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Richard Dahl

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Richard Dahl, Legal Writer

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Legal writer Richard Dahl focuses his work primarily on FindLaw’s consumer blogs.

Richard is a native of Minnesota, where he worked as a writer and editor for several years before moving to Boston and entering the field of legal journalism. He worked as a staff writer at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Lawyers USA for five years and then embarked on a freelance career that provided him an opportunity to write for a wide variety of publications. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the ABA Journal, The Nation, and Environmental Health Perspectives. He’s also done extensive writing for law schools, including Harvard, Notre Dame, and the University of Minnesota.

He returned to Minnesota and joined Thomson Reuters in 2019. He lives in leafy St. Paul and enjoys hiking and day trips into the countryside.

Latest Articles

  • Why Can't I Buy a Car on Sunday?

    Let's say you are a Minnesotan with a very busy schedule that only provides a few hours of "me time" on Sundays. Let's also say you're in the market for a new car. This means the logical time for you to check out new models is Sunday. If so, forget it. Minnesota law forbids the sale of cars at dealerships on Sundays.

  • Should Cash Bail Be Abolished?

    While a few states have taken steps to give judges more leeway to waive cash bail when they think situations warrant it, only one state has decided to take the full dive and ban cash bail outright. That state is Illinois, and they will begin doing it after Jan. 1, 2023 – unless, that is, a lawsuit by several dozen state prosecutors and sheriffs stops it.

  • Do Employers Have to Tell You They Are Monitoring Your Computer?

    It's so comfy wearing pajamas or sweatpants as you work. Millions of Americans have grown accustomed to the benefits of work from home, now known to all as WFH, since the pandemic began in 2020.

  • Reviewing the Midterm Ballot Election Results

    The ballots facing voters in the midterm elections contained the fewest ballot questions in the last two decades. But there were enough of them — 140, to be exact — to provide a picture of what voters think about a variety of subjects. Now that most of the votes have been counted, we can review the returns to see how Americans responded. Here is a summary.

  • How Did Abortion Fare in the Midterms?

    Results from the first post-Dobbs election reveal that abortion remains a powerful issue for voters. Abortion-rights supporters prevailed in all five states with ballot questions on the issue in 2022. Also, in races where the Supreme Court's June reversal of Roe v. Wade was an issue, voters appeared to strongly support abortion rights. Ballot questions in three states — California, Michigan, and Vermont — sought to enshrine abortion rights into their constitutions, and each passed by wide margins.

  • What Do True-Crime Shows Owe Victims and Survivors?

    Psychologists say one of the reasons people love watching true-crime shows is because they remind them that their own lives could be worse. Right now, Netflix lists about 40 original shoes on its true-crime page, including horrible tales of monstrous people and their victims. People consider themselves fortunate that they are not the victims of horrible crimes, of course. But they're also happy that they don't have to deal with the pain of being a victim's survivor.

  • Are Ballot Selfies Legal?

    After casting our ballots, many of us proudly share online photos of ourselves with an "I Voted" sticker attached to our shirt, cheek, or forehead. There's nothing wrong with proclaiming your good citizenship with that kind of selfie. But if you're thinking of posting a selfie with a ballot, you might think again.

  • Taking a Look at the Statewide Ballot Questions

    In addition to electing people in the midterm elections, voters also say yes or no to ballot questions. This year's midterms are unusually heated as the result of partisan divisions, so it might come as a surprise that the number of ballot measures facing voters is one of the lowest in the last 22 years. According to Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan and nonprofit online encyclopedia, the number of ballot questions this year is the second lowest among general and midterm elections since 2000.

  • Should You Worry About Poll Watchers?

    Poll watchers have long played a role in ensuring elections operate properly. The concept, in place for more than a century, is quite basic: Allowing many sets of eyes to keep watch in polling places has generally produced a belief that elections are fair. However, as the midterm elections approach and partisan groups are pledging to be far more visible and assertive than poll watchers of yore, we can't be so certain now that the peace will hold.

  • What Voting Restrictions Are in Place for the Midterm Elections?

    As the midterm elections near, voters in many states are facing a wide range of new requirements — and restrictions — as they prepare to cast their ballots. State legislatures broke records in 2021 and 2022 for enacting measures around voting rights. Most of this activity made it tougher for people to vote.

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