Bench & Bar of Minnesota

Bench + Bar of Minnesota


The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association

Gov. Walz appoints Matti Adam and Seamus Duffy to fill 9th Judicial District vacancies
Apr 09, 2024
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointments of Matti Adam and Seamus Duffy as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 7th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Apr 08, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Jane Maschka to fill 4th Judicial District vacancy
Apr 02, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Jane Maschka as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Governor’s merit selection panel recommends Supreme Court candidates
Apr 01, 2024
The governor's merit selection panel announced that it is recommending six candidates for consideration to fill the upcoming vacancies on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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AI, UPL, and the justice gap
DAMIEN RIEHL
Apr 01, 2024
The legal profession stands at a crossroads. Embracing generative AI tools such as LLMs can significantly improve legal practice and access to justice. If we’re able to assess potential concerns about free speech and guild protectionism, we might move forward with using tools to benefit the public.
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The Eighth Circuit needs more women on the bench: An advocate’s experience
Stephanie Angolkar
Apr 01, 2024
One October morning in 2021, I prepared to return to in-person oral arguments before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul, Minnesota. After checking in for my argument, I entered the courtroom and quickly saw that I was the only woman in the room.
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Common but not forgotten
IAN LEWENSTEIN
Apr 01, 2024
When it comes to basic comma mistakes, two are predominantly recurring: (1) missing commas between independent clauses and (2) commas used unnecessarily in compound predicates.
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Cultivating emotional intelligence in the legal profession
Kendra Brodin
Apr 01, 2024
Emotional intelligence and emotional regulation are vital skills for lawyers, enabling them to navigate the complexities of their profession with resilience and effectiveness.
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What, me retire? Never!
Paul M. Floyd
Apr 01, 2024
Following both of my law partners’ recent retirements, questions about my own retirement plans have naturally surfaced, making the topic not only timely but deeply relevant to my personal and professional life.
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Lessons from private discipline in 2023
Susan Humiston
Apr 01, 2024
Private discipline is nonpublic discipline issued for violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct that are isolated and nonserious. Several lessons can be learned from reviewing the mistakes and situations that led to private discipline last year.
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Network down: Cybercrime or human error?
Mark Lanterman
Apr 01, 2024
This past month, people across the country were impacted by a severe AT&T network disruption. Though the company encouraged people to make calls using Wi-Fi, the outage still affected many customers’ ability to access the internet or even contact emergency services.
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Bar exam update: New court committee formed
Apr 01, 2024
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Congratulations to Watertown-Mayer High!
Apr 01, 2024
Last month 16 teams from around the state met and competed in the MSBA High School Mock Trial Program’s 39th state tournament at the U.S. District Courthouse in St. Paul.
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Greater Minnesota Practice Section to receive free dues for 2024-25 bar year and beyond
Apr 01, 2024
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Notes & Trends – April 2024
Apr 01, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the Second Judicial District
Mar 28, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the First Judicial District
Mar 28, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Ninth Judicial District Candidates to Governor Walz
Mar 28, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancies in the Third Judicial District
Mar 28, 2024
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Gov. Walz appoints Viet-Hanh Winchell to fill 10th Judicial District vacancy
Mar 12, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Viet-Hanh Winchell as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Mar 11, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announcedthat it is recommending four candidates for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District
Mar 04, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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In the Matter of Equity v. Finality
m boulette, Seungwon Chung, and Abby Sunberg
Feb 29, 2024
Two recent Supreme Court cases shift the emphasis in Minnesota divorce law. As divorce lawyers, we can’t make many promises. Family court outcomes are notoriously uncertain and the classic lawyerly “it depends” is often the only answer. But there was at least one promise we could always make: By the time this is over, you’ll be divorced. Once and for all. But after recent cases from the Minnesota Supreme Court, even that answer may now depend.
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Retaining and using expert witnesses: A short primer
R. Don Keysser
Feb 29, 2024
Your experts should be an integral part of your legal team, capable of adding considerable value to the ultimate resolution of your client’s case, if you manage them well.
