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Unlimited On Demand CLE Pass
The MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA offer hundreds of hours of On Demand CLE programming each year covering over 25 practice areas.  With Unlimited On Demand, you can access that content in a way that is convenient and cost-effective.

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2019 Tubman Safety Project

3.75 Standard CLE Credits

The Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project provides high quality pro bono representation to low-income domestic violence victims seeking civil Orders for Protection (OFP) This CLE provides the training and materials for volunteer attorneys to represent assault victims with obtaining an OFP.

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  • Family Law
A Demonstration of CLEWills

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A demonstration of CLEWills, the new automated document system developed by Minnesota CLE as a companion to its popular Drafting Wills & Trust Agreements book of forms.  The presentation will allow for an up-close experience of the interview process for a will and a revocable trust agreement and a chance to see the output in real time.

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A Practitioner’s Toolkit for Capacity Testing and Expert Witness Analysis
The materials will (1) give the attorney a working understanding of how to test for capacity, (2) explain clinical capacity testing, (3) help the practitioner to understand how and why the tests are done,  and (4)  explain how to review expert opinions on clinical testing.
 
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Administrative Law Basics

2.0 Standard CLE Credits

This CLE will focus on the basics of Minnesota’s administrative law process, including contested case practice at the Office of Administrative Hearings. The CLE will provide an overview for any practitioner interested in expanding their practice into representing parties before the OAH, and is particularly suitable for attorneys who wish to provide pro bono and low bono representation, and law librarians who may receive questions about administrative law issues from pro se parties.

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Buying and Selling Lakeshore Property in Minnesota
Hear from Duluth longtime real estate attorney Paul Kilgore about buying and selling lakeshore property, including title, access, land use, liability and riparian rights issues.

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Client Representation in Residential Real Estate Brokerage

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Representing residential real estate consumers in brokered transactions, including agency relationships and licensing statute impacts your clients’ rights; spotting licensing violations and breaches of fiduciary duty; representing sellers; representing buyers; trips and traps for consumers and how to avoid them; ancillary services and products, and why you should care; forms; arbitration, and more.

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Commemorating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment 100 Years of Voting Rights and Civic Engagement

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Did you know that Minnesota can claim the first woman to vote in the nation, after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920? And that we also hold the current record for the highest voter turnout in the nation? Come learn more about Woman Suffrage in Minnesota, and how our voting rights continue to expand - and be challenged - today.

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Common Interest Communities: Unit Resales and Related Issues

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Legal requirements and procedures for resales of units within common interest communities (condominiums, planned communities, and cooperatives), and will address issues relating to unit resales.

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Comparison between Commercial and Residential Eviction

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Many lawyers are somewhat familiar with Minnesota Statutes Chapter 504B that addresses much of the relationship between landlords and tenants. The distinctions between residential and commercial evictions can be subtle and nuanced but also dramatic. These differences arise out of the 504B statute and also caselaw. This presentation would focus on those differences and similarities and how the last five years has changed that comparison. 

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Do Overs, Mulligans, and Second Chances | Winning Strategies for Post-Decisions Motions
It’s never fun to lose, and trying to steal victory from the jaws of defeat can be a risky proposition. Though post-trial motions remain critical to correcting errors and positioning your case for appeal, if they are misused they can take your case from bad to worse. In this session, we’ll review the common forms of post-decisions motions, the best uses of each, their necessity (or not) for keeping issues alive on appeal, common mistakes lawyers make in post-trial motions, as well as tips and tricks for how to most effectively and strategically deploy these motions in your practice.

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Don’t Panic! The Basics of an Ethics Complaint

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Co-presenters from the 2nd District Ethics Committee provide a summary of the ethics complaint process, from complaint to disciplinary recommendation.

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Easements 101
Basics about easements: What are they? How do they work? Best practices, tips, and tricks. 

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Ethics and Technology | Practical Tips for Your Practice

1.5 Ethics CLE Credits

According to Rule 1.1, comment 8, Minnesota attorneys are now expected to know the benefits and risks associated with technology in their practice. This session will review our ethical obligations when it comes to technology and provide tips for ensuring compliance.

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Handling Military Family Law Cases - Navigating the Booby Traps and Minefields without the Flak Jacket

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In addition to the active members of the Armed Forces, the Minnesota’s Guard and Reserve are facing increased mobilizations and multiple deployments.  In today’s military operating environment, it is more likely than ever that an unwary practitioner will find themselves dealing with a service member.  Critical to advocating effectively for your client requires the practitioner to understand pension division, military pay, child support but also the various benefits available to service members and their families. This presentation will provide practitioners with a once over the world on dealing with the common family law issues when a military member is involved and were to turn for help.

