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Gov. Walz appoints Kellie Charles, Edward Sheu to Fill 2nd Judicial District vacancies
Jul 06, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz announced the appointment of Kellie Charles and Edward Sheu as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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A time of new perspectives
Dyan Ebert
Jul 01, 2020
Over the last several months we have all had to make significant changes in our lives and our practices. These changes, while difficult and often inconvenient, have also afforded us an opportunity to look at things from different perspectives.
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Prospective clients and the ethics rules
SUSAN HUMISTON
Jul 01, 2020
Rule 1.18, Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, addresses duties to “prospective clients:” individuals who consult with a lawyer about the possibility of forming an attorney-client relationship.
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Cyber riots and hacktivism
Mark Lanterman
Jul 01, 2020
‘Hacktivism’ can be defined as acts of cybercrime motivated by political or social causes.
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Saluting MSBA Award winners
Jun 30, 2020
This month we congratulate the winners of several annual MSBA awards, recognized at the recent MSBA Virtual Convention.
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Saluting our North Star Lawyers
Jun 30, 2020
The Minnesota State Bar Association is tremendously proud of our members who render free legal services to low-income persons.
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Court recognizes top pro bono efforts
Jun 30, 2020
The Pro Bono Council of the MSBA Access to Justice Committee annually coordinates with the Minnesota Supreme Court to recognize outstanding pro bono volunteer service in the prior calendar year.
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Notes & Trends – July 2020
Jun 30, 2020
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Text of MSBA President Tom Nelson's (2019-20) Remarks about the Bar Year Gone By
Jun 29, 2020
This has been a memorable year, to say the least. We have been threatened and sometimes infected by a coronavirus that has upended our lives. And we have been touched by tragedy and trauma, arising out of another form of virus—racism. In some ways, we are being brought together by all of this, in virtual and vital ways. At least I hope so—awakening us toward justice, transformation, and hope.
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Gov. Walz appoints Jeanine Brand to 9th Judicial District
Jun 29, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz announced the appointment of Ms. Jeanine Brand as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s 9th Judicial District.
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MSBA response to the posthumous pardon of Max Mason
Jun 12, 2020
The Minnesota State Bar Association applauds the action of the Minnesota Board of Pardons earlier today in granting the first posthumous pardon in the state’s history to Max Mason, a 21-year-old black man who was falsely accused and later convicted of rape in the aftermath of the lynching of three of his fellow African American circus workers in Duluth on June 15, 1920.
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Announcement from Ramsey County District Court on reopening of service counters on June 15
Jun 12, 2020
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 2nd Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Jun 12, 2020
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending five candidates to the Governor for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 9th Judicial District cndidates to Gov. Walz
Jun 12, 2020
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, and Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Statement on George Floyd
Jun 01, 2020
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Working from home and protecting client data
MARK LANTERMAN
May 27, 2020
Though the situation is challenging, now is not the time to shrug off poor security practices. Relying on email disclaimers such as “If you are not the intended recipient of this email, please delete” is not enough to ensure the confidentiality of client data.
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Legal ethics in a pandemic
SUSAN HUMISTON
May 27, 2020
In the midst of these changes, lawyers and their staffs may not have thought through the ethics questions presented by the new normal. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I do have some guidance.
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Coronavirus: Risks, Responses, and Responsibilities
TOM NELSON
May 27, 2020
It’s hard to discern when and how we’ll get to the other side of this experience, and how we’ll even know when we get there. Short of a vaccine, I suppose. It’s like running in a marathon with no finish line, or climbing a cloud-topped and summit-less mountain.
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Notes & Trends – May/June 2020
May 27, 2020
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Gov. Walz appoints the Hon. Theodora Gaïtas to the Minnesota Court of Appeals
May 19, 2020
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Judge Theodora Gaïtas to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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