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MSBA announces results of poll on contested Supreme Court judicial race
Sep 04, 2020
Today the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) announced the results of its poll of members regarding the two candidates for the contested Minnesota Supreme Court judicial seat.
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Assess, reflect, renew
Dyan Ebert
Sep 01, 2020
As attorneys we all know that ongoing education is extremely important. Our professional rules require us to provide “competent representation” to our clients. Accordingly, my annual review includes an assessment of the changing legal landscape and the identification of continuing legal education courses that I should attend.
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Caution is warranted; scams are afoot
Susan Humiston
Sep 01, 2020
During the recession of 2008, lawyers lost jobs and suffered economic loss. Some lawyers, due to their own economic straits, poor judgment or a combination of both, found themselves embroiled in improper loan modification schemes and other debt-relief actions that were basically consumer scams. The 2020 pandemic is again creating economic havoc for lawyers and consumers.
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The Twitter breach and the dangers of social engineering
Mark Lanterman
Sep 01, 2020
The human element is what ultimately determines the strength of an organization’s security posture. No degree of compliance or security budgeting can eliminate the potential for an attack on employees or staff themselves.
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Notes & Trends –September 2020
Sep 01, 2020
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MSBA court petitions update
Sep 01, 2020
In August, the MSBA filed comments supporting a petition filed by the Legal Services Advisory Committee (LSAC) proposing a pro hac vice process and fee for out-of-state attorneys appearing in Minnesota courts.
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MSBA practicelaw conference coming next month
Sep 01, 2020
Ready to build your practice, build new connections—even build documents and apps? Join your MSBA colleagues for our virtual practicelaw conference, featuring 40+ online CLEs and sessions throughout October.
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Transition to the new Fastcase 7
Sep 01, 2020
Starting in September, users of Fastcase—the premier legal research tool that’s available free to MSBA members—began transitioning to Fastcase 7.
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Bench/bar initiative to improve legal access for low-income Minnesotans
Sep 01, 2020
The Minnesota Judicial Branch has launched a new initiative, the Civil Justice Subcommittee, charged with increasing the number of low-income and disadvantaged people receiving civil legal assistance as well as reducing barriers to access in Minnesota state courts through collaborative projects of the Judicial Branch and the MSBA.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 9th Judicial District
Aug 25, 2020
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a new vacancy occurring in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Aug 18, 2020
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced it is recommending six candidates for consideration to fill three vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 5th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Aug 18, 2020
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District.
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Minnesota Supreme Court opinions issued on July 29, 2020
Aug 04, 2020
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“Ordinary equality”
Dyan Ebert
Jul 29, 2020
August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of a historic change to the U.S. Constitution, the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
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History: The Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association
Eric W. Weber
Jul 29, 2020
From 1881 to 1920, the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association struggled to secure women’s right to vote. Its members organized marches, wrote petitions and letters, gathered signatures, gave speeches, and published pamphlets and broadsheets to force the Minnesota Legislature to recognize their right to vote. Due to their efforts, the legislature approved the 19th Amendment in 1919.
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Challenging clients in challenging times
Susan Humiston
Jul 29, 2020
Recently I was talking with Joan Bibelhausen, the executive director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and she suggested an article on a topic she knows some lawyers find particularly challenging these days: clients and boundaries. Joan approaches this topic from a wellbeing perspective; I will address it from an ethics perspective.
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Cyber risk: Is your data retention policy helping or hurting?
Mark Lanterman
Jul 29, 2020
Within the legal community, attorneys are held to a high standard when it comes to protecting client data. And one size does not fit all: It’s complicated knowing when it is appropriate to discard old client files, especially given ethical requirements and the possibility you’ll need certain case files in the future.
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Dear managing partner: The view from an associate’s desk
Lynae Tucker
Jul 29, 2020
Dear Managing Partner, If you hire me, you will set the standard of what I expect from my profession. How you prepare a case, what cases you let me work on, whether you look at the rules or rely on your memory. I am taking note. I will practice like you. Would you retain you?
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Colleague Corner: Meet Kyle Willems
Jul 29, 2020
I always had a fascination with the practice of law, but it wasn’t until I saw the movie "A Civil Action" that I knew I wanted to be a litigator. The idea of making a career out of being an advocate for others was extremely appealing.
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Notes & Trends – August 2020
Jul 29, 2020
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