Barrister Newsletter

Barrister-Logo


The official publication of the Ramsey County Bar Association

Wellbeing CLE Credit: What's New?
Sheina Long
Jun 05, 2024
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Wellness
Pro Bono Spotlight: Landon Ascheman
May 14, 2024
Landon Ascheman is the founder of Ascheman Law, a solo criminal defense practice located in St. Paul. Ascheman is SMRLS's latest pro bono volunteer spotlight.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono Spotlight
Pro Bono Resources
May 07, 2024
Do you ever come across people in your practice or community who need free legal help? The legal aid community wants to share a few resources to help you connect people with free legal help: LawHelpMN.org, a new statewide number to reach legal aid, and the MN Unbundled Law Project.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono
President's Page: Embracing Chaos
Apr 24, 2024
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Civics Education Opportunities
Hon. Jessica Palmer-Denig
Apr 17, 2024
As civics education declines in the United States, RCBA Youth Civics Initiative Co-Chair Judge Jessica Palmer-Denig summarizes the work of Minnesota's U.S. District Court, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Youth Civics Initiative to educate young people about our legal system and their rights and responsibilities within it.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Civics Education
Patent Law Updates for Business Lawyers: 2023-2024
Nate Louwagie and Seung Sub (Elvis) Kim
Apr 16, 2024
The last year has brought a number of meaningful changes to patent law. This article outlines five updates that lawyers should keep in mind when advising their business clients.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Intellectual Property
Getting the Most Out of Evidence Rules
Sung Woo Hong
Apr 03, 2024
Evidence law is a necessary subject for trial lawyers, but it can be quite overwhelming to digest all the evidence rules, and it requires a great deal of discipline to do so. In this article, Sung Woo Hong explains the significance of Minnesota Rules of Evidence as a whole and highlight the benefits of understanding them.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Trial Law
Professional Development: StrengthsFinder 2.0
Lisa Buck
Apr 02, 2024
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? According to Gallup research, you probably don’t. In 1999, Gallup created an online assessment and companion book that helps individuals identify their natural talents. StrengthsFinder encourages people to build their careers and lives around their strengths instead of trying to “fix” their weaknesses.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
The Newfangled Lawyer's Guide to Being
Patrick Patino
Mar 26, 2024
In his latest "Newfangled Lawyer" column, Patrick Patino invites every attorney to turn down the pressure.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Wellness
Legal Paraprofessionals Pilot Project
Jim Long
Mar 12, 2024
Since 2021, Minnesota's court system has implemented Rule 12 in the Supervised Practice Rules, enabling approved legal paraprofessionals to handle certain housing and family matters. The committee is proposing to permanently integrate these rule changes based on their evaluation.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Access to Justice
Pro Bono Spotlight: Anna Street
Mar 06, 2024
Read about why and how Anna Street makes pro bono a priority, the resources and strategies she uses to be an effective advocate, and the podcast she can't stop listening to lately.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono Spotlight
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Launches New Filing System
Charlie Shafer
Mar 06, 2024
With so much technology at our fingertips, one would hope that some piece of it would make the job of an employment attorney easier. Although there have been advancements, there is more to do, starting with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's tech offerings.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Employment Law
"You Are Your Ancestors' Dreams."
Racey Rodne
Feb 28, 2024
Racey Rodne, descendant of the Kiowa Chief Satanta, thinks often about how his ancestors would view his law career.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • RCBA Leadership
Make Hourly Billing Work for You
Andrew Laufers
Feb 14, 2024
Andrew Laufers is a proponent of hourly billing, and has a few tips for how attorneys can use a traditional model to stay on-task, improve attorney-client relationships, and infuse their business with a steady flow of cash.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Practice Management
Pregnancy and Pumping Protected
Sara Jane Baldwin
Feb 13, 2024
Recent changes to workplace protections for pregnant and lactating employees have left both employers and employees confused about their rights and responsibilities. Sara Jane Baldwin provides an comprehensive guide to these changes for employees and employers.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Employment and Labor Law
President's Page: Mentorship
Hon. Victoria Elsmore
Jan 23, 2024
In her January column, RCBA President Victoria Elsmore challenges you to think of yourself as "mentor material."