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10 tips for working effectively with your in-house counterparts
MIKE MATHER
Feb 29, 2024
Despite the importance of this relationship, little time is spent identifying exactly how outside counsel can maximize their value to their in-house counterparts and the client they jointly represent. To address this gap, here are ten tips on how firms can more effectively partner with their in-house colleagues.
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The cannabis-custody conundrum
Christopher Vatsaas and Melanie Nelson
Feb 29, 2024
Marijuana use is not a foreign issue to family courts. In Minnesota, however, the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2023 added a new layer to this legal onion. As of August 1, 2023, adults in Minnesota over the age of 21 can possess, use, and grow restricted amounts of marijuana
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Sorry/not sorry for interrupting you
Paul M. Floyd
Feb 29, 2024
Much has been written and said about the lack of civility in the practice of law. But sometimes what appears to be a lack of civility is really a clash of conversational styles. Recognizing the difference can avoid unnecessary conflict and cultivate an appreciation for the upbringing and cultural background of the other person.
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A year of public discipline
Susan Humiston
Feb 29, 2024
Each year a summary of the prior year’s public discipline appears in this column. The purpose of this summary is largely a cautionary tale for lawyers—one of the reasons for public discipline, after all, is to deter misconduct by other lawyers.
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Minnesota data breaches and the ongoing threat of ransomware
Mark Lanterman
Feb 29, 2024
Ransomware continues to have a far-reaching impact. In December, possible victims from 17 Minnesota counties were contacted to alert them to the fact that their personal information may have been compromised in October 2023
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What I learned grieving the loss of my dad
Chase L. Andersen
Feb 29, 2024
I am not an expert in grief and loss, but I can surely relate to others who have lost a loved one. I suspect that my experience is similar to how a lot of other lawyers face grief and loss: Bottle it up and put it on the shelf for later.
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Colleague Corner: If you had to delete all but three apps from your phone, which ones would you keep?
Feb 29, 2024
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Congratulations to three new certified specialists
Feb 29, 2024
These attorneys have demonstrated extensive knowledge and proficiency in their specialty areas.
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We’d love your help: MSBA probate forms
Feb 29, 2024
The MSBA is seeking volunteers willing to collaborate on this project by reviewing existing documents, providing insights on necessary updates or changes, and suggesting additional documents to be added.
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Nominate an Outstanding New Lawyer
Feb 29, 2024
This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight a new attorney in your network who has shown outstanding dedication to MSBA or a local bar affiliate.
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Notes & Trends – March 2024
Feb 29, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection extends application period for vacancies in the 9th Judicial District
Feb 23, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the extension of the application period for the upcoming vacancies in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 7th Judicial District
Feb 23, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 10th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Feb 16, 2024
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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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 9th Judicial District
Feb 01, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints JaPaul Harris to Minnesota Court of Appeals
Jan 31, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Judge JaPaul Harris to an at-large seat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Governor Walz opens selection process for Minnesota Supreme Court vacancies
Jan 29, 2024
Governor Tim Walz today announced the opening of a selection process for two vacancies on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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How judges read statutes: And how to write them so they won’t be misinterpreted
Justice Paul Thissen
Jan 26, 2024
In this article, I hope to provide practical tips for people involved in the process of drafting statutes so they can maximize the odds that judges will interpret and apply statutes as their drafters intended.
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What happens when AI finally does learn to write legal briefs? A future imagined.
VADIM TRIFEL
Jan 26, 2024
A few weeks ago, I received an email about a job offer. It was an invitation to train a legal AI. The email did not go into detail. I assumed I would be involved in some type of machine learning. I would sit behind a computer and correct the program’s mistakes, give it a human touch. And perhaps, unwittingly, I would teach it enough of what I have spent over a decade learning for it to take over my job one day in the not-too-distant future.
