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Gov. Walz appoints Debra Groehler to fill 3rd Judicial District vacancy
Feb 02, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Debra Groehler as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 10th Judicial District
Jan 31, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Family, it’s time we had a talk
Paul D. Peterson
Jan 30, 2023
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North Star Lawyers: Certification is open
Jan 30, 2023
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Call for nominations: 2023 Becker Awards
Jan 30, 2023
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2023 resolutions—ethics edition
SUSAN M. HUMISTON
Jan 30, 2023
If you enjoy reflecting and resolving to make some changes in your life at the start of this new year, might I suggest a few ethics-related resolutions to integrate into your practice?
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Thinking about the future of cyber insurance
By Mark Lanterman
Jan 30, 2023
As cyber threats evolve, it is likely that cyber insurance will change in turn, accounting for the immense losses that can characterize even a single attack.
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Are there any life skills or personality traits you didn’t expect to use in practicing law—but find yourself using often?
Jan 30, 2023
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Building a more accessible bar
Moderated and introduced by Ann Motl
Jan 30, 2023
A roundtable conversation featuring members of the Minnesota Disability Bar Association.
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Minnesota Supreme Court recognizes the common interest doctrine
ANDY DAVIS & CONNOR SHAULL
Jan 30, 2023
All federal appellate courts, and most states—including, at long last, Minnesota—have now recognized the doctrine. Yet despite its wide acceptance, the common interest doctrine varies in important ways across jurisdictions.
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Live Wire: The law, Orthodox Judaism, and Minnesota’s eruvim
Judah A. Druck
Jan 30, 2023
What is this odd tradition? How does it work? And given that the wire often encroaches upon public land and requires government approval, how can the eruv function without violating the First Amendment? This article explores and answers these questions, including the ways in which the eruv has been litigated and how it might impact Minnesota’s own eruvim.
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Inside ADR’s Minnesota rules reset
Kristi Paulson
Jan 30, 2023
This article, the first of two, will provide an overview of the new rules and a general discussion of key aspects of those rules. It is not an exhaustive treatment of the changes, however, and it is not a substitute for reading the new Rule 114 in its entirety. Part two will focus on what practitioners need to know about the Code of Ethics and the ADR Ethics Board.
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Notes & Trends - Jan/Feb 2022
Jan 30, 2023
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 3rd Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Jan 25, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz reappoints the Hon. Patricia J. Milun to the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals
Jan 24, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the reappointment of the Honorable Patricia J. Milun as a judge of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) for a six-year term. Governor Walz also redesignated her as chief judge.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 1st Judicial District
Jan 23, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Jan 12, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Kristi Stanislawski to fill 10th Judicial District vacancy
Jan 09, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Kristi Stanislawski as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Walz, Flanagan announce appointees to the Commission on Judicial Selection
Jan 09, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced appointments to the Commission on Judicial Selection. The Governor’s appointees include six at-large members and 20 district members, two from each of the ten judicial districts.
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The American Constitution Society is compiling a media resource directory
Jan 03, 2023
This database includes legal professionals aligned with a progressive vision of our laws and the Constitution (there is no need to be an ACS member). You can specify what policy issues or areas of law you would like to be contacted about in the submission form linked below.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals Candidates to Gov. Walz
Jan 02, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
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Gov. Walz reappoints the Hon. Jane N. Bowman to the Minnesota Tax Court
Dec 16, 2022
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the reappointment of the Honorable Jane N. Bowman as a Judge of the Minnesota Tax Court for a six-year term.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Dec 15, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 3rd Judicial District
Dec 12, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 10th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Dec 02, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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For trial lawyers, the generalist is the best specialist
Justice G. Barry Anderson and Jevon Bindman
Dec 01, 2022
Rather than complain about declining civil trial work or point to some earlier, more propitious time, this article recognizes the current legal landscape and discusses how attorneys can develop trial skills in an increasingly specialized world.
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The new world of NIL in Minnesota
Michael T. Burke and Amber D. Crow
Dec 01, 2022
How student-athletes can navigate the system of name, image, and likeness rights in high school and beyond
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Something to chew on: How newly legal THC edibles interact with Minnesota employment laws
Shawn J. Wanta and Susan E. Ellingstad
Dec 01, 2022
Minnesota has one of the most restrictive drug and alcohol testing statutes in the country. It also has a statute protecting the rights of Minnesota employees to consume all legal food and beverages outside of working hours with very few limitations by employers.
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Have no fear, hyphens are here
Ian Lewenstein
Dec 01, 2022
Lawyers, whether or not by their own admission, aren’t the best punctuators. True, this lawyerly difficulty extends to other professionals. But because drafting and editing sit at the core of a lawyer’s work, proper punctuation skills are a must.