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
The Newfangled Lawyer's Guide to Personal Branding
Patrick Patino
Jan 22, 2024
In this installment of The Newfangled Lawyer, Patrick Patino shares insights about personal branding with authenticity.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Practice Management & Marketing
My Friend Dave Durenberger
Andy Rorvig
Jan 17, 2024
Having myself grown up in Stearns County, Dave Durenberger was a household name. When I moved to Saint Paul in 2002, my wife and I became involved in community and civic issues impacting our neighborhood. It was through that involvement that I met Dave and we became friends. His legacy is one of great joy in serving others and a deep love for his adopted hometown of Saint Paul.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • RCBA Leadership
Don't Join the Jerks!
Chad Snyder
Jan 17, 2024
Every attorney has encountered rude, aggressive behavior in opposing counsel. It can be very tempting to stoop to a jerk's level, but mediator Chad Snyder argues that these behaviors can undermine your credibility. Here, he offers some solutions for staying civil and professional.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
Compassionate Counsel
Rosie Gaston, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C
Jan 09, 2024
Attorneys are trained to navigate the complexities of the law and guide their clients in legal matters, but do they ever get education on how to best handle the emotional aspects of end-of-life planning for their clients?
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Estate and Probate Law
Youth Civics Initiative: Get Involved
The Honorable Jessica Palmer Denig
Jan 02, 2024
Judge Jessica Palmer-Denig and the newly-formed Youth Civics Initiative are trying to change the downward trend of civics education for youth in Ramsey County.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Volunteer
Closing Doors, Opening Possibilities
Melissa Miroslavich, Rachel Schromen
Dec 05, 2023
We’ve all heard the old saying that when one door closes, another opens. But does that cliché hold up in the real world? Can we really count on a better opportunity popping up when things don’t go our way? For the attorneys at Schromen Law, LLC, that answer was a resounding yes as they both discovered that the universe truly is a master of surprise twists and turns.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
RCBA Pro Bono Awards Profiles
Oct 31, 2023
Read more about Wendy Willson Legge and Bill Tilton, the 2023 RCBA Pro Bono Award honorees.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono Award
Ditching the Billable Hour
Jess Birken
Oct 17, 2023
Jess Birken explores other options for billing clients.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Small Firm Practice
Lawyering Happily 1L at a Time
Oct 11, 2023
Laurence O'Donnell is a 2L at Mitchell Hamline School of Law with experience in compliance and a former academic theologian. He shares how his background in theology informs the proactive steps he takes to preserve his happiness as he tackles law school—through all the Ls.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • New Lawyer Experience
Practicing Radical Kindness in Professional Contexts
Ryan McLaughlin
Sep 26, 2023
"Life is short. Emails suck. Kindness helps." Ryan McLaughlin has started opening his emails with a personal comment about his day and signing off with a heart-hands emoji. He's been experimenting with different methods to infuse his professional communication with kindness and authenticity.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
Your Voice, Your Bar Association
Hon. Victoria Elsmore
Sep 20, 2023
Authenticity is a quality we always claim to value in our profession. It still seems so hard when we are asked to be authentic ourselves. As your President, I want to be authentic about this: I don't have a pre-set agenda of topics to cover in my messages. Instead, I want to engage in an open and honest dialogue with you, our members.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Breaking Ground
Amy Ihlan
Sep 13, 2023
As of August 1, 2023, adult Minnesotans are now legally permitted to grow their own cannabis at home. But as the first legal cannabis growing season begins, Minnesota’s complex new cannabis statutes present open questions and potential practical and legal challenges for cannabis home growers.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Cannabis
Lessons in Progress
Joan Bibelhausen
Sep 11, 2023
The seminal report "The Path to Lawyer Well-Being" identifies intellectual well-being as “engaging in continuous learning and the pursuit of creative or intellectually challenging activities that foster ongoing development.” CLE is a start, but what more is there? How does learning help us define and engage with our purpose?