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Crime and punishment, revised edition
Elizabeth A. Orrick
Jan 26, 2024
The 2023 legislative session was busy, with a record-breaking number of bills. In the end, 75 new chapters of law were adopted. In the criminal sector, numerous laws were added, existing laws modified, and some laws repealed.
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Nice lawyers finish first
Paul M. Floyd
Jan 26, 2024
In reality, there are numerous advantages to being known as “the nice lawyer.” This approach to practicing law leads to better health and well-being, fosters deeper and more lasting friendships, and ultimately results in greater financial success over the long term.
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Call for nominations: Becker Awards
Jan 26, 2024
Do you know a nonprofit legal services staff member or law student who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work with low-income Minnesotans?
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North Star Lawyers certification is open!
Jan 26, 2024
Each year the MSBA is proud to recognize members who have contributed at least 50 hours of pro bono work in our communities. More than just a recognition, the North Star Lawyers program provides a way for our community to come together, demonstrating the vital importance of showing up for those vulnerable to injustice.
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Consider a firm operations self-assessment
Susan Humiston
Jan 26, 2024
A few states have created practice self-assessments to help lawyers proactively create policies and procedures that enhance their ability to consistently meet their ethical obligations. Colorado has such a self-assessment, which is generously made available to the public.
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A new year’s review: Cyber considerations for 2024
Mark Lanterman
Jan 26, 2024
Heading into 2024, it is wise for organizations to take stock of their security postures and set goals for the coming year. Whether it’s prompted by recently enacted requirements, or the knowledge of an ever-evolving threat landscape, a comprehensive cybersecurity review can help address gaps and inform subsequent assessments.
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ADHD in the legal profession: The quiet struggle
Hannah Scheidecker
Jan 26, 2024
Lawyers report being diagnosed with ADHD at a rate of 12.5 percent, a figure two and a half times greater than the general adult population. High achievers with ADHD are drawn to the legal profession because we thrive under pressure.
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Colleague Corner: What’s the best gift you ever received?
Jan 26, 2024
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Notes & Trends – Jan/Feb 2024
Jan 26, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Jan 18, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Allison Whalen to fill 8th Judicial District vacancy
Jan 09, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Allison Whalen 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 10th Judicial District
Jan 05, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Governor’s merit selection panel recommends Court of Appeals candidates
Dec 18, 2023
The governor's merit selection panel announced that it is recommending three candidates from that applicant pool for consideration to fill the current vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Gov. Walz appoints Krista Marks to fill 1st Judicial District vacancy
Dec 18, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Krista Marks as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 8th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Dec 14, 2023
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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Gov. Walz seeks applicants for vacancy on the Commission on Judicial Selection
Dec 07, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a vacancy on the Commission on Judicial Selection.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Dec 05, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Brace yourself. Here are seven legal tech trends that are transforming the practice of law.
Todd C. Scott
Nov 30, 2023
So where might we be going from here? And what does 2024 have in store for attorneys trying to stay windward of the tidal change happening with law office workflows? Humbly, we have identified seven legal tech trends that will bring transformational change to lawyers and law firm processes everywhere.
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Put plain language in Minnesota’s court rules
Ian Lewenstein
Nov 30, 2023
Even the sclerotic federal government has slowly shuffled ahead of Minnesota in its dedication to washing court rules of legalese. I think that it’s time for Minnesota to follow suit.
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Deuce-Ace's Law Dictionary
The Rev. Dr. Felix Rabbits Van Deuce-Ace, Esq., L.L.M., M.A., M.B.A., M.D., Ph.D.
Nov 30, 2023
Scholarly square-toes will find much objectionable about the dictionary, as will the somber office drudge. This because the bloody thing wasn’t written for the serious, but for your average mouth-breather.
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Counselor at law: The privilege and burden of keeping secrets
Paul M. Floyd
Nov 30, 2023
Almost from the moment I passed the bar, family and friends began confiding in me regarding their legal problems.