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Help for Attorneys in Crisis – Dealing with Lawyer Addiction and Impairment

1.0 Elimination of Bias Credit

How to recognize and obtain help when you, a work colleague or other professional colleague may have a substance use, mental health, or other issue that affects behavior, conduct and performance. Topics include understanding the issues, approaching the lawyer (including interventions), arranging assistance such as treatment, and practice management issues during and following a reduced work schedule or leave of absence. Colleagues can save careers, families, and lives.

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Helping Family Law Clients Understand Differences Between Common Types of Retirement Programs

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Tom Hughes will describe the differences in defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans in marriage dissolution cases.  MSRS, PERA, TRA and FERS  special considerations and common misunderstandings will be discussed.  The importance of survivor benefits and the tax considerations in receiving QDRO and IRA payments will also be reviewed.

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How to Develop (and Maintain) a Successful Real Estate Practice

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Basics/tips and information on using networking and marketing to get new clients.  Interpersonal skills to help keep your clients coming back.  Overall how to be a smarter, better and more successful lawyer.  A transactional checklist and sample retention agreement will be included.

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Immediate Responses to Criminal Law Questions
Hear from two criminal law practitioners about how to respond to calls with criminal law inquiries, before you even refer the caller/client to a criminal law attorney. What to advise when someone calls with “Do I take the test?” in a DWI situation, including criminal and civil impacts of different responses. What to respond when someone calls about being questioned by police, and how to respond to calls about police searches (house/apartment/office/car), touching on constitutional protections, search warrants, and consent. 

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Implicit Bias and Unconscious Bias as it Relates to Self Awareness and Accountability

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Marriage and family therapist Joe Reid, LMFT, Ph.D., will explore implicit bias/unconscious bias on the part of family law attorneys with the following presentation goals: - Define implicit bias and unconscious bias - Define and practice mindfulness as a resource and skill - Understand and explore my defense mechanism - Exploring how perceptions impact my relationships with others and how it impacts my decision making - Self assess my awareness and openness to the other (perceptions, values, beliefs, choices).

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Inside the Mind of the Ethical Lawyer

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Exploring the idea of ethical rules governing the practice of law as negative reinforcements to correct behavior, including discussion of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct and the most common violations of the Rules, practical strategies to avoid an ethical complaint, and an introduction to the complaint procedure, to help lawyers successfully navigate the process.

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Insurance Claims 101 for the Non-Insurance Lawyer
Learn about the basics of insurance claims from an experienced insurance law practitioner whose practice focuses on appeals and motions, mainly in the areas of administrative law, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith.

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Introduction to Business Valuation in a Marital Dissolution

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Factors to consider when determining whether a business valuation is needed in a divorce; common business valuation terminology; introduction to valuation approaches and methods; discussion of the income approach; and common errors in a business valuation report.

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Law and Literature Trial Trilogy | Race, Gender, And Bias in Three Acts Trial Act III | “Twelve Angry Men”
The law embodies a perspective, but whose?  These three law and literature CLEs look at the role that racial and gender biases have in the law through a discussion of three literary works: Susan Keating Glaspell’s short story, “A Jury of Her Peers,” Ann Petry’s short story, “The Witness;” and Reginald Rose’s play, “Twelve Angry Men.” 

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Law Day CLE-Persistence and Change in Felon Voting Restrictions

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A half-dozen defendants sat in the courtroom, all described as “model probationers” living and working in Minneapolis. But they were facing new felony and the atmosphere was tense. Their crime? Illegal voting. They did not sell their votes or stuff the ballot box, they simply arrived at their polling place and cast ballots like so many of us did. Their new felony charges arose because in 27 US states it is illegal to vote while serving a probation sentence in the community. This talk will review research and policy developments in felon disenfranchisement law and policy, with a focus on developments in Minnesota. After addressing the origins, scope, political and racial impact, and public opinion on the practice, it considers the meaning of these legal restrictions in the context of contemporary debates in the United States and other nations.
 
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Law in the Time of COVID: Virtual Court and Administrative Practice

2.0 Standard CLE Credits

How local tribunals are handling court hearings and trials in this time of COVID, with restrictions, partial re-opening, and social distancing recommendations. Hear about different practice areas and from both perspectives, bench and practitioner.

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Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project Update

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Update on the progress of the work of the Taskforce on the Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project, charged with developing a pilot program allowing a limited expanded scope for paraprofessionals (under lawyer supervision) in one or more of three areas: housing law, family law, and creditor-debtor law. Justice Thissen would like to engage in a discussion with lawyers about the direction of the pilot program, about both concerns and hopes for the idea.