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Wellness
Shifting Focus
Aug 30, 2023
When Melissa Miroslavich made the choice to leave behind her photography business to go to law school, it felt like a completely new path. But she soon found that many of the same skills that made her a great photographer also made her a great lawyer.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Career Change
Marketing with Humanity
Ryan McLaughlin
Aug 02, 2023
Ryan McLaughlin rejects the conventional wisdom that an attorney's social media needs to be a professional highlight reel. McLaughlin built a network from scratch on Facebook, largely by sharing authentic, imperfect anecdotes from his life. He suggests that there is a lot to gain—professionally and personally—from embracing your humanity on social media.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Practice Management & Marketing
A Recipe for Success
Ben Kwan
Jul 25, 2023
Attorney Ben Kwan started helping out at his family's restaurant at five years old, washing dishes while perched on a five-gallon soy sauce bucket. Although he didn't always see the value in spending his weekends behind the counter, Kwan has grown to fully appreciate the opportunities and the education he received from being involved in the family business. From identifying specialties to checking implicit biases, Kwan credits his family's restaurant with making him the lawyer—and person—he is today.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Food and the Law Series
"I Don't Speak Legalese!"
Rachel Schromen
Jun 20, 2023
Rachel Schromen of Schromen Law LLC has always believed her clients deserve accessible information about the law. That’s why, in 2016, she started a blog on her website to untangle the legalese and demystify the estate planning process. Since then, Schromen has grown her website to include guest blogs, video testimonials, and other innovative marketing tools. Here, she argues that digital marketing is a powerful tool to connect with clients, foster meaningful professional relationships, and bring in business.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Practice Management & Marketing
A Practical Guide to Balancing It All
Melanie Tawil
Jun 05, 2023
Parent, business owner, politico, and Mitchell Hamline 1L Melanie Tawil proudly wears the title “Chaos Expert.” Her recommendations for attaining work-life balance? Step one is realizing that a perfect balance is unattainable. After you’ve made your peace with that, try the strategies she’s laid out: define your priorities, bill yourself, get in a routine, and let the rest fall into place.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
Second to None
Kenya Bodden
May 31, 2023
"This has been quite a year. Nearing the end of my term, 'Ramsey County, second to none' echoes in my head. It has been an honor to serve as president of the Ramsey County Bar Association." In his final column as RCBA President, Kenya Bodden gives us a run-down of events that took place during his term, and thanks the people that have made an impact on him and his career, past and present.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Uncertainty, Anxiety, and the Rewards of a Solo Practice
Cresston Gackle
May 10, 2023
To many, uncertainty and fear are interchangeable synonyms. Why face the uncertainties of going without a salary and of trying to build a practice you don’t know will succeed? It can strike many as foolhardy and unnecessary to take the risk of failure in the world of small business. But these uncertainties are far less abstract and unsolvable in practice than they may seem at a distance. We need to remember that as lawyers, our training is to identify and solve problems, not simply to fear and avoid them.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Solo Practice
President's Page: Getting Involved in the Youth Civics Initiative
Kenya Bodden
Apr 26, 2023
Yeah, here I go again with the push for volunteering. But the Youth Civics Initiative is a great way to promote our profession and take care of our community. As we head toward summer and the end of the bar year, consider becoming a volunteer for the RCBA Youth Civics Initiative during the coming school year.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Volunteer
  • President's Page
Making Your Way as a New Lawyer
Dea Cortney
Apr 11, 2023
Finding your footing as a new lawyer doesn't have to be difficult. Dea Cortney shares how getting involved in the bar has given her career a boost.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • New Lawyers
We're Here For You!