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Conducting a trust account self-assessment
SUSAN HUMISTON
Nov 30, 2023
Whether you handle your own trust account or supervise others who do all the heavy lifting, ensuring that this important task is completed consistently and correctly is always worth your time.
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Biden issues ambitious executive order on AI
Mark Lanterman
Nov 30, 2023
Coming near the end of what was dubbed by many “the year of AI,” the order acknowledges both the risks and manifold benefits of AI technology, as well as the need for governance oversight to manage it as responsibly as possible.
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Notes & Trends – December 2023
Nov 30, 2023
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UM law students meet the market
Nov 30, 2023
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Minnesota’s newest attorneys sworn in
Nov 30, 2023
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Governor Walz appoints Dean Eyler, Kristen Marttila, and Dominick Mathews to fill 4th Judicial District vacancies
Nov 28, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Dean Eyler, Kristen Marttila, and Dominick Mathews 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
Nov 17, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending six candidates for consideration to fill three vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Notes & Trends – November 2023
Nov 01, 2023
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Better together: Toward a mutual-care approach to practicing law
Natalie Netzel
Nov 01, 2023
Natalie Netzel explores how mental health issues are exacerbated, even created, by the norms of our profession starting in law school, and then explores how individual lawyers can work together to promote mutual care as a new norm to counteract our damaging status quo.
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Trust us Antitrust is back: And it’s coming for Big Tech
Dan Gustafson and Abou Amara
Nov 01, 2023
More than a century ago, the critical industries of the day in the United States—railroads, electricity, oil, and gas—rested in the hands of a few powerful corporations.
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Secret recordings, privacy, and the pursuit of truth
By James Todd
Nov 01, 2023
The question for family-law practitioners is how to advise clients when it comes to secret recordings—whether to gather them and, when presented with secret recordings, whether to use those recordings as evidence in a family court proceeding.
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Going to Trial: Three Tips for Junior Lawyers
Cianna Guerra Halloran
Nov 01, 2023
This may be a rare experience overall, but as a new civil litigator I can attest that one should be prepared for the potential of a trial anyway. The problem is, how can you be prepared for trial when you are entirely new to the practice of law?
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Winter’s coming. Tell us about your dream vacation getaway.
Nov 01, 2023
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I hated being a lawyer!
Paul M. Floyd
Nov 01, 2023
In talking over the years with mentors, peers, and younger colleagues, I have heard this refrain numerous times from lawyers who are stressed, frustrated, and on the verge of throwing in the towel.
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ATJ committee’s report examines debt litigation in MN
Nov 01, 2023
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Connecting Greater Minnesota lawyers with job seekers
Nov 01, 2023
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Drawing the line on ethical witness preparation
SUSAN M. HUMISTON
Nov 01, 2023
Effectively preparing witnesses to provide testimony is an essential litigation skill. To do so competently and ethically requires a lot of work and forethought, because you must not only understand where the ethical lines lie but also keep in mind how the nonlawyer witness is hearing what you are saying.
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Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it can affect your practice
Sheina Long
Nov 01, 2023
Have you ever suffered from the seasonal blues? You likely were dealing with seasonal affective disorder.
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The CSRB weighs the lessons of Lapsus$
Mark Lanterman
Nov 01, 2023
The string of attacks offered insight into the security vulnerabilities existing within even the best-defended organizations; the CSRB report provides an in-depth analysis of the attacks and strategies for dealing with the most successful methods of intrusion.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 8th Judicial District
Oct 27, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Oct 25, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Steve Hanke to fill 6th Judicial District vacancy
Oct 19, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan announced the appointment of Steve Hanke as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District.
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Governor Walz appoints Adam Johnson and Lauren Johnson to fill 1st Judicial District vacancies
Oct 12, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Adam Johnson and Lauren Johnson as district court judges in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends Sixth Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Oct 03, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District.
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Reading the fine print: The extensive changes to Minnesota landlord-tenant law in 2023 mostly codify best practices
By Timothy A. Baland
Oct 01, 2023
The 2023 Minnesota legislative session saw what have been heralded as unprecedented changes to landlord-tenant law in Minnesota. Unless otherwise noted, the statutes discussed in this article become effective on January 1, 2024. For the most part, the changes reflect best practices for landlords—things that landlords already are or should be doing.