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Legal Parentage without Marriage | Lessons from Bischoff v. Vetter

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

• Jack DeWalt, attorney for the Petitioner and Appellant, will share his experience representing a non-biological parent that did not marry the birth mother, or adopt the children, in her case seeking recognition as a legal parent.
• Mary Pat Byrn, attorney and legal scholar on same-sex couples and parenting, will share her views on the Bischoff case and how attorneys should address similar cases in the future.

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Legal Writing | Striving for Clarity
Judge Bacharach will illustrate principles from his recently published book (ABA Press), entitled Legal Writing–A Judge’s Perspective on the Lessons from Science and Rhetoric.

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Lexi's Case- Minnesota's First Quad-Parent Adoption

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Increasing use of assisted reproductive technologies and open adoption, coupled with the recognition of same-sex marriage, have redefined the meaning of “family.” An issue on the leading edge involves whether a child can have more than two parents under Minnesota law. Attorney Jason Brown will discuss his recent experience in successfully concluding an adoption involving four parents.  The family dynamics are as interesting as the legal issues involved in Lexi’s case.

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LGBTQ+ SCOTUS Update: Why It Matters and What You Need to Know

1.25 Elimination of Bias Credits

Who are LGBTQ+ individuals and what legal rights do they have? At the beginning of June, less than half of states offered protections for LGBTQ+ people. What has changed in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County? Learn why this decision matters, what it changed, and what work still needs to be done.

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Mental Health in the Legal Profession - Real Solutions to Real Issues

2.0 Elimination of Bias Credits

Today’s attorneys are faced with a multitude of issues; challenging and stressful cases, the expectation to always be available, balancing personal and professional priorities, among other factors. This CLE program will delve into how the practice of law can affect one’s mental health, examine the possible consequences than can result from those challenges and, most importantly, discuss real solutions for addressing those issues.

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Nellie Francis, Champion of Women's Equality and Racial Justice

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Dr. William Green’s presentation will be on Nellie Francis, an often overlooked local black woman who both participated in leading the campaigns for women's suffrage in 1919 and (in the wake of the lynchings of three black men in Duluth in 1920) drafted and successfully lobbied the bill to make lynching a crime. The presentation is a moving and compelling story not often told of how a Minnesota black woman helped shape the 19th amendment by bringing together white and black women in a united front. Capping off the program is a fantastic question and answer session that wraps with Dr. Green’s thoughts on systemic racism and how we can all take part in the current conversation and shape the future.

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New Lawyers Section Pro Bono Eviction Expungement Training
Join the RCBA New Lawyers for their annual volunteer event in March.  This year we are switching to a volunteer event more related to the legal community, providing pro bono legal advice to low income clients seeking eviction expungements. The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have impacted low income Minnesotans in large numbers. Helping someone expunge an eviction from their records can make a big difference in their life, helping them find safe and affordable housing.

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Nonmarital Issues in Divorce
Understand financial aspects of martial dissolutions is critical. This presentation will cover old and new nonmarital issues in divorce and provide examples of nonmarital tracing for different assets.

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Of Prenups and Probate: Probate Litigators Discuss How to Advise Clients Through Love, Death, and the Death of Love

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

What happens when your client’s estate planning hasn’t kept up with your client’s relationship status?  

Join Mason & Helmers probate litigators Emily Valentine-Grimm and Karin Ciano for a hair-raising journey to the intersection of Probate Place and Family Way.  We’ll discuss how old prenups create new pitfalls; how divorce affects existing beneficiary designations; how to advise clients on the elective share and other spousal rights; and whether family court or probate court is the right place to resolve your client’s dispute.  

All this plus tips on drafting prenup language that will waive a future spouse’s right to statutory exempt property!

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Passing the Torch | Estate Planning Considerations for the Small Business Owner
Small business owners face unique estate planning challenges. Issues of incapacity, the transfer of property, and family harmony can be further complicated when the family business is the primary asset. This CLE examines the tools available to the estate planning attorney when working with a small business owner. 

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Practical Insights to Unique Probate Problems

1.0 Standard On-Demand CLE Credit

Every probate is unique, and in one way or another, complex to some degree. We will review what the fiduciary role entails and provide practical insight on handling several types of problematic probate issues from handling personal property, administering taxes and managing conflicts of interest. We will provide real world scenarios and practical solutions to resolve and settle these common probate problems.

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Practicing Family Law During A Pandemic

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Hennepin and Ramsey Bar County Associations present a panel discussion regarding the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the practice of family law. The panel will feature the Honorable Referee Elizabeth Clysdale from Ramsey County, Kevin McGrath of McGrath Dispute Resolution, LLC, and Tom Tuft of Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC.

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Real Estate Section - Redevelopment Agreements and the Ford Site Redevelopment

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Assistant City Attorney Eric Larson will provide an overview of the 122-acred Ford Site Redevelopment and present some of the key elements of the redevelopment agreement between the City and the developer.

