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Volume XIV | Issue 2



Greetings from the Chair

Greetings New Lawyers!

The New Lawyers Section of the MSBA (“NLS”) is about three-quarters of the way through its 2011-12 bar year.  We’re proud of our accomplishments so far, and look forward to more during the remainder of the year. Read more...


CHANGES IN IMMIGRATION LAW AND PRACTICE: Prosecutorial Discretion and Its Implications for Immigration Attorneys
by Colleen Chambers

Recently, there has been a national discussion of the need for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. Taking matters into their own hands, a handful of states have passed their own strict laws, designed to curb unlawful immigration.   In the second half of 2011, the federal government joined this debate, making important policy announcements that promise to influence the work of immigration attorneys around the country.  Although President Obama’s administration has removed 1.1 million individuals from the United States, the highest number in 60 years, the administration spent the latter half of 2011 clarifying its enforcement priorities.  This article will explain recent changes in immigration policy and offer suggestions for immigration attorneys seeking to use these developments to their clients’ benefit. Read more...

Predictive Coding: Will It Supplant Temporary Document Review Attorneys?
By Dave Jensen

In my last article for Hearsay, I discussed the positives of working on temporary document review projects.  However, there is a developing technology on the horizon which threatens to eliminate the use of document review attorneys altogether.  “Predictive coding” received a lot of press in 2011 as a technology which would ostensibly revolutionize the way electronic discovery generally, and document review specifically, is done.  A New York Times article titled “Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software” received strong interest from litigators and document review attorneys alike.   Author John Markoff touted the benefits of machine-assisted review and hinted at a looming transition from attorney-led document review to a process completed entirely by computers. Read more...

So You Think You Can Mediate:  My Path to Becoming a
(Transformative) Mediator
Plus: 10 Tips for the New Attorney Who Wants To Become a Mediator
By Änna M. Hagstrom

I went to law school because I wanted to make my living by helping people. I thought the skills I would learn in law school would help me make a positive difference in my clients’ lives. Since beginning to practice, I have often found the ‘counselor’ piece of my role to be what my clients value most. Clients seek my help because they are in one of the most difficult times of their lives. Often, they feel uprooted, scared and angry. These emotions prevent them from recognizing that their problem is short-term. In my role as both attorney and counselor I can help my clients reach a settlement, but more importantly I can offer a resolution that eases their mind. In doing so, I make a difference in my clients’ lives not only on a practical level, but on a human level as well. Read more...

Judicial Practice Guide
By Michael Goodwin

Going to court is one of the most exciting and interesting aspects of being a lawyer. It can also be one of the most intimidating, especially if you are unfamiliar with the judge.

A project of the MSBA Civil Litigation Section is aimed at removing some of the uncertainty that accompanies appearing before a judge for the first time. Read more...

Preparing For Your First Mediation
By Cristina Parra Herrera

All civil cases filed in state court, except for family law matters, are subject to Minnesota Rule of General Practice 114, which governs alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Parties may choose from a variety of ADR methods, including arbitration and mediation. Read more...

How to Screw Up the Right Way
By Pamela Steinle

Once upon a time, a summer clerk had a dream opportunity: she happened to walk into the library when a senior partner was rifling through various treatises.  She asked if she could help him with his research, and after a contemplative pause he surprised her by saying yes.  He told her about the case, she found the research he needed, and everyone was prepared to live happily ever after. 

And then the screw-up happened.

By Jeremy Warring

What I was told about networking during law school: I have to do it. It’s important. The more I network the better off I will be. I need to meet as many people and go to as many events as possible. Never pass up a networking opportunity. Networking opens professional doors. 75% of people got their job because of somebody they knew.

What I did not learn: How to network effectively. Read more...

Hearsay Editors:

Christina M. Weber

Munazza Humayun


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