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  • MSBA at BLE: Rule 7A hearing

    MSBA members Eric Cooperstein and Fred Finch represented the MSBA at a public hearing held by the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) on January 16. The Supreme Court had directed the BLE to review its interpretation of the Rule 7A requirement that a lawyer seeking admission without examination under the rule must establish that for 60 of 84 months immediately preceding the application, the lawyer was "(e)ngaged, as principal occupation, in the lawful practice of law." The MSBA, which had submitted comments on the issue, spoke in opposition to a minimum practice requirement of 120 hours per month. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and Minnesota Women Lawyers also appeared at the hearing. All opposed the 120-hour requirement. At the conclusion of the hearing, BLE Chair Douglas Peterson indicated that the BLE did not have a specific timetable for concluding its deliberations on Rule 7A.