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Employment Practices Liability insurance demystified
Britton D. Weimer
Dec 01, 2022
Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance funds most judgments and settlements in employee suits against small and mid-sized employers. Thus, it is crucial for both plaintiff’s attorneys and defense counsel to understand the scope of the typical EPL insurance policy.
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‘Tis the season of giving
Paul Peterson
Dec 01, 2022
Please take a moment, act, and let’s see what remarkable good we can achieve together. Let’s end 2022 with our whole organization making small but significant contributions.
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More on the ABA consultation report
Susan Humiston
Dec 01, 2022
Because there are several additional recommendations, I thought it beneficial to continue to explore the consultation report. For this column, my focus is on recommendations that require additional resources or change responsibility for tasks currently performed within the discipline system to other organizations.
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Ransomware and counteracting the interconnected risks of the IoT
Mark Lanterman
Dec 01, 2022
This past fall, Crystal Valley, a farming co-op in southern Minnesota, was targeted by a ransomware attack that left its employees using paper tickets to take orders.
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Gov. Walz appoints Sydnee Woods to fill 4th Judicial District vacancy
Nov 29, 2022
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Sydnee Woods as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Certified Legal Specialists Upcoming Exams
Nov 29, 2022
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Reminder: Start compiling your pro bono hours!
Nov 29, 2022
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Seeking private and in-house attorneys for Pro Bono Council
Nov 29, 2022
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Notes & Trends - December 2022
Nov 29, 2022
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Gov. Walz appoints Jeremy Clinefelter to fill 3rd Judicial District vacancy
Nov 28, 2022
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Jeremy Clinefelter as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Pro Bono Spotlight: Catherine Ahlin-Halverson
Nov 21, 2022
Catherine Ahlin-Halverson currently works for Maslon LLP as Public Interest Counsel and as Executive Director of UPLIFT Legal Institute for Teens, a nonprofit legal pipeline program. Over the years, Catherine has done pro bono work in partnership with many organizations, including Advocates for Human Rights, the ACLU of Minnesota, the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, Volunteer Lawyer’s Network and the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Nov 21, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals
Nov 17, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
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Walz, Flanagan seek applicants for vacancies on the Commission on Judicial Selection
Nov 10, 2022
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the start of a process to fill 27 seats on the Commission on Judicial Selection appointed by the governor.
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What’s the most valuable thing you do for yourself to create a measure of work/life balance?
Nov 02, 2022
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Notes & Trends
Nov 02, 2022
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Executive Order 22-20 and Minnesota's Growing Cybercrime Rates
Mark Lanterman
Nov 01, 2022
This past August, Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 22-20, Directing State Agencies to Implement Cybersecurity Measures to Protect Critical Infrastructure in Minnesota.
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Comment Period Open: ABA Issues Consultation Report on Minnesota's Discipline System
Susan Humiston
Nov 01, 2022
The Minnesota Supreme Court periodically undertakes a review of its lawyer discipline system. Earlier this year, the Court invited the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Regulation to conduct such a review.
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Mock Trial Volunteers Needed
Nov 01, 2022
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Statewide Debt Litigation Project Seeks Member Feedback
Nov 01, 2022
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Housing Court Clinics Need Help
Nov 01, 2022
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Congratulations Newly Certified Specialists
Nov 01, 2022
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Minnesota after Dobbs
Sharon Van Dyck and Scott Wilson
Nov 01, 2022
Understanding the state Constitution’s protections for reproductive rights.
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Dobbs and minority rule: The view from Minnesota
Scott Wilson and Sharon Van Dyck
Nov 01, 2022
Most Americans support the right to an abortion, but in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota is isolated in its protection of that right.
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Minnesota should strengthen its protection for reproductive liberty
Laura Hermer
Nov 01, 2022
Now that Roe and Casey have been overturned, our state constitution unquestionably offers more expansive protection for Minnesotans’ right to an abortion under the right of privacy. Yet Minnesotans who care about retaining robust privacy rights may reasonably be concerned about ensuring the protection of their right to an abortion and other privacy rights over time.
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Wage Theft: New law and enforcement efforts implicate compliance & ethics challenges
MIKE SCHECHTER
Nov 01, 2022
There are three main characters in wage theft stories: the deliberate criminals, the unawares, and the cleans. This article focuses on the middle group in the construction industry.
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Gov. Walz reappoints Hon. Susan Segal as chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Nov 01, 2022
Governor Tim Walz announced his reappointment of the Honorable Susan Segal as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 10th Judicial District
Oct 24, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a new vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Courtrooms without borders
Mike Mosedale
Oct 04, 2022
Remote court proceedings are here to stay. What does that mean for lawyers, clients, and courts? What is gained? What is lost?