Barbara Jones
Mar 21, 2023
The Senior Lawyers and Judges Section is a relatively new section for lawyers who have been admitted to the Bar for 37 years or more, or are over 62 years old. If that describes you, you’re auto-enrolled, and it costs you nothing. You are a part of our mission: the number one priority in our mission statement is “service to the community and the legal profession by utilizing the extensive knowledge, experience, and wisdom of Section members to guide and serve for the common good.”
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Senior Lawyers
The Best of What's To Come
David S. Alter, PhD, ABPP, ABPH
Mar 15, 2023
As retirement looms, many retirees find it challenging to create a sense of value, purpose, and enjoyment outside of their decades of work. David Alter, PhD, provides us with a few clinically proven strategies to make sure that retirement is a time of discovery, curiosity, and play.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Senior Lawyers
The Privilege of Coaching
Judge Francis J. Connolly
Mar 01, 2023
As a judge, Hon. Francis J. Connolly is limited in the pro-bono activities he can participate in. Being an attorney coach for mock trial is one way he can give back to his community. Judge Connolly explains why being an attorney coach has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Volunteer
Who Got the Cabin?
Sharon H. Fischlowitz
Mar 01, 2023
Cultures and societies have codified estate planning and inheritance laws for millennia. The Romans did it. Their successors in parts of Western Europe, the Germanic tribes, also known as Barbarians, did it. In this article on early Medieval estate planning, Sharon H. Fischlowitz outlines some practices of the Burgundian Code that may be unfamiliar to us, and a few rules and provisions that we still use today.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Law Through History
Ramsey County, A Place in History
Kenya Bodden
Feb 23, 2023
Did you know that the first African-American judicial officer to serve in the state of Minnesota was appointed to the Second Judicial Court? Judge Stephen L. Maxwell was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1921. This month, Kenya Bodden gives us an overview of the Judge's trailblazing life in honor of Black History Month.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Can I Retire Yet?
Susan J. Mundahl
Feb 08, 2023
In the first of our series on retirement and career transitions, Susan J. Mundahl lays out five essential questions any attorney should ask before considering retirement.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Senior Lawyers
  • Retirement
Why Join the Bar Memorial Committee?
Mike Burke, Dave Hutchinson
Jan 31, 2023
In an open letter to the Ramsey County bar, Mike Burke and Dave Hutchinson explain why they participate in the RCBA memorial committee, and why they are encouraging members of all ages and backgrounds to do the same.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Volunteer
Vibe Check! Identifying the Energizers and Drainers in Your Life
Kenya Bodden
Jan 25, 2023
I recently read a quote that essentially said you do not have to spend time with people just because they are family or friends during the holidays, especially if they drain your energy. "Well, I certainly am not a drain,” said almost everyone who is reading this right now. So, what are energizers and drainers? How can you tell the difference?
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
RCBA Launches Youth Civics Initiative
Judge Jessica Palmer-Denig
Jan 04, 2023
There is universal agreement that civics education is essential to ensuring members of the public understand our governmental institutions and can participate meaningfully in civil society. Yet, over the last few decades, civics education has lagged. The RCBA is now launching a new Youth Civics Initiative to continue its progress in educating young people about civics.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Volunteer
A Gift You Give Yourself: Benefits of Self-Reflection and Self-Care for Attorneys
Kenya Bodden
Dec 14, 2022
As we approach the end of the calendar year, we have a number of reasons to reflect. I must admit, writing this column is challenging. At the beginning of what is considered the holiday season, my family suffered a serious and significant loss. As I continue to process my family’s loss, and balance the demands of our profession, the necessity to give time has never been more apparent. I have been spending a lot of time in reflection.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
