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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I've enjoyed many aspects of fishing my entire life. From being a kid and prowling the yard after rainstorms to find nightcrawlers for bait, to last summer when I landed a whopper (I mean my friend's shoe). The local lakes aren't frozen over enough to drag an ice house out just yet but while you wait, you'll find some fish law-related stories in this edition of LND. Now if I can just cross learning to fly fish off my bucket list, I'll be one happy angler.

Minnesota Legal News

  • Mandatory sentences not always the case for Minnesota gun crimes: KARE 11
  • Backlash grows against sex offender program: Star Tribune
  • Breaking down Minnesota's judiciary: MinnPost
  • New winter walleye rules for Upper Red Lake: LaCrosse Tribune
  • District courtrooms across Minnesota seeing unprecedented influx of new judges: Star Tribune
  • Plus: Byron Smith Must Pay $21K To Teens' Families; and Newport mayor sued over alleged meeting violations

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Bar and Association News

  • Guide helps attorneys prepare for Minnesota district court appearances: MSBA Sections
  • MSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section awards $10,000 in ADR grants: MSBA Sections
  • You're invited to the Campaign for Legal Aid Annual Luncheon Celebration: SMRLS
  • Minnesota Employer Retaliation Laws: Many Traps for the Unwary: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now; and 2014 Winter Tri-Bar Social and Fundraiser

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Legal Blogs

  • A Labor and Employment Audit of Santa's Workshop: NY Labor and Employment Law Report
  • Taking the Plunge: Do You Want to Be Managing Partner? At the Intersection
  • Prisons Ordered to Speed Up Paroles: Trial Insider
  • Is It Illegal to Drive Without Snow Tires, Snow Chains? FindLaw
  • Passcode vs. Touch ID: A Legal Analysis: 9to5 Mac
  • Plus: They Went Broke and Lived Happily Ever After; and PHOs: Illegal Food Additives Since 2005

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The Profession

  • Embezzlement by Legal Industry Workers Not Just For Law Firms: Mississippi Legal Malpractice Blog
  • Stanford research suggests ways to close the gender gap in law schools: Stanford Report
  • Should Legal Funding Be Disclosed In Court? LFC360
  • Law gets fashionable as labels learn to love litigation: AFP
  • It's unethical for prosecutors to lend out letterhead to debt collectors, ABA opinion says: ABA Journal
  • Plus: Report Says Wrong Fit Can Be Costly: Business of Law; and Medical-Legal Partnerships: Solutions Through an Integrated Approach

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National Legal News

  • Texas Supreme Court says pet owners can't sue for pets' sentimental value: Dallas Morning News
  • Former convict cooks up social change with restaurant chain: BBC
  • Lawsuit settled over N.J. nuclear plant fish kills: North Jersey Media Group
  • 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting: Associated Press
  • Yates v. United States: Angling for A Narrower Statute (and Other Fish-Related Wordplay): National Review
  • Plus: Victims Of Online Threats Say Perpetrators Aren't Being Caught; and Madoff trustee recoups nearly $500 million more for customers

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