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The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association

July 2021


Jennifer Thompson is the new president of the Minnesota State Bar Association for 2021-22
Jul 01, 2021
Following its annual convention, conducted virtually on June 24-25, the Minnesota State Bar Association announced its 2021-22 association officers.
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MSBA President 2021-22: Jennifer Thompson
Amy Lindgren
Jul 01, 2021
When it comes to Jennifer Thompson, it seems that everyone has a story to tell. Now, as the incoming president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Thompson will undoubtedly generate more stories, even as she maintains the delicate equilibrium between work, home, and service to the legal profession.
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Family law: The covid chronicles
Traci Capistrant
Jul 01, 2021
In my practice area, the pandemic has had multiple stages. Let’s hope we’re almost done with them all. Family law and its practitioners needed to step up to address rapidly changing issues affecting all families during the pandemic.
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We live not alone: A legacy of environmental racism
Jessica Intermill
Jul 01, 2021
This is the second installment of a two-part article exploring structural bias and racism within the law in the context of the Line 3 oil pipeline expansion. Part 1, published last month, examines the agency approval process and the role of the public in that process. Part 2 explores the racialized impact of that facially neutral approval in the context of Minnesota’s legal history.
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Ducks on the pond
Jennifer Thompson
Jul 01, 2021
Opportunity. Excitement. Capitalizing on the strong foundation already in place. Teamwork. Beyond baseball, as our world and our profession emerge from the pandemic, these words certainly also ring true for the possibilities that exist for the MSBA in the next year. C’mon! We’ve got ducks on the pond!
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The OLPR turns 50!
Susan Humiston
Jul 01, 2021
In 1971, the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed the first administrative director of the Office, Richey Reavill of Duluth, having created the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board in 1970. The first meeting of the Board also occurred in early 1971. With half a century of experience, let’s take a look at what has changed and what remains the same.
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Improving national cybersecurity
Mark Lanterman
Jul 01, 2021
This past May, President Biden issued a document entitled “Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.” In light of the multiple recent large-scale cyber events—including the SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, and JBS Meats attacks—the order comes at a particularly critical time.
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Exchange
Jul 01, 2021
A letter to the editor from Enbridge concerning part 1 of Jessica Intermill’s article on structural bias/racism in the law and the Line 3 pipeline approval.
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Notes & Trends – July 2021
Jul 01, 2021
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