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The lawyer as private investigator: Parsing new ABA Model Rule 1.16(a)—Inquiring Into and Assessing Representations
William J. Wernz
Oct 01, 2023
In August 2023, the ABA adopted a new first sentence for Rule 1.16(a) of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, requiring lawyers to “inquire into and assess the facts and circumstances of each representation [of a client] to determine whether the lawyer may accept or continue the representation.”
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The changing workplace
Beth L. LaCanne and Shannon E. Eckman
Oct 01, 2023
The 2023 Minnesota legislative session was a pivotal one for laws impacting Minnesota’s workplaces. In particular, the session saw a wave of laws affecting employees’ rights and well-being.
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Construction law: updated indemnification and wage theft rule
Jevon Bindman, Anna Barton, and Carly Johnson
Oct 01, 2023
The 2023 legislative session spelled many changes for the construction industry, from deeming indemnification agreements in connection with public improvements unenforceable to creating upstream liability for contractors and potentially owners when subcontractors engage in wage theft.
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MSBA 2023-24: New leadership, new horizons
Paul Floyd
Oct 01, 2023
Change is inevitable, and as we embark on a new bar year, the MSBA Board of Governors has undergone a transformation, introducing seven new persons and perspectives to its leadership.
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Court issues order on ABA discipline system recommendations
SUSAN HUMISTON
Oct 01, 2023
Following a comment period and public hearing, the Court’s order reflects careful and thoughtful consideration of the various recommendations. We are fortunate in Minnesota to have an active and engaged Court willing to commit significant time to attorney discipline matters. The order is lengthy, so I think an overview of the Court’s decisions and next steps is in order.
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Deepfakes, AI, and digital evidence
By Mark Lanterman
Oct 01, 2023
With the ever-expanding prevalence of artificial intelligence, I’m sure that most of us have seen at least a few types of “deepfakes.”
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Well-being and emotional intelligence are business development tools
Kendra Brodin​
Oct 01, 2023
As a lawyer, it can be easy to see your legal practice as a place to escape feelings. Many of us fail to understand that human emotion is a huge part of the work itself; we did not learn much about emotional intelligence and well-being in law school.
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Save the date: New Lawyers Leadership Conference!
Oct 01, 2023
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Coming this month: Legal tech CLEs
Oct 01, 2023
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Pro Bono Week October 23-27
Oct 01, 2023
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Notes & Trends – October 2023
Oct 01, 2023
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Hail the departing chief: Gildea’s legacy includes 13 cases for 13 years
Cathy E. Gorlin and Marshall H. Tanick
Oct 01, 2023
There will be a new look at the Minnesota Supreme Court this fall due to the October retirement of Chief Justice Lorie Gildea after 13-plus years at the helm.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 4th Judicial District
Sep 21, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection extends application period for vacancy in the 6th Judicial District
Sep 05, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the extension of the application period for the upcoming vacancy in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District.
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From 0 to HF100: Legal cannabis comes to Minnesota
Jared M. Reams & Rachel S. Kurth
Sep 01, 2023
Gov. Tim Walz signed HF100 on May 30, 2023, after a nearly six-month journey through numerous committees and revised engrossments in the Minnesota House and Senate, making Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize recreational-use cannabis.
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Understanding expungement under the new cannabis law
Dea Cortney & Samuel Edmunds
Sep 01, 2023
Some, but not all, expungements will occur automatically.
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In the weeds: Firearm ownership, cannabis, and the hemp exception
AARON EDWARD BROWN
Sep 01, 2023
There’s a cannabis-related absurdity in federal firearms law.
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  • Legislation
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Why are we using race and gender tables to set tort damages in 2023?
Sep 01, 2023
The Legislature is the likeliest source of change.
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  • Tort Law
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