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Lawyer well-being in Minnesota gets a boost from the Supreme Court
Joan Bibelhausen
Apr 03, 2019
National efforts to advance well-being in the legal profession were placed under a statewide spotlight at the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Call to Action for Lawyer Well-Being conference on February 28.
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No, You Can’t Call Him an @?%#! on Facebook
Tifanne Wolter
Mar 05, 2019
Counseling clients about social media and divorce – Divorce is one of the most stressful and painful experiences a person can undergo. And in the age of social media, where people often feel compelled to broadcast every little detail about their lives to the whole planet, the experience can become even more fraught.
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RBG and MN
Marshall H. Tank and Cathey E. Gorlin
Mar 05, 2019
As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg observes her silver anniversary on the U.S. Supreme Court, we look at some of her notable opinions in Minnesota cases.
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An interview with Justice Paul Thissen of the Minnesota Supreme Court: ‘My first few months have been amazing’
Jon Schmidt
Mar 05, 2019
Justice Paul C. Thissen was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2018 by Gov. Mark Dayton. Prior to joining the Court, Justice Thissen had spent 15 years as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, including two years as speaker of the House.
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Substantial completion and liquidated damages: A road not taken
Isak Hawkinson
Mar 05, 2019
Substantial completion dates frequently coincide with liquidated damages provisions in construction contracts; a contractor’s failure to meet the deadline set by the former can prompt the enforcement of the latter.
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ABA Formal Opinion No. 483, Data Breaches, and You
Kevin P. Hickey & Jeff Alluri
Mar 05, 2019
What’s your plan? New ethics opinion requires lawyers to take steps to protect client data from cyber threats. Hackers have increasingly targeted lawyers and law firms for the treasure trove of confidential information in their possession, including trade secrets, pending business deals, financial information, and personal data.
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So Long, Tim Groshens
Bench & Bar of Minnesota
Feb 05, 2019
When Tim Groshens was named executive director of the Minnesota State Bar Association in 1985, Ronald Reagan was president, big hair was stylish, and desktop computers were still just an unsettling rumor in most lawyers’ offices.
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Beyond the Binary: Practical advice for using gender pronouns
Christy Hall and Conner Suddick
Feb 05, 2019
Misgendering a person—such as referring to someone as “sir” or “she” when they are not—is an act of gender violence. It may seem like an innocent mistake, or not a big deal. But for a transgender person, being misgendered cuts to the core of their identity.
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In eviction proceedings, lawyers equal better outcomes
Luke Grundman, Muria Kruger, And Tom Tinkham
Feb 05, 2019
A study arising from the Housing Court Project in Hennepin County proves that legal representation in housing court helps prevent homelessness. Evictions have significant and often tragic consequences for tenants and their families. An eviction notice can spell a nearly immediate need to move out with nowhere to go but to double up with a friend or relative—or worse, end up in a shelter, the car, or the street.
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Alt-Remedies to Paying Student Loans: In some cases, relief is available
ANDREW WOLD
Feb 01, 2019
Close to $1.5 trillion in loans have been issued to students; most of them are not dischargeable and accrue more interest than the average mortgage or car loan of the last decade.
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Who Will Judge the Judges? The origins of judicial discipline in Minnesota
William J. Wernz and Sara Boeshans
Dec 01, 2018
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Defining Parenthood: Changing families, the law, and the element of intent
GERI C. SJOQUIST
Nov 01, 2018
Unfortunately, the definition of the “average” Minnesota family upon which decades of case law and statutes are based is often not applicable to current-day family units.
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The Myth of the Bulletproof Prenup: Unpacking Minnesota’s “new” common law standards for antenuptial agreements
Michael P. Boulette & Jennifer R. Colich
Sep 01, 2018
Bulletproof. Ironclad. Impenetrable. Popular culture treats prenups as something approaching the armor of Achilles—protecting the bearer from all the vagaries of life and marital misfortune. To borrow a more modern metaphor, prenups are the stalwart insurance policy protecting the powerful and wealthy against even their most heedless romantic adventures.
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So you are going to trial: How to prepare for the case that doesn’t settle
Tom Tinkham and Meghan DesLauriers
Aug 01, 2018
This article sets out best practices for trial preparation. Circumstances, such as schedules and economics, may dictate a departure from the ideal, but best practices should always be the goal. No matter how skilled and talented you are (or think you are), solid trial preparation will improve your work.
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A Fresh Look at the Problem of Unpublished Opinions
By Justice David L. Lillehaug and Nathan J. Ebnet
Dec 01, 2016
Members of the bar have long chafed at the designation of appellate opinions as “unpublished.” But the concept has many judicial defenders, including past and present judges on the Court of Appeals. In this article, a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and his former law clerk argue for a middle way that would result in more precedent for trial courts and arbitrators to apply.
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