New Research on Trauma in the Law & Practical Steps to Trauma-Informed Lawyering
Elsa Cournoyer
Nov 22, 2022
In a 2021 Survey of Law Student Well-being (SLSWB), students from 39 law schools were asked about their prior experiences with trauma. Newer lawyers entering the profession report high rates of trauma, and research about trauma and its impacts has demonstrated that there is a link between trauma and decreased wellbeing, including substance abuse and other mental health issues. A trauma-informed approach to lawyering can make a world of difference to lawyer well-being and equity and inclusivity, in law school and beyond.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Diversity and Inclusion
2022 Bench and Bar Benefit
Elsa Cournoyer
Nov 09, 2022
The 2022 Bench and Bar Benefit took place on November 5, 2022 at the St. Paul Hotel, for the first time in three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Attorneys and supporters came together for a lively night of silent and live auction contests as well as an exciting fund-a-need.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono
Tech of the Times: Ditching the Smartphone
Patrick Patino
Nov 02, 2022
Attorney Patrick Patino got rid of his smartphone. Sound absurd? Impossible? Patino explains how he's adapted his work and personal life to smartphone-free living and how it's benefited his mental health.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Wellbeing
  • Technology
President's Page: Pro Bono Publico—For the Public Good
Kenya Bodden
Oct 20, 2022
Concerned about providing pro bono publico legal services because you will likely be working on something outside of your practice area? Don’t know where to find pro bono opportunities? We know pro bono work is important, but many of us don't know where to start. Learn about programming the RCBA has put together for pro bono week and ways you can get involved.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Leading Ethically: Strategies for Attorneys
Oct 13, 2022
Being a leader is walking a tightrope of other people’s expectations. Clients, employees, partners, and shareholders all have preferences and priorities, some of which are in tension with each other. While there is free-flowing advice about being a “good leader” from books, seminars, and motivational speakers, ethics aren’t always at the forefront of those conversations. Mike Gregory, in his CLE “Ethics: Leading by Example,” presented to RCBA members last week, covered strategies that any attorney can employ to lead ethically.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Leadership
Top Secret? Really? Addressing the Attorneys' Eyes Only Designation
Patrick H. O'Neill III, Elliot Moormann
Sep 29, 2022
Picture this: you’re involved in a contentious business dispute. You receive a voluminous document production from the opposing party after a prolonged meet-and-confer process. Much to your surprise, every single document has been marked “Confidential – Attorneys’ Eyes Only.” How can your client understand the merits of the claims or assess the case’s value if she cannot review the evidence provided by the opposing party? Patrick H. O'Neill and Elliot Moormann explain breaches of the Attorneys' Eyes Only designation.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
Just Listen: Supporting BIPOC Legal Professionals Through Connection Groups
Erikka Ryan
Sep 13, 2022
HCBA Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Erikka Ryan writes about why the bar association started listening sessions for BIPOC legal processionals, and how those sessions helped individuals process the daily challenges and burdens of being a person of color in the legal field.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Diversity and Inclusion
North Star Lawyers of Ramsey County
Sep 06, 2022
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • North Star Lawyer
Finding Our Balance: The RCBA's Commitment to Wellbeing and Connection
Kenya Bodden
Sep 02, 2022
In his first column, RCBA President Kenya Bodden illuminates ways that upcoming bar events can contribute to a sense of wellbeing among attorneys.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Rent Stabilization: The blueprint to affordable housing?
