Legal Business-as-Usual Webcast. The Diploma Privilege

Event Description

Our topic this week is the Diploma Privilege: Anticipating a delayed Bar Exam, The Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners filed a petition on April 20, 2020 proposing to broaden the scope of the Student Practice Rules by allowing recent law school graduates to practice under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Proposed amendments include eliminating requirements that attorneys serve indigent clients and that the attorney be ‘duly enrolled’ at the time request for the certification is made.

In this week’s webcast, we’ll chat with Blair Harrington, chair of the MSBA’s New Lawyer Section and Hannah Scheidecker, a Mitchell Hamline 3L, about the petition’s proposed changes. We’ll talk about policy and ethical implications of amending the rules. Plus, are the proposed rules broad enough? Or, should they apply to second-time test takers and out-of-state examinees?

The comment period on the proposal ends May 22, 2020.

Also note, the Zoom Meeting fills up quickly. If you can't join on Zoom, find us at YouTube Live. We monitor chat on both channels.

Speaker Bios:

Blair Harrington is Employment Attorney at Taft Law; Chair of the New Lawyers Section of the MSBA. Blair represents employers in a broad range of litigated disputes and advising matters.

Hannah Scheidecker is 3L at Mitchell Hamline. She recently rallied students to sign a letter proposing adoption of a broader diploma privilege.

Mike Carlson is Practice Management Advisor for Minnesota State Bar Association. Prior to joining MSBA, Mike practiced in the area of trademark and business with Carlson Bailey and served 10 years as Reference Staff Attorney at Thomson Reuters.

Landon Ascheman is a top-rated criminal defense attorney and owner of Ascheman Law. He focuses primarily on Criminal Defense, representing individuals prosecuted by the State and Federal Government. He spends much of his free time mentoring law students and volunteering in the courts to serve those in need.

CLE Credits:

1.0 CLE credit applied for: 304458


Free to all members

0.5 Credits applied for

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

7:45 AM to 8:30 AM