Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Judge presiding in NFL mediation is Saint Mary’s University alum

WINONA, Minn. – The judge presiding over mediation of the National Football League labor dispute is an alumnus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Arthur J. Boylan, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Minnesota, graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1971 with a bachelor of arts degree in history.

Judge Boylan went on to earn a law degree in 1976 from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago Kent College of Law. He was in private practice for 10 years with the law firm of Hulstrand, Anderson and Larson, Willmar, Minn. In 1986, he was appointed to the Minnesota District Court, and in 1996 he was appointed U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge.

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson appointed Judge Boylan to preside over non-binding mediation of labor agreement negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Judge Boylan met with the players union on Tuesday (April 13), and met with NFL owners Wednesday. The two sides will meet together before Judge Boylan on Thursday.