Margaret Kaplan and Max Tsai
Aug 19, 2022
St. Paul residents voted on November 2, 2021, to make a significant step towards addressing the lack of housing affordability and stability in St. Paul, passing one of the nation’s strongest rent stabilization policies. This article, written by staff at the Housing Justice Center, will briefly explain what the ordinance does and how tenants can protect the rights they have won through their votes.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
Shopping Suits: The Mall of America turns 30
Marshall H. Tanick
Aug 16, 2022
As the Mall of America (MOA) in Bloomington celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, the iconic Minnesota site for shopping and other activities and pursuits looks back on a legacy of three decades of litigation.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Lawsuits
Death Support: How Volunteering as a Death Doula Made Me a Better Lawyer
Aug 04, 2022
My father’s death was a pivotal moment for me as I not only said goodbye to my dad, but I also learned intimately about the experience of death and, frankly, how unprepared I was for it. I wanted to be able to talk and think about death in a productive way while also holding space for my friends, family, and clients in a more effective way.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Well-Being
Getting to Know Kenya Bodden, 2022-2023 RCBA President
Jul 27, 2022
RCBA President Kenya Bodden (Thompson Coe, LLP) spoke with us about the community impact of the RCBA, trial law as a form of teaching, and shares great advice that’s stuck with him through his career.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • RCBA Leadership
Getting to Know Victoria Elsmore, 2022-2023 RCBA President-Elect
Jul 20, 2022
As part of our "Getting to Know 2022-2023 RCBA Leadership" series, President-Elect Victoria Elsmore of the Ramsey County Court discusses the origins of her legal career and her dream career: croissant taste-testing.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • RCBA Leadership
Getting to Know Andrew Rorvig, 2022-2023 RCBA Vice President
Jul 13, 2022
As part of our "Getting to Know 2022-23 RCBA Leadership" series, Vice President Andrew Rorvig shared with us a professional milestone he'll never forget and the lessons to be learned from coaching youth sports.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • RCBA Leadership
The Solo Side: Learning to Say No as a Solo
Cresston Gackle
Jul 12, 2022
In his latest Solo Side column, Cresston shares why it's important to set boundaries and limits as a solo.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Solo Practice
Getting to Know Racey Rodne, 2022-23 Treasurer & Secretary of the RCBA
Jul 06, 2022
RCBA secretary and treasurer Racey Rodne shares a valuable book recommendation and recounts a great piece of advice he was given.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • RCBA Leadership
President's Page: Connecting Through This Year's Bar Accomplishments
Mónica Dooner Lindgren
Jun 22, 2022
In her final President's Page column, Mónica Dooner Lindgren reflects on the achievements of the Ramsey County Bar Association. By focusing on the RCBA mission statement "working to improve the quality and accessibility to justice" Dooner Lindgren and the RCBA have been able to accomplish so much in the 2021-22 bar year.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
New to the Bench: Hon. Jacob Kraus
Hon. Jacob Kraus
Jun 07, 2022
Judge Jacob Kraus discusses his path to taking the bench, accessibility in the courtroom, and the tragic condition of being a Minnesota sports fan.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Judge Bio
Trailblazers: Legal Aid Society
Racey Rodne
May 18, 2022
This month's Trailblazers article features the Minnesota Legal Aid Society, an organization that provides legal aid to people in need. Learn more about the role of the Legal Aid Society in the 1975 landmark decision of Hoehle v. Likins, which protected welfare aid allocated to families.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Trailblazers
Five Questions with Dean Anthony Niedwiecki
Dean Anthony Niedwiecki
May 18, 2022
As part of our "Five Questions with the Dean" series, Mitchell Hamline Law School Dean Anthony Niedwiecki answers five questions about the bar exam, student activism, wellbeing, and other pertinent issues.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Law School
Five Questions with Dean Robert K. Vischer
Dean Robert K. Vischer
May 10, 2022
University of St. Thomas School of Law Dean Robert K. Vischer answers five questions about leading UST law and other issues facing the legal community today.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Law School
Five Questions with Dean Garry Jenkins
Dean Garry Jenkins
May 05, 2022
University of Minnesota Law School Dean Garry W. Jenkins answers five questions about the future of the bar exam, wellbeing, changes over the last two years, student activism in response to world events, and how the bar association can help law students.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Law School
Why I Use a Therapy Dog in My Practice
Rachel T. Schromen
May 05, 2022
One of Rachel Schromen’s most valuable assistants in her law practice is a furry, black and white Cavatzu named Mabel. She shares how having a certified therapy dog has helped in her practice.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Well-Being
Meet RCBA Member Allyson Kerr
Apr 28, 2022
Meet RCBA member Allyson Kerr. She is the co-chair of the RCBA Family Law Section and is an associate attorney at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, where she practices in the area of family law.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
Five Things You Might Not Know About the Minnesota State Law Library
Sarah Larsen
Apr 19, 2022
The Minnesota State Law Library’s mission is to promote access to justice by providing useful, timely, and responsive library services and legal information to the judiciary, legal community, and the public.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Publications
Ethics: How to Draft a Withdrawal Letter
Eric T. Cooperstein
Mar 25, 2022
In part two of this month’s Ethics Column, Eric Cooperstein shows how to draft a withdrawal letter from a client.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
Meet RCBA Member Charlie Shafer
Mar 25, 2022
Meet Charlie Shafer, the Social Chair of the RCBA New Lawyers Section. Learn more about what inspired him to become an attorney, how he got his start, and lessons he’s learned along the way.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
Trailblazers: Lena Smith
Racey Rodne
Mar 22, 2022
This month’s Trailblazers article features Lena Smith, the first African American woman attorney in Minnesota. Learn more about Smith’s career as an attorney and the many ways she fought against social barriers and racial covenants.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Trailblazers
Ethics: Someone, Please, Get Me Out of Here!