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Remote pro bono work changes the game
Sarah Etheridge
Oct 04, 2022
Three veteran attorneys share advice on building client bonds virtually.
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Rural Minnesota needs pro bono lawyers. It’s easier than ever to help.
Daniel Morris
Oct 04, 2022
This pivot to technology has increased capacity for legal aid and expanded the way pro bono work can be done.
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A ‘bright-line’ rule: You will pay for violating bankruptcy stay
George H. Singer
Oct 04, 2022
The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently established a “bright-line rule” in a case of first impression: If the debtor is named as a defendant in a prepetition lawsuit, the automatic stay operates to halt further proceedings.
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How FAR can covid-19 be claimed as an excusable delay for federal contractors?
Rachel Lantz
Oct 04, 2022
This article was the 2022 winner of the MSBA Construction Law Section’s annual writing contest.
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Make time for pro bono. You won’t be sorry.
Paul D. Peterson
Oct 04, 2022
If we all could up our pro bono game just a little—and get a larger percentage of lawyers volunteering—we will be amazed at the results.
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Ethics news from around the country
Susan Humiston
Oct 04, 2022
The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility recently attended the National Organization of Bar Counsel annual conference. Reporting back, here is what is happening around the country in the area of attorney ethics.
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Social engineering or computer fraud? In cyber insurance, the difference matters
Mark Lanterman
Oct 04, 2022
Many organizations view cyber-insurance policies as a final line of defense against the risks associated with cybercrime. Given the potential for damages, and the prevalence of cyberattacks, cyber-insurance policies are increasingly common.
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Colleague Corner: What tips/advice would you have for a 1L who’s just getting started this fall?
Oct 04, 2022
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Report: Task force proposes MSBA bylaw changes
Oct 04, 2022
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New Lawyer of the Year
Oct 04, 2022
The MSBA New Lawyers Section has awarded Abou B. Amara, Jr. the 2022 Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award.
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Available now: Legal tech one-on-one sessions
Oct 04, 2022
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Help us update practicelaw
Oct 04, 2022
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Notes & Trends—October 2022
Oct 04, 2022
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Gov. Walz appoints Benjamin Wilcox to fill 8th Judicial District vacancy
Oct 03, 2022
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Benjamin Wilcox as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Sep 28, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a new vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 8th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Sep 14, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 3rd Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Sep 06, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Getting paid with Crypto
ARAM DESTEIAN & TIMOTHY GREENFIELD
Sep 01, 2022
The legal ethics issues you need to know: Attorneys and firms considering whether to accept cryptocurrency as payment should keep in mind the fluctuation of value tied to these digital assets.
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Understanding the Veterans Restorative Justice Act
Evan C. Tsai
Sep 01, 2022
Protecting our communities by serving our veterans.
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The bar exam considered
Carol Chomsky, Dena Sonbol, and Tyler Wessman-Conroy
Sep 01, 2022
A law professor, a law school administrator, and a recent examinee share their views of the present-day test. Is this still how we should be licensing lawyers?
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Your ethical duties in dealing with unrepresented persons
SUSAN HUMISTON
Sep 01, 2022
Lately we have seen an uptick in complaints where lawyers have failed to be mindful of their ethical obligations to unrepresented persons. Because of this fact, I thought a refresher on the rules would be helpful.
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The Cyber Safety Review Board’s first report and the impact of Log4j
Mark Lanterman
Sep 01, 2022
This past spring, I wrote about the newly created Cyber Safety Review Board and its focus on uniting the public and private sectors in reviewing security incidents and providing recommendations for improvement. The board made the recently discovered Log4j vulnerability the subject of its first report.
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Colleague Corner: What has been your best day as a lawyer?
Sep 01, 2022
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Notes & Trends—September 2022
Sep 01, 2022
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Update: IOLTA Bank on Justice
Sep 01, 2022
With interest rates on the rise, the MSBA has updated its list of banks that qualify for recognition through our Bank on Justice Program. These banks offer a rate of greater than 0.5% interest on IOLTA accounts.
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A note on legal certification
Sep 01, 2022
The MSBA has been an accredited agency of the Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification since 1987, but did you know that there are five other entities that certify Minnesota attorneys in other specialty areas?
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Sara Gonsalves appointed 4th Judicial District administrator
Aug 23, 2022
Judges in the Fourth Judicial District have appointed Sara Gonsalves as the judicial district administrator for Hennepin County District Court. The appointment was approved by the Minnesota Judicial Council on Thursday, August 18.
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Gov. Walz appoints Jean Burdorf and John Lucas to fill 4th Judicial District vacancies
Aug 18, 2022
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointments of Jean Burdorf and John Lucas as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Aug 05, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending four candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 8th Judicial District
Jul 27, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District.
