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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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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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  • Military and Veterans Law
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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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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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
Jun 30, 2022
In January 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed revisions and additions to HIPAA and HITECH’s protected health information (PHI) and privacy regulations. This article details the proposed rule’s alterations to the HIPAA landscape and the major implications for health care entities and patients.
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Not immune from change
Jack Finck and Colin Hunter Hargreaves
Jun 01, 2022
A guide to approaching ADA medical accommodation requests to telework by immunocompromised employees in light of the covid-19 pandemic.
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Hiding in plain sight
Natalie Netzel
Jun 01, 2022
Vicarious trauma is just part of the job for many lawyers. Time to talk—and do—more about it.
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  • Mental Health
  • Wellbeing
The shield of judicial immunity protects receivers
George H. Singer
Jun 01, 2022
The United States Supreme Court recently declined to second-guess a decision from the Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, which had determined that court-appointed bankruptcy receivers are entitled to quasi-judicial immunity when they act within the court’s authority.
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