Eric T. Cooperstein
Mar 18, 2022
In the first of a two-part series, Eric Cooperstein walks attorneys through the process of when and how to withdraw representing a client—and how to do it ethically.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
President's Page: Alternative Dispute Resolution as a Path to Culturally Specific Agreements
Mónica Dooner Lindgren
Mar 01, 2022
In her March President’s Column, RCBA President Mónica Dooner Lindgren discusses the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution and the many ways it can benefit clients and increase access to justice.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
The Solo Side: Going Solo Doesn’t Mean Going it Alone
Cresston Gackle
Feb 28, 2022
In this month’s Solo Side column, Cresston Gackle discusses why it’s important to create connections as a solo practitioner and how having a mentor can help you feel like you’re not alone in your practice.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Solo Practice
Trailblazers: Tina Burnside
Racey Rodne
Feb 23, 2022
Tina Burnside is a local historian, museum founder, art curator, journalist, author, playwright, and civil rights attorney. Learn more about her journey to becoming an attorney and her passion for celebrating African American history in the latest article of our Trailblazers series.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Trailblazers
Meet RCBA Member Royee Vlodaver
Feb 15, 2022
Meet RCBA member Royee Vlodaver, longstanding co-chair of the RCBA Real Estate Section. In this Q&A session, Vlodaver discusses how he came to choose his practice area, some of the lessons he’s learned and advice he’s received throughout his career, and more.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
Meet RCBA Member Jacob Glass
Jan 20, 2022
Meet RCBA member Jacob Glass, in-house counsel for Enbridge Energy and a member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association and the RCBA Board of Directors. Learn more about how he chose to focus on Indian and energy law, how clerkships helped him in his career, and lessons he’s learned from mentors.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
Trailblazers: Judge Diane E. Murphy
Racey Rodne
Jan 18, 2022
The third installment of the RCBA Diversity Committee’s Trailblazers Series highlights Judge Diane E. Murphy, the first woman to serve on the Federal District Court of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Trailblazers
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Lisa Buck
Jan 14, 2022
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been a bestseller for over 30 years. In this month’s Professional Development column, Lisa Buck summarizes the 7 Habits and how they can be put into practice.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
Meet RCBA Member Abdifatah Mohamed
Jan 03, 2022
Meet Abdifatah Mohamed, a civil rights attorney with Mohamed Zain, LLP and a member of the RCBA Board of Directors. In this Q&A he reflects on his involvement with the RCBA and his journey to a career in law.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
The Solo Side: Laying the Foundation for a Solo Firm on Pro Bono and Low Bono Practice
Cresston Gackle
Jan 03, 2022
In our new column, The Solo Side, attorney Cresston Gackle will share practice tips and advice from his view a solo practitioner. In the inaugural column, Gackle writes about how he found opportunities to grow his business in an overlooked place: low bono and pro bono legal work.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono
  • Solo Practice
Pursuing our Mission through the Storm
Mónica Dooner Lindgren
Dec 20, 2021
In her January column, RCBA President Monica Dooner Lindgren reflects on how the Association has continued to promote its mission in spite of the struggles of the pandemic. Read more about RCBA programming throughout 2021, its efforts to support the local legal community, and how our members have supported each other and continued to make a difference in the communities they serve.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Trailblazers: Fredrick Lamar McGhee
Dec 14, 2021
