Christopher Soper
Clinical Professor of Law
Director of Legal Writing

Prof. Soper Discusses Archdiocese Bankruptcy Mediation on MPR

Professor Christopher Soper explained on Minnesota Public Radio the court's mediation order following a hearing in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis bankruptcy case and said that court-ordered mediation in church bankruptcy cases isn't unusual. Soper said mediation could allow for more confidentiality in settlement discussions between abuse victims and the Archdiocese. He continued: "Here, I think it's a good indication that at least victims and the archdiocese are looking for consensual resolution. We'll have to see whether the insurers will also be on board with that." There is ongoing litigation between a group of insurers and the Archdiocese regarding insurance coverage for abuse victims.