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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


When you work with the same person day in and day out, year after year, a magical thing can happen in that relationship. You become friends. My colleague, Dick Ericson, a person I am fortunate to call a friend, will be leaving the MSBA after 24 years to pursue new opportunities. Even if you don't know him, you should be aware that the work Dick has done over the years has had a positive impact on every member of this Association. It has been a pleasure to call him a colleague and his sharp wit, entertaining stories, and unwavering work ethic will be missed. This week's issue of LND is dedicated to him and I hope you wish him as much good fortune as I do as he embarks on a new career adventure. Travel far Kal-El!

Minnesota Legal News

  • Q&A: Answers to church abuse settlement questions: Post Bulletin
  • Will Vikings violate their contract with U-Minn. if 'Redskins' is used at Nov. 2 game? Washington Post
  • Task force: Child protection system should be revamped: Minnesota Public Radio
  • Suburban counties at odds with Met Council: ABC
  • St. Louis County Board agrees to take state's invasive species cash: Duluth News Tribune
  • Plus: Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule Starts October 15

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Bar and Association News

  • Looking for a new job? The MSBA has two open positions: MSBA
  • Celebrate Pro Bono Week 2014: Last call to register for Pro Bono CLE: Pro Bono
  • Minnesota State Bar Foundation awards grants: MN State Bar Foundation
  • Deadline approaching for comments on judicial elections position: MSBA
  • Marketing Ethics: Part II - Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Your 2015 Marketing Plan: MSBA
  • MNsure Appeals - Current Trends After One Year: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: Panel Discussion about the Impact of Addiction on the Legal Profession; and Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waivers: A Status Report

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Legal Blogs

  • Before You Go to Law School: Chronicle Vitae
  • Are Working Women Lawyers Still Disadvantaged? Ms. JD
  • Law Firm Risk, Debt and Shared Aspirations: Managing Law Firm Transition
  • Ninth Circuit's neutrality questioned on gay rights: SCOTUS Blog
  • How to break into sports law? Here's how I did it: Sports Law Blog
  • Plus: 5 Lessons from Kindergarten to Ease Estate Administrations; and Lawyers Get Organized With Microsoft’s OneNote

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The Profession

  • Become part of the Supreme Court's Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee: MSBA
  • Volunteer for 29th season of Mock Trial Program: High School Mock Trial Program
  • Why pay big money for paper statutes and court rules sets? MSBA
  • Comments Sought on Proposed Ethics Rule Amendments: MN Courts
  • Court-related violence; 15 facts every judge (and attorney) should know: Pendleton Updates
  • Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancies in the Second Judicial District: Office of the Minnesota Governor
  • Plus: Not Your Mother's Pro Bono; and An Unlikely Trio Files a Rare Supreme Court Protest

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National Legal News

  • If the Word 'How' Is Trademarked, Does This Headline Need a TM? New York Times
  • Asset seizures fuel police spending: Washington Post
  • Court grants inmate class action in Native Hawaiian religion case: Garden Island
  • NFL Defeats Ex-Players' Publicity Rights Lawsuits:
  • The Ohio Sperm-Bank Controversy: A New Case for Reparations? The New Yorker
  • Plus: Private donors, including Target and IBM, supply spy gear to cops; and Supreme Court blocks Texas from enforcing law that would close most abortion facilities

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