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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.
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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.
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North Star Lawyers of Ramsey County
Sep 06, 2022
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Finding Our Balance: The RBCA'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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Community Engagement Helps Us Be Champions for Our Legal Community
Monica Dooner Lindgren
Sep 01, 2021
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Introducing RCBA Vice President: Victoria Elsmore
Nick Hansen
Sep 01, 2021
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Ramsey County's ICWA Calendar
Amy Schroeder Ireland
Sep 01, 2021
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Ramsey County Courthouse Remodels and Repurposes Mothers Room
Racey Rodne
Jul 06, 2021
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Ramsey County Attorney's Office Creates Sentencing Review Unit: Q&A with Michelle Monteiro, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Michelle Monteiro
Jul 06, 2021
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Meet 2021-22 RCBA President Monica Dooner Lindgren
RCBA
Jul 06, 2021
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  • 10 Questions
Professional Development: Originals
Lisa Buck
Jun 25, 2021
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Professional Development: Building a StoryBrand
Lisa Buck
Apr 30, 2021
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Foundation Focus: Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota
Amanda Idinge
Apr 30, 2021
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Looking Back ...
Susan Buckley
Apr 30, 2021
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The Future of the Bar Exam: Q&A with Associate Professor Leanne Fuith
RCBA
Apr 01, 2021
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Leading the Way, Leaving a Legacy
Susan Buckley
Mar 31, 2021
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The RCBA Placement Service: Q&A with Placement Director Sabina Zeenat
RCBA
Mar 31, 2021
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The International Barristers' Cup
Susan Buckley
Mar 03, 2021
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Lessons from Legal Clinics: Volunteering Builds Skills and Serves the Community
Ryan Peterson
Mar 03, 2021
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Professional Development: Atomic Habits
Lisa Buck
Dec 30, 2020
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Talk Like TED
Lisa Buck
Oct 29, 2020
Lisa Buck summarizes Carmine Gallo's Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, which breaks down the most popular TED presentations to identify what made them so effective and how you can learn from them to become a more engaging speaker.
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