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A Letter from President Tom Nelson: The MSBA—a Great Idea and a Good Deal
Nov 15, 2019
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Our Vote, Our Voice, Our Choice
Tom Nelson
Nov 04, 2019
A year from now, we will have the opportunity, and the obligation, to cast our vote in the 2020 elections. They will no doubt be hard fought, perhaps even seriously wrought.
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Welcome new lawyers!
Nov 04, 2019
On October 25 MSBA officials and staff were on hand to welcome 401 new Minnesota lawyers to the profession during admission ceremonies at the State Capitol sponsored by the Minnesota Supreme Court and the MSBA.
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Clarification
Nov 04, 2019
Following the publication of Janel Dressen’s article on the Lund v. Lund shareholder litigation (“Don’t Be the Next Lunds & Byerlys,” May/June 2019), Steve Wells and Jaime Stilson (the Dorsey & Whitney attorneys who represented the Lund defendants) contacted Bench & Bar to request a clarification.
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Withdrawing as counsel (ethically)
SUSAN HUMISTON
Nov 04, 2019
How to ethically withdraw as counsel is the third most frequently asked question on our advisory opinion/ethics hotline. Annually, hundreds of Minnesota attorneys seek advice on whether and how they may terminate a particular lawyer-client relationship.
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Proportionality and digital evidence
MARK LANTERMAN
Nov 04, 2019
Proportionality is a major consideration during the course of discovery, as the court guards against overly expensive and/or burdensome productions in relation to what is at stake in the case. In this article, I will refer specifically to e-discovery and digital forensic productions.
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iRecorded a private conversation: Call recording and the law
RACHEL D. ZAIGER
Nov 04, 2019
The federal wiretapping law is known as a “one-party consent” law. If a client is a party to the conversation, the client—and the client alone—can lawfully be the party to consent to the recording, without notifying the other party to the conversation.
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Meet Nysha Cornelius: 'I wanted to help people like my mother'
Nov 04, 2019
NYSHA CORNELIUS places a special focus on helping clients facing deportation and removal—immigration trials, deportation appeals, and other complex immigration matters. Her work in immigration law also touches heavily on the areas of family and criminal law.
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Notes & Trends – November 2019
Nov 04, 2019
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Commission on Judicial Selection announces vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District
Nov 01, 2019
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection announces vacancies in the 1st Judicial District
Nov 01, 2019
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that two judgeship vacancies are occurring in Minnesota’s 1st Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz Reappoints the Hon. Edward Cleary as chief judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Oct 15, 2019
Governor Tim Walz announced the reappointment of the Honorable Edward Cleary as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Cleary will continue to serve as the Chief Judge until his retirement on April 30, 2020, which he announced earlier today.
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Gov. Walz appoints the Hon. Jeffrey Bryan and Susan Segal to fill vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Oct 09, 2019
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointments of the Honorable Jeffrey Bryan and Susan Segal as judges on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Notes & Trends – October 2019
Oct 02, 2019
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AI and its impact on law firm cybersecurity
MARK LANTERMAN
Oct 02, 2019
The rise of artificial intelligence has a number of implications within the legal community. Apart from its impact on operational tasks and its potential for increasing efficiency, AI will likely feature as an element of in-house cybersecurity policies and practices.
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Practicing law without liability insurance
SUSAN HUMISTON
Oct 02, 2019
I recently fielded a question from a trial court judge asking if it was ethical to engage in private practice in Minnesota without malpractice insurance. The answer: yes. The questioner was a bit incredulous at the answer—as I admit I was before taking this job. I always assumed that everyone in private practice carried malpractice insurance. Sure, government lawyers probably did not, and I could see where in-house counsel did not need insurance, but of course everyone else was required to carry insurance, right? Nope.
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Domestic Violence
Tom Nelson
Oct 02, 2019
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So, at a minimum, let’s be aware. Knowledge, after all, is said to be power. Let’s also beware of believing that awareness is enough. It’s not. We should support those who take action against this plague; and we should find avenues for action. Not just for a single month, but as part of our ongoing consciousness.
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Attention North Star Lawyers
Oct 02, 2019
This month the MSBA celebrates Pro Bono Week (October 21-25, 2019), putting a focus on the important work of pro bono attorneys in Minnesota. It’s also a good time for MSBA members to review their pro bono hours for the year in preparation for North Star Lawyers certification.
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Upcoming MSBA Certification events
Oct 02, 2019
The MSBA’s Certification Program will be offering four certification exams in the upcoming months.
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Have you noticed a change in Fastcase?
Oct 02, 2019
The MSBA and Fastcase recently rolled out the new Fastcase 7 interface as the default user experience for MSBA members.
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