administration's immigration policies and the ongoing pandemic. The president, when signing the order said, “The United States Refugee Admissions Program embodies America's commitment to protecting the most vulnerable, and to stand as a beacon of liberty and refuge to the world.

  • How Does Voluntary Intoxication Affect Sexual Assault Cases?

    The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that a felony rape charge does not apply if the victim was voluntarily intoxicated. The decision stems from a case involving a Minneapolis man convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The defendant, Francios Momolu Khalil, was accused of taking an intoxicated woman to his home and sexually assaulting her.

  • Derek Chauvin Trial Jury Selection Explained

    Former police officer Derek Chauvin currently stands trial facing second-degree unintentional murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder charges for George Floyd's death. Floyd's death last May sparked protests with thousands calling for change in the nation's criminal justice system. The jury selection process for this trial was finalized after eleven days of questioning by the prosecution and defense attorneys.

  • Biden Reversed the Ban on Transgender People Serving in the Military: What Does That Mean?

    In a recent executive order, President Joe Biden reversed the transgender military ban that former President Donald Trump instituted in his favored mode of communication, a tweet. This order brings back the Obama-era policy that allowed transgender people to serve in the military openly.

  • Black History Month: An Overview

    Since 1976, every president has issued a national decree designating February as Black History Month to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month is more than a celebration. It is also the time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice in the country. How did this celebration start, and why is it celebrated in February? History of the Black History Month Black History Month was first conceived when Carter G.

  • Tax Changes Small Business Owners Should Be Aware of This Year

    Tax season is approaching. Here's what you need to know when you file taxes for your small business in 2021. COVID-19 and Tax Incentives for Small Businesses A lot of small businesses took a hit because of the pandemic. To help these businesses, the government has created some tax incentives. These incentives include: Paycheck Protection Program: The CARES Act allowed small businesses to take a forgivable loan for payroll, rent, and utility payments.

  • Is COVID-19 a Valid Reason to Request an Absentee Ballot?

    With voters standing close to each other in line and polling workers handling thousands of ballots, in-person voting can be a potential recipe for community transmission of COVID-19. Thus, states are taking different measures to ensure Americans can safely cast a vote during the pandemic. By now, most states have either allowed absentee voting or postponed their primaries. What Is Absentee Voting? If you are voting absentee, that means you can vote early or by mail.

  • New York Democratic Primary Canceled Because of COVID-19: What Are the Implications?

    A federal judge in New York overruled the state’s electoral board decision not to conduct a Democratic primary in New York this year. The electoral board’s decision would have made New York first state to cancel their primaries amid fears over COVID-19.   Originally, the primaries were scheduled to take place on April 28. But the state issued an executive order postponing it to June 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • What Will Be the Effects of the Executive Order Suspending Immigration to the U.S.?

    President Trump has signed an executive order temporarily suspending certain immigrant visas as a measure to protect American jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This order comes after a staggering 26 million people have already applied for unemployment benefits. What Will Be the Effects of the Executive Order? The order, which was issued April 22 and will be effective for 60 days, bans people seeking immigrant visas from entering the country.

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