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Since 1933, The Hennepin Lawyer has been a respected resource for articles about the legal profession and developments in the law—particularly as they relate to practice in Hennepin County, as well as providing news on the local legal community and bar association. HCBA members receive copies of the current digital edition via email. 
Profiles in Practice: Michael Dittberner
Chelsea Barr
Oct 29, 2021
Family law practitioner Michael Dittberner takes a unique approach to his legal practice that leaves many in awe of his talents and abilities.
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Profiles in Practice: Cresston Gackle
Will Ashenmacher
Oct 29, 2021
For Cresston Gackle, starting his own firm was a risk. But it was a risk he knew he had to take.
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Profiles in Practice: Amanda Harrington
Megan Bowman
Oct 29, 2021
In many ways, the role of program manager of Be@School, a program of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, is the kind of position Amanda Harrington dreamed about when she first started her career.
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Profiles in Practice: Elizabeth Kelly
Satveer Chaudary
Oct 29, 2021
When Beth Kelly speaks with law students and mentees, she encourages them to seek their own path, “Don’t listen to what others say you should be doing, follow what you want to do.
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Profiles in Practice: Sinloria Macrae
Samuel M. Johnson
Oct 29, 2021
When I met Sinloria Macrae, I quickly realized she possesses wisdom and experience well beyond her years.
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Profiles in Practice: Christy Vu DePasquale
Kenzie Gerber
Oct 29, 2021
Christy Vu DePasquale currently works as an attorney at the Autism Advocacy & Law Center, providing specialized assistance to individuals needing unique solutions, but her journey to the legal profession started on the west coast.
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Profiles in Practice: Zac McFarland
Aaron Frederickson
Oct 29, 2021
Black? White? Football player? Lawyer? These are questions Zac McFarland has asked himself since he was a young kid growing up in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
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New to the Bench: Judge Anna Andow
Sep 07, 2021
Judge Anna Andow was appointed as a judge in the Fourth Judicial District in February of 2021. She shares some of her background and her experience getting acclimated to the bench.
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10 Questions with Patrice Kloss
Sep 07, 2021
Patrice Kloss, a partner at Fox Rothschild, answers 10 questions about her career and life outside the law.
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A New Chapter for the Hennepin Lawyer
Sep 01, 2021
Updates from the Publications Committee on changes to the Hennepin Lawyer.
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Ethics: Navigating Your Clients’ Mental Health Issues
Eric T. Cooperstein
Sep 01, 2021
Eric T. Cooperstein discusses the ethical dilemmas when working with a client who is experiencing mental health challenges.
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Inside View: Well, Well, Well… ness.
Azure Schermerhorn-Snyder
Sep 01, 2021
THL Issue Editor Azure Schermerhorn-Snyder introduces this month's issue: well-being and the law.
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Introducing Brandon Vaughn: 2021-2022 HCBA President
Aug 27, 2021
On July 1st, Brandon Vaughn became the 103rd president of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Vaughn is a partner at Robins Kaplan, where he represents victims of medical malpractice, and individuals injured by others due to no fault of their own. In this interview, Vaughn shares what brought him to the HCBA, reflections on the last year and a half, and his vision for this bar year.
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Meet Michael Boulette: 2021-2022 HCBA Secretary
Aug 27, 2021
The HCBA welcomes Michael Boulette to membership on its executive committee for the 2021-22 bar year. On July 1st, Boulette was introduced to the association’s officer ranks as secretary, beginning a five-year leadership track that will have him serve as president for the 2024-25 bar year. Boulette is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, where he practices family law.
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Behind The Mask: The First Year Of Practice
Joshua D. Franklin
Aug 27, 2021
Getting over graduation cancellations due to the pandemic and then studying for the bar exam were already a feat, but the class of 2020 and other new lawyers deserve an honorable mention for taking their lawyer’s oath behind a computer and then practicing entirely in a remote setting for almost a year.
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Moving Back to the Courtroom
Judge JaPaul J. Harris
Aug 27, 2021
What to Expect and How to Be Prepared: Prior to March 2020, we packed courtrooms with little care or awareness about space and public health. In March 2020 that changed as we were told to stay away from these courtrooms and as we became keenly aware of social distancing, masking, hand sanitizer, and plexiglass shields. Now we are going back into the places we were told to stay away from for our safety. In this article, I will discuss the challenges we face as we return to the courtroom and the steps attorneys can take as we move to in-person court appearances.
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The Best Life Hack for Being a Good Lawyer: Exercise
Joani Moberg
Aug 27, 2021
As lawyers and busy professionals, especially during a pandemic, life feels like an endless list of things we should or must do. Too often, self-care becomes another tedious and overwhelming item on that list. From there, we fall into a cycle of feeling too busy to care for ourselves, which in turn makes life feel more stressful and we are less likely to care for ourselves even when that is what we need most. It’s an endless and toxic cycle.
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Spirituality and Well-Being
Lisa Buck
Aug 27, 2021
When we think of health, we often envision exercise and eating well (physical health) or stress reduction and therapy (mental health). But a third facet of health— spiritual— is often overlooked. Emerging research indicates that spirituality is as important to our well-being. This article explores what spirituality is and the role it plays in our lives.
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Post-traumatic Growth and Your Career
Joan Bibelhausen
Aug 27, 2021
As we ponder our work lives in the near and distant future, this article will focus on occupational well-being while recognizing that all six areas are equally important. How can you do your best thinking and best work if other aspects of your well-being are at risk?
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Stress, Drink, Leave
Patrick R. Krill
Aug 27, 2021
Warnings and Opportunities Around Lawyer Mental Health in a Post-COVID Era. With summer now behind us and many legal professionals in the process of returning to an office either full- or part-time, this is a pivotal moment that warrants pausing and thoughtfully checking in with our mental health and personal well-being
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Members: Sign up for new Tri-Bar CLE Planning Group
Nov 16, 2021
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YWCA Equity Challenge and Bar Association DEI Discussions
Jun 10, 2021
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Statement from MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA Presidents on State vs. Derek Chauvin decision
Apr 22, 2021
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