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When Rules Get in the Way of Reason: One judge’s view of legislative interpretation
Justice Paul Thissen
Nov 04, 2019
The job of a judge when interpreting statutes is straightforward: “ascertain and effectuate the intention of the legislature.” As a former legislator, however, I am chastened to admit that the Legislature does not always make that job easy and, for a variety of reasons, too often makes that task quite difficult. So what is a judge to do?
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Understanding pet custody law: Trends in animal law jurisprudence
BARBARA J. GISLASON
Nov 04, 2019
It is well-known that about 67 percent of U.S. households have pets, and expenditures on them exceed $72 billion per year. Following Hurricane Katrina, according to one poll, 93 percent of pet owners claimed they would risk their lives for their pets.
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All Parks Alliance for Change fights the good fight
Athena Hollins and Amanda Idinge
Nov 04, 2019
Meet one of the 2019 Minnesota State Bar Foundation grant recipients.
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The Extra Mile: Seven Minnesota attorneys who donate to legal aid causes
Nov 04, 2019
The legal community can play a strong role in leveling the playing field for Minnesotans needing legal help.
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Litigating Harassment in the #MeToo Era
Andrew Murphy and Terran Chambers
Oct 02, 2019
A lingering gap between the letter of the law and the mood of the culture is yielding strikingly disparate outcomes in sexual harassment cases
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Double Jeopardy: Understanding the civil legal implications of fleeing domestic abuse with children across state and national borders
Allison Maxim
Oct 02, 2019
Women who take their children and flee domestic abuse in another jurisdiction to return to Minnesota may face another set of (legal) problems once they arrive. Here’s how to best navigate them.
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Minnesota Adopts New Timing Rules
Hon. Eric Hylden, Michael B. Johnson, and David F. Herr
Oct 02, 2019
Understanding the new timing rules for Minnesota litigation practice that will take effect on January 1, 2020. Timing in Minnesota litigation practice is about to become more important—but probably more effortless as well. Come the new year, most of us will have to re-learn how to count days for Minnesota cases.
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Trends in E-Scooter Litigation
Kyle Willems
Oct 02, 2019
The past two summers have introduced residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul to one of the hottest trends in personal transportation: e-scooters. In the spring of 2018, e-scooters became an overnight sensation and completely disrupted the Twin Cities’ personal transportation marketplace. As in every market where e-scooters have been introduced, their sudden popularity means there is little jurisprudence directly addressing the unique tort-based issues they create.
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Country Lawyer 2.0 – Intro
Sep 03, 2019
Veteran small-town attorneys talk about their practices, their communities, their profession—and the ways they are changing
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Country Lawyer 2.0 – Part 1: Changing Practices
Sep 03, 2019
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Country Lawyer 2.0 – Part 2: Changing Communities
Sep 03, 2019
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Country Lawyer 2.0 – Part 3: Changing Technology
Sep 03, 2019
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Country Lawyer 2.0 – Part 4: Changing Profession
Sep 03, 2019
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Atticus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
MIKE MOSEDALE
Sep 03, 2019
Rural Minnesota lawyers are facing a succession crisis. Can anything be done?
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Not Enough Work (and 7 other myths about rural law practice)
Bruce Cameron
Sep 03, 2019
While small town business people may not be Wall Street dealmakers, the average farmer runs a $1 million-plus enterprise. What follows are a few more common misconceptions about the rural bar that should be put to rest.
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Access to Justice Made Easy (Well, Easier)
Bridget Gernander
Aug 02, 2019
The newly revamped LawHelpMN can’t singlehandedly solve the justice gap—but it gives Minnesota lawyers a great way to refer people they couldn’t otherwise assist to the legal help they need.
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End Times, Legal Citations Edition
Adam T. Johnson
Aug 02, 2019
And what is this plague? It is the “cleaned up” parenthetical—a contemporary invention ex diabolus, an agent of confusion, a damned quixotic catastrophe noxiously heaped upon the American bar by the phantom exigencies claimed by Generation Infinite Scroll—to put all of it very, very mildly.
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Navigating the Benefits, Risks, and Limitations of Entity Depositions
Tom Tinkham and Ben D. Kappelman
Aug 02, 2019
Your opponent in this suit is a corporation. You don’t know the names of some of the corporate employees who may have the important facts and you can’t tell who made the critical decisions. Do you waste your limited number of depositions and your time by noticing depositions of all the likely corporate employees?
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MSBA President 2019-20 – Tom Nelson: A Life of Service
By Amy Lindgren
Jul 01, 2019
Tom Nelson, a partner at Stinson, LLP (née Leonard, Street and Deinard) and the incoming President of the Minnesota State Bar Association, isn’t shy about telling his age. He just doesn’t think it’s particularly relevant to his life choices.
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Lawyer, Redeemed: Proving moral change in reinstatement and bar admission cases
WILLIAM J. WERNZ
Jul 01, 2019
Stock fraud, welfare fraud, civil fraud, theft by swindle, perjury, armed robbery, and a decade or so of dishonest activities—these were the impediments to bar admission or reinstatement that clients have faced in my many years of representing them.
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