This article is part of a monthly series highlighting local DEI trailblazers, written by RCBA Diversity Committee Members.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Trailblazers
Meet RCBA Member Andrew Rorvig
Dec 06, 2021
Meet Andrew Rorvig, a trial attorney with McEllistrem Fargione Rorvig & Moe P.A. and current RCBA treasurer.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
Ramsey County Bar Foundation Raises more than $40,000 at Annual Bench & Bar Benefit
Nov 30, 2021
On Thursday, November 18, the Ramsey County Bar Foundation (RCBF) held its annual Bench and Bar Benefit virtually. This annual program is a fundraiser for the RCBF to honor Pro Bono service and support the legal services community.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • RCBF
Trailblazers: Margaret Seelye Treuer
Racey Rodne
Nov 24, 2021
This is the first in a monthly series of short articles highlighting local DEI trailblazers written by RCBA Diversity Committee Members. This article highlights Margaret Seelye Treuer, the first female American Indian attorney in Minnesota and the first female American Indian judge in America.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Trailblazers
Meet RCBA Member Samantha Ivey
Nov 23, 2021
Samantha Ivey practices family law at Atticus Family Law, S.C. She is co-chair of the New Lawyers Section, the New Lawyers Section Representative, and an RCBA Board Member.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
Meet RCBA Member Racey Rodne
Nov 09, 2021
Meet RCBA member Racey Rodne, co-chair of the New Lawyers Section and a member of the Diversity Committee. In this Q&A session, Rodne shares how he became involved with the RCBA, what led him to a career in personal injury law, and can even recommend the best place in town for a great burger.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Meet a Member
Judicial Stress and Resiliency: Research and Recommendations
Joan Bibelhausen
Nov 05, 2021
The judicial survey was conducted pre-Covid, but as was noted in the article, between the survey and publication, judges and the judicial system faced unprecedented stress and tests of their resilience.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Well-Being
  • Judge
RCBA Honors William Kronschnabel with Annual Pro Bono Award
Nov 01, 2021
The Ramsey County Bar Association is honoring William (Bill) Kronschnabel with its 2021 Pro Bono Award.
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono Award
Community Engagement Helps Us Be Champions for Our Legal Community
Monica Dooner Lindgren
Sep 01, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Introducing RCBA Vice President: Victoria Elsmore
Nick Hansen
Sep 01, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Profiles
  • RCBA Leadership
Ramsey County's ICWA Calendar
Amy Schroeder Ireland
Sep 01, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Barrister Articles
Ramsey County Courthouse Remodels and Repurposes Mothers Room
Racey Rodne
Jul 06, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Barrister Articles
Ramsey County Attorney's Office Creates Sentencing Review Unit: Q&A with Michelle Monteiro, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Michelle Monteiro
Jul 06, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Barrister Articles
Meet 2021-22 RCBA President Monica Dooner Lindgren
RCBA
Jul 06, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
  • 10 Questions
Professional Development: Originals
Lisa Buck
Jun 25, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
Professional Development: Building a StoryBrand
Lisa Buck
Apr 30, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Development
Foundation Focus: Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota
Amanda Idinge
Apr 30, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Barrister Articles
  • Foundation Focus
Looking Back ...
Susan Buckley
Apr 30, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Barrister Articles
  • President's Page
The Future of the Bar Exam: Q&A with Associate Professor Leanne Fuith
RCBA
Apr 01, 2021
Full story
  • CATEGORY
  • Barrister Articles
Leading the Way, Leaving a Legacy