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Did you know there is more to practicelaw than just forms?  practicelaw is designed to be a repository of resources intended to help your practice.  Similarly, the MSBA’s practiceblawg is a blog for the Association to share with you how the MSBA can help you improve your efficiency and grow your practice.  The MSBA offers members a number of products and services and is always looking for ways to better serve its members and provide greater value.

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  • Get to know the new MSBA Colleague Directory

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jul 02, 2015
    As noted on Tuesday, the MSBA launched its new member directories in January. In addition to the new public MN Find a Lawyer directory, the Association revamped its colleague program, creating a private members-only directory that is available exclusively to members and available 24/7 via the MSBA website. The new Colleague Directory includes the 'brief consult' functionality of the old program but offers members a number of other ways to connect, whether for expanded business opportunities or other reasons.
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  • MN Find a Lawyer by the numbers

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 30, 2015
    As discussed in recent practiceblawg posts, the MSBA launched two new member directories in January, MN Find a Lawyer and the MSBA Colleague Directory, and based in part on feedback from members is in the process of updating the directories to improve performance and functionality. With MN Find a Lawyer, over a thousand MSBA members have taken advantage of this free service, and the directory gets over 8,000 searches each month. But what other interesting facts and figures are available about the new MN Find a Lawyer?
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  • Failing to plan is planning to fail

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 25, 2015
    The capstone event to the MSBA Annual Convention and the June Assembly meeting mark the end of the Association's fiscal year. For the past several months the Association has been planning for FY16 and beyond. Whether you go by a fiscal or calendar year, how far ahead do you plan? 1 year? Two? Five?
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  • New partnerships, more practice tools

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 23, 2015
    The MSBA offers many practice tools and resources designed to help members practice more efficiently and successfully. This year, the Association released several major updates to some of these services, including the Directories and mndocs. In addition, the MSBA offers members discounts on a number of products and services through its Advantage program, which now includes two new relationships: Clio and Citrix ShareFile.
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  • MSBA Directories update

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 17, 2015
    The new MN Find a Lawyer and MSBA Colleague Directory launched in January. Since the launch of the new directories, over 1,000 members have added their profiles to MN Find a Lawyer, allowing potential clients to find them using a number of criteria, including practice area and geography. The directory gets over 8,000 searches each month, and offers members a great -- and free -- way to reach more potential clients.
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  • On this day...

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 15, 2015
    Perhaps you've seen something about one of the many events relating to the Magna Carta this year. (This Friday, the New Lawyers Section, along with several other organizations, is hosting an all-day summit at the Bakken Museum, for example.) On this day in 1215, King John put his seal on the Great Charter.
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  • MSBA Annual Convention underway

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 12, 2015
    The MSBA Annual Convention (formerly Nine Days in June) began yesterday in Lakeville and continues today in Brainerd. Next week the roadshow heads to Duluth, St. Cloud and Blaine, and then wraps up the following week with Rochester, Mankato and Minneapolis.
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  • A conversation on law school debt

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 09, 2015
    Hennepin County Bar Association, through its New Lawyers Section, recently released a video discussing the realities and ramifications of law school debt. The stated goal of the video is to summarize the results of a 2015 member survey but also to start a conversation about how the cost of law school is affecting this generation of lawyers and the legal profession in general
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  • Keeping up with the MSBA

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 04, 2015
    The MSBA maintains a number of social media channels as well as other publications and communications to inform members of the valuable services available.
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  • Leave the Office Earlier Day

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 02, 2015
    Today, June 2, is Leave the Office Earlier Day. Never heard of it? Check out the backstory here. With the sun setting later and rain on the horizon, today is a good day to get out and enjoy the Minnesota weather.
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  • mndocs update

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 31, 2015
    After extensive research and evaluation of the existing mndocs product, the MSBA decided to move its automated document assembly program -- mndocs -- to a new cloud-based platform, HotDocs Market. The new mndocs on HotDocs Market offers much greater accessibility and functionality to members while still providing the same content and a familiar look and feel. Following the move to Market, the MSBA will be rolling out hundreds of new and updated forms, in practice areas including family law, adoption, estate planning, business law, and criminal law, with more to come.
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  • With digital security, is it possible to have too much of a good thing?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 29, 2015
    Much has been written about the need for lawyers to get serious about security. Examples abound in corporate America of data breaches and compromised systems. The ABA Model Rules now include language concerning a lawyer’s duty regarding tech competence. Past practiceblawg posts and numerous other sources have discussed the importance of two-factor authentication and secure client portals. But is there a point where social engineering and human nature eclipse computer engineering and technological innovation?
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  • Convenient and Current CLE Content

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 28, 2015
    As the 2014-2015 Bar year winds down -- or perhaps more accurately crescendos next month with the Annual Meetings throughout the state -- we look back at the more than 250 continuing education programs offered by the MSBA this year, many of which are now available On-Demand as well.
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  • Benefits of blogging

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 26, 2015
    A recent post from Perceptio identified four reasons frequent blogging can help attorneys. Adding a blog to your website, and updating your content consistently, can lead to client acquisition, increased traffic, lead generation, and improved SEO. The post also include other helpful advice, like clearly identifying your target audience and including a call to action in your posts.
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  • Myth of the digital native

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 22, 2015
    Like the Jelly of the Month Club, ABA TECHSHOW is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. The Saturday morning plenary session featured Casey Flaherty and Andrew Perlman, creators of the Legal Tech Audit. Among other topics, Flaherty sought to dispel the myth of the digital native.
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  • Exit Surveys: client says "on the internet," which means...

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 21, 2015
    You've successfully resolved your client's matter and you're hoping to get some insight about where such a lucrative referral came from, so you ask the client only to get the response "I saw you on the internet." A useful response, but it doesn't help you determine which, if any, of your marketing strategies are paying off. One way to get more insight into internet traffic is through Google Analytics.
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  • Your MN Find a Lawyer Profile

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 17, 2015
    Averaging more than 8,000 searches each month, the new MSBA directories have been searched over 36,000 times since the January 1 launch. Have you added or updated your profile?
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  • The future is now

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 15, 2015
    People are generally aware of tools like mndocs intended to increase a lawyer's efficiency and make his or her day-to-day tasks simpler or easier, but there is another class of technology out there that seeks to not only replace the routine clerical work in an attorney's practice but also some of the analytical reasoning that to-date has generally been considered to be a fundamentally human part of the process.
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  • Quick & easy way to resize photo for MN Find a Lawyer profile

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 12, 2015
    If you're one of the many members who recently got a new professional headshot at the MSBA's first headshot day last month, you may have noticed that the final image you received was high resolution, and too big to directly upload for use as your profile photo on MN Find a Lawyer. Not to fear, there are many easy ways to resize the image.
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  • Two birds, one stone

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 11, 2015
    Pro bono is defined as “[b]eing or involving uncompensated legal services performed esp. for the public good.” Rule 6.1 sets the aspirational goal for Minnesota attorneys as at least 50 hours each year. While pro bono work is good for the profession and society as a whole, and offers attorneys a way to give back to their communities, it also provides attorneys an opportunity for professional development and to gain experience.
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