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Focus 2016: the MSBA and you

by Joe Kaczrowski | Jul 31, 2015

Immediate past MSBA president and newly appointed Ramsey County judge Richard Kyle wrote several times in Bench & Bar over the past year about the Association's efforts to increase the value offered by and the relevance of the MSBA to solo and small firm practitioners in Minnesota. The Association has developed or improved a number of products and services and entered into new partnerships in furtherance of that objective. If you're going to be in Duluth next week for the Solo/Small Conference, stop by the MSBA booth to learn more.

Many members have already taken advantage of one of the improved services offered by the MSBA: the new member directories (MN Find a Lawyer and the MSBA Colleague Directory). With over 9,000 searches each month, MN Find a Lawyer is a great way to help prospective clients find you. Hundreds of members have updated their Colleague Directory profiles as well, taking advantage of the new connection options, including referrals, contract work, and brief consults.

To help members take advantage of these new directories, the MSBA hosted a Headshot Day in April, which was an overwhelming success. Minnesota CLE has indicated attendees can get free headshots at the conference next week too. If you aren't going to be in Duluth, or are too busy with the programming and networking options, the MSBA will be hosting additional Headshot Day events this September. More information is available at

The MSBA also entered into a new partnership with HotDocs and redesigned its document assembly product, mndocs, to run on the new HotDocs Market platform. This new cloud-based system offers greater accessibility and functionality to users, and the MSBA's new partnership with HotDocs allows the Association to focus on updating and expanding content, like the new family law library that will be published this weekend, and the business law and adoption forms that will be coming soon.

Speaking of new partnerships, the MSBA added two new Advantage partners this month: Clio and Citrix ShareFile. Both offer members discounted subscription prices. The MSBA has negotiated these and other discounts for members through the MSBAdvantage program. 

That's just a taste of some of the things happening at the MSBA. If you're in Duluth, swing by the MSBA booth to learn more, see a demo or two, or ask any questions you may have. If you're not going to be at the conference, members are always welcome to stop by the MSBA offices and talk to staff, or you can send us an email.

Another opportunity to learn more about these new practice tools and resources, and get a full day's worth of CLE credit (including ethics and EOB), is the technology conference the MSBA is putting together with our technology partners on November 5 in Lakeville. The day will feature several different speakers covering a variety of topics, including presentations by Casey Flaherty and Judge Peter Reyes. The day will conclude with a "learning lab"/social hour where attendees can talk with presenters, ask questions, see demos, etc., as well as network with other attendees. For those who can't make it to Lakeville in November, the MSBA plans to make these sessions available as part of its On-Demand program.