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Road to Nowhere: A 2022 Minnesota legislative session recap
Bryan Lake
Jul 26, 2022
The wisdom of a balanced approach is evident in many areas of life. Unfortunately, at the state Capitol, a historic budget surplus was not enough to balance significant partisan differences.
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The lawyer as an inclusive leader
Dr. Artika Tyner
Jul 26, 2022
How can lawyers take intentional action for justice and equity? In Dr. Artika Tyner's latest book, she provides a pathway for lawyers to effect change by engaging in a process of self-reflection, grappling with unconscious biases, fostering innovation, and taking action for the betterment of society.
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SPAC-tacular—The rise of SPACs and corresponding developments in securities litigation
Bryce Riddle and Kyle Willems
Jul 26, 2022
Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) are shell companies that raise capital in initial public offerings for the purpose of merging with or acquiring a privately held company. This article examines what SPACs are and discusses current legal trends that have arisen in the SPAC space.
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The three Cs of legal technology and ethics
Kristi Paulson
Jul 26, 2022
The evolving technology of the modern law office is rapidly redefining how and where we work. But while the habits and habitats of contemporary law practice have changed, the Rules of Professional Conduct and our obligations as lawyers under these rules have not. Let’s take a look at the three Cs of legal technology and ethics: competence, confidentiality and communication.
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Building a better bar admissions process
Leanne Fuith
Jul 26, 2022
A look at what the Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners is doing in its two-year study of the bar exam—and what other jurisdictions are considering.
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Notes & Trends—August 2022
Jul 25, 2022
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Who's your favorite fictional lawyer or law firm?
Jul 25, 2022
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What critical infrastructure efforts can teach us about cyber resilience
Mark Lanterman
Jul 25, 2022
The possibility of an attack on critical infrastructure remains a major concern, and realistically, every sector is at heightened risk. What changes should be made to cybersecurity strategies, and how can an organization improve its security posture cost effectively and quickly?
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Due diligence on lawyers
Susan Humiston
Jul 25, 2022
“Disclosures” is the term we use to refer to disclosure of an attorney’s disciplinary history. In this column, Susan Humiston explains what disciplinary history is available to the public, and why it is a good idea for anyone hiring a lawyer to vet their lawyer using the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.
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MSBA in Action
Jul 25, 2022
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President's Page: Renewing the wellness call to action
Paul Peterson
Jul 25, 2022
President Paul Peterson shares progress made on the Minnesota Supreme Court and United States District Court for the district of Minnesota's call to action on lawyer well-being. The “renewal” aspect of this year’s program reflects a re-examination and recommitment to wellness on the part of the profession following the impact of the pandemic and the shutdown.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 3rd Judicial District
Jul 25, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Notice of U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy in District of Minnesota
Jul 21, 2022
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.
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Gov. Walz appoints Natalie Martinez to fill 3rd Judicial District vacancy
Jul 11, 2022
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Natalie Martinez as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Advertising rule changes
Susan Humiston
Jun 30, 2022
Effective September 1, 2022, the section of the ethics rules colloquially called the “advertising rules” will undergo substantial revisions. Notably, most instances of the word “advertising” are gone from the rules, with a broader focus on information relating to a lawyer’s services. Let’s review the changes.
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How the American Choice and Innovation Online Act may affect cybersecurity
Mark Lanterman
Jun 30, 2022
Less than a decade and a half into the smartphone era, it is already hard to envision a world in which instant information gathering, communication, and computing abilities aren’t available to us all the time, anywhere. A pending piece of federal legislation, the American Choice and Innovation Online Act, highlights the tension and illustrates the complicated set of expectations we have for Big Tech.
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What are the biggest misconceptions other attorneys have about your practice area?
Jun 30, 2022
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The uses and misuses of shall
Ian Lewenstein
Jun 30, 2022
All lawyers are intimately familiar with shall. Even before law school, most lawyers are introduced to the word, which sits prominently in the public domain in legal documents and corporate speak. Through osmosis, shall becomes entrenched as a cornerstone of a lawyer’s lexicon. But should it?
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Ending forced arbitration
Laura Farley
Jun 30, 2022
On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (H.R. 4445). Courts will be tasked with interpreting the Act to consider what claims it covers and its applicability to existing claims.
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Answering the call
Amy Lindgren
Jun 30, 2022
For Paul Peterson, 2022-2023 president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, being a lawyer is more than a job. As Bill Harper, his law partner at Harper & Peterson, PLLC, says, “It’s a calling. He knows he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing.”
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Major changes coming to HIPAA privacy rules in 2022
Gregory J. Myers, David W. Asp, and Develyn J. Mistriotti