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Legal News Digest

Ugh. So it’s going to get kind of hot out there (okay, that’s not a law-related link, and it will consume two minutes that you're never going to get back). On the other hand, it’s a great time to stay indoors and, say, catch up on the MSBA’s new member services. In particular we’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding our practicelaw library of resources. As many of you have already noticed, practicelaw has a new home at You can get a quick overview of the new practicelaw in this video. Want to jump to a specific task? Here are three ‘bookmarks’ to guide you to particular sections of the video:

And don't forget to drink plenty of fluids. 

Access to Justice

  • Professor: Technology doesn’t change the need for legal protection. New York Times
  • Disabled behind bars: The mass incarceration of people with disabilities in America’s jails and prisons. American Progress
  • Indiana: Southern District mandatory pro bono service to start in October. Indiana Lawyer
  • Legal Services Advocacy Project publishes annual session summaries. MN Legal Services
  • Wisconsin issues final order for half of unclaimed funds in class action settlements to go to civil legal aid (PDF). WI Supreme Court
  • What do you do now? Emeritus pro bono in retirement. ABA Voice of Experience

Association News

  • The MSBA is hiring: attorney editor wanted. MSBA
  • Get the most out of Casemaker, the MSBA’s new legal research provider: There are two upcoming webinar Q&A sessions with Casemaker staffers (click on the links at the appointed time): Thursday 7/21 at 4 p.m. and Friday, 7/29 at 8:30 a.m.
  • MSBA eBook: The complete first edition of Minnesota Land Use Law, by Karen E. Marty, is now available—and free to members. (PDF download). MSBA
  • Best practices for developing and delivering high-quality CLEs. Bloomberg Law
  • The MSBA TECHstar conference is coming. Check out the speakers--and register--today. MSBA

The Courts

  • Meet the candidates for MN Supreme Court at a League of Women Voters Forum next Wednesday, July 27.
  • Supreme Court promulgates amendments to the Special Rules of Practice for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. MN Courts
  • Federal judge tosses drug evidence because DEA didn’t get warrant for ‘StingRay’ tracking device. ABA News
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court: Judges can consider predictive algorithms in sentencing. WSJ Law Blog
  • This guy trains computers to find future criminals. Bloomberg Law
  • Supreme Court about to enter legal fight over trans rights and bathroom access. Huffington Post
  • Are unpaid internships still legal? The law is fuzzier than ever. Fast Company
  • Michigan appellate court: Sentence via videoconference is inhumane. WSJ Law Blog

Diversity and Inclusion

  • The current issue of Law Practice Today contains a dozen articles examining different aspects of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • Minnesota police have $1.5M for racial sensitivity training—but no training, yet. Pioneer Press
  • Judge refuses to dismiss Minnesota desegregation suit. Star Tribune
  • A shattering act of civil disobedience. The Atlantic
  • What it’s like to be black in Naperville, America. Chicago Tribune
  • Book excerpt: When women were included in the Civil Rights Act as a joke. Longreads
  • Something Is rotten in the state of Minnesota: Behind the shooting death of Philando Castile lies the worst racial gap in the country. Politico

Legal Education

  • Orrick to help its new associates pay off law school debt. New York Times
  • Albany Law School's 2-year program first fast-track program to come at a discount. TaxProfBlog
  • AccessGroup launches new loan calculator for prospective, current, and graduated law students. AccessGroup
  • Should law schools take the lead in developing post-graduate, non-profit legal training programs? SSRN
  • Katrina Lee argues that email should be a part of a legal writing curriculum. SSRN
  • James Grimmelmann furthers a discussion on a new publishing model that might make casebooks more affordable. Law School Cafe
  • Fight between law pro and law review editor gets published. Above the Law
  • What you need to know about networking as a law student. U.S. News & World Report

Minnesota News

  • Target hires Xerox’s top lawyer as chief legal officer. Bloomberg Law
  • Body cams part of downtown Minneapolis officers’ uniforms. Star Tribune
  • Philando Castile was pulled over 49 times in 13 years, often for minor infractions. New York Times
  • Fiery debate over ‘warrior’ training for officer in Castile shooting. Pioneer Press
  • Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread. Star Tribune
  • Minnesota teacher tenure lawsuit faces first hurdle. Pioneer Press
  • Bloomington man with colorful past vows to keep fighting after judge tosses his pollution suit. Star Tribune

National News

  • Pokemon Go spurs lawyers to stop and consider legal issues. ABA News
  • Pokemon Go terms & conditions strip users of legal rights. TechCrunch
  • Commonly used roadside drug tests routinely yield false positives. Pro Publica
  • Tesla’s autopilot driving mode is a legal nightmare. Gizmodo
  • Deflategate: Tom Brady got exactly what the NFLPA bargained for. Above the Law

The Profession

  • The Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project is holding training seminars on new laws around the state. BWLAP
  • Harris Poll releases its annual poll on “prestige” of various professions and occupations (PDF). Harris Poll
  • Bloomberg Law's survey of highly paid GCs. Bloomberg Law
  • Work-Life Balance For The Busy Solo Attorney. Smokeball
  • How Companies Escape the Traps of the Past. Harvard Business Review

For Solo and Small Firms

  • Why you should go on vacation. Above the Law
  • This Week In Legal Tech: Exclusive results of a new small-firm survey. Above the Law
  • Road Warrior: Life with less paper. GPSolo
  • Enterprising lawyer Q&A: Practicing low bono. Attorney at Work
  • How solos and smalls feel about those $180k Biglaw salaries. My Shingle


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