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Real Estate Section: Timeshare Basics

1.0 CLE Standard Credit

How timeshares work, trends in the industry, legal issues that should concern timeshare owners; how to get out of timeshares, and some very basic information about how timeshares are created.

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Recent Changes to Minnesota’s Guardianship Law
Join us for a panel discussion of experienced practitioners to hear about their interpretations and experiences with the recently changed guardianship law.

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Restructuring Commercial Leases During COVID-19

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The COVID-19 pandemic and related government restrictions have caused a severe drop in sales for many restaurants and retailers and has forced many office tenants to send their employees home to work. This course will help the attorney with a commercial tenant navigate the choppy and changing waters of rent restructuring during these uncertain times. Topics to include rent deferrals and abatements, force majeure, operating covenants, co-tenancy provisions and more.

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Social Media and its Impact on Family Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit


The presentation will take a look at topics such as the admissibility and authentication of social media posts, how to find social media posts that are relevant to your cases, strategies to consider when speaking with clients about social media, and of course ethical considerations.

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Solo Small Firm Section - Digital Marketing for Solo Small Firm Law Firms - How To Maximize your Online Presence to Attract More Ideal Clients

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Internet traffic has increased 70% in the past few months. Online marketing is more important and powerful than ever for client development. Learn about digital marketing. Topics will include your website, Linked In, Facebook, ads, and webinars. She will educate us on how in interview and hire marketing help – from part time contractors to agencies. 

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That's Why They Call it Practicing Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Through 27 years of practicing law, David Kempston has learned that providing excellent service means focusing on the client relationship. Kempston will share his vision of how to do the ordinary tasks better and by doing so, the client becomes the focus—resulting in improved representation. His approach recognizes that lawyers differ and possess varying inherent customer service skillsets. Regardless of the starting point, however, lawyers can improve their craft if they are willing to learn how to apply principles of great customer service.

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The Implications of Technology and Social Media for Domestic Violence and Family Court Cases

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Interactive workshop exploring how batterers use phone technology, social networking and GPS to circumvent injunctions for protection, supervised visitation, and child custody. 
Also explore how victims can overcome communication issues using mobile and communications tools, designed for high conflict parents. 

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The PRACTICAL Tool: A Person-Centered Approach to Guardianship Assessment

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The PRACTICAL Tool was developed by the American Bar Association, with assistance from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making. Developed for lawyers, it is can also be applied in any situation where a person is contemplating guardianship for another person.

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The Role of Domestic Violence in Alternative Dispute Resolution

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Settling a family law case out of court can be difficult when there is domestic violence. The dynamics of domestic violence can conflict with the purpose of mediation. Rana Alexander, Esq. of Standpoint will discuss how domestic violence affects alternative dispute resolution processes and the attorney’s role in the proceedings. She will also cover how attorneys can educate judges on why alternative dispute resolution is not always beneficial to the parties in cases where there has been domestic violence.

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The View From the Bench

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Hear from Referee Olson about recent initiatives at the court and tips for appearing in Ramsey County Probate Court.

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The View from the Bench
Hear directly from Ramsey County Probate Court Referee Olson about current issues, and answers to your questions about probate practice in the current environment.

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Trusts and Estates Section-Estate Planning Practice in Time of COVID-Lessons Learned

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

COVID-19 has been here for several months.  What are the lessons learned from navigating estate planning practice while social distancing, working remotely, and taking necessary precautions to protect clients and law office staff? What are the best approaches to transitioning to re-entry, as the pandemic subsides, and we experience partial opening-up?

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Visual Design for Lawyers | Simple Tools for Creating Powerful Presentations
Great lawyers know how to make compelling legal presentations. And knowing the basics of visual design can enhance your next presentation. In this fast-moving and fun session, the Faegre Drinker Design Lab will share simple design tools that any lawyer can use—inside and outside the courtroom. Learn how to use tools like color, composition, and typography to clarify, engage, and persuade.

Hear from two experts in the area of design thinking in law about innovations in visual advocacy. 

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Voting Rights and Native American Suffrage

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

This CLE will provide a brief history of Native American suffrage and discuss current barriers to voting in Indian County.

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Wellness and Self Care | Learn a personalized systematic approach to self care

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This one hour presentation will help you identify your specific health concerns and design a wellness self care program that suits you. Using a holistic approach we will explore various factors that affect your health and learn ways you can easily incorporate new lifestyle habits that will improve your health and wellness.

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Will This Affect My Driver’s License?

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A chance to get some answers and guidance regarding driver's license suspensions and revocations. What statutes will suspend a license? For how long? Are limited licenses available? What's the process from the court to DPS?

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