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Keep Current with the Latest Court Decisions

by Joe Kaczrowski | Mar 20, 2015
Almost three thousand members receive same-day alerts from the MSBA for newly issued court opinions from Minnesota courts every day.

The MSBA currently alerts members to new court decisions through four email lists.  Members can subscribe to receive 1) state civil opinions; 2) state criminal opinions; 3) federal civil opinions; 4) or federal criminal opinions; or any combination of the lists that fits with his or her practice.  

Court Opinions by Email list

The MSBA's Court Opinions service is designed to save members time by providing short summaries that can be quickly scanned for relevance.  Each subject line identifies the subject matter and issue of each case, which allows you to read only what you need and ignore the rest; without opening the message you can quickly identify those summaries relevant to your practice.  Each decision is a separate post that includes a short summary or synopsis as well as access to the full opinion (via hyperlink and an attachment).

Click here for more information about signing up for this free MSBA service.  If you have questions or suggestions, email Mike Trittipo.  For example, would you like to see the service moved to Twitter? That would be possible, by skipping the email body, and sending just one tweet per decision: the headline, and a link to the decision. If so, let Mike know. What about a web-based discussion forum? The MSBA is evaluating platforms that offer greater functionality while still maintaining the email listservs many members prefer.  A web-based system would allow for archiving of posts, which would give members greater control over which posts to view; members could search by date, keyword, or any number of other facets of the summary.  Something you'd be interested in?  Drop Mike an email.

The MSBA also is working on another eBook for the Tablet Series relating to Minnesota. judges' courtroom preferences.  In the meantime, you can access this information through the Civil Litigation Section's Judges' Courtroom Preferences pages and the federal court's judicial practice pointer PDFs.