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The Role of Referees in District Court - Spotlight/Profiles - The Hennepin Lawyer - The Hennepin Lawyer
Perhaps a more visible change in Family Court in 2006 was the addition of three new referees, who are profiled below.Referees Kevin McGrath, Tsippi Wray, and Sangeeta Jain bring a wealth of family law experience to the court.
Referee Tsippi Wray also joined Family Court in April of in 2006, but was not a stranger to the court system, having served as a child support magistrate since 1999.Wray came to the
Wray worked for the Legal Aid Society and as a family law attorney in private practice before entering public service as a child support magistrate.
n her work as a magistrate, Wray gained a great deal of experience in dealing with pro se parties, albeit in the context of what she describes as a very narrow jurisdictional scope.
Wray appreciates the breadth of issues she sees as a referee, and enjoys being a broker of ideas as opposed to a mere decision maker.
n any given case, Wray feels it is her
duty to think through the possible alternatives, and identify why her
decision is the best outcome in light of the applicable law and facts.Wray makes it a priority to craft orders that are internally consistent and that do not lose sight of common sense.
free time, Wray
enjoys making pottery.