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Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancy in the 9th Judicial District
Jun 10, 2019
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Kurt J. Marben and will be chambered at Mahnomen in Mahnomen County.
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Meet Jessie Nicholson: 'Never forget where you came from'
May 28, 2019
JESSIE NICHOLSON has served as the chief executive officer of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) since 2007 after having been employed as a staff attorney in various practice areas and in an administrative capacity under SMRLS’s pioneer director, Bruce Beneke. She has devoted her entire legal career, since 1985, in service to the disadvantaged in addressing their critical civil legal needs.
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Eminent Domain: Damages to contiguous tracts in Minnesota
BENJAMIN TOZER
May 28, 2019
Eminent domain is an “awesome” power: the ability of the state, or its delegates, to take an individual’s property without that individual’s consent. Under the United States and Minnesota Constitutions, that “awesome” power comes with a corresponding responsibility: to pay “just compensation” to the owner of the property.
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“Papers and effects” in a digital age, pt II
Mark Lanterman & Judge James Rosenbaum
May 28, 2019
Modern information technologies are testing the United States Constitution’s protection against government intrusion. In our article “‘Papers and effects’ in a digital age,” published here in January 2019, we looked at the impact of smartphones and the challenges they pose for search warrants and government investigators.
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Business transactions with clients
SUSAN HUMISTON
May 28, 2019
Lawyers frequently have an opportunity to do business with clients beyond the straightforward monetary payment for legal services rendered. Sometimes clients wish to offer their lawyer an ownership interest in a start-up business as payment for some or all of the legal services provided, or lawyers wish to acquire an interest in property owned by the client to secure payment for future legal fees.
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Affordable employer-provided health insurance, anyone?
May 28, 2019
Developing an association health plan (AHP) will allow smaller employers to obtain coverage on terms similar to those currently available only to large employers.
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Welcome, new lawyers!
May 28, 2019
Congratulations to the 75 new lawyers granted admission to the Minnesota bar during a series of swearing-in ceremonies held in the Supreme Court Chambers at the Minnesota State Capitol Building on May 10.
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2019 Becker Award winners announced
May 28, 2019
The Access to Justice Committee has conferred its annual Bernard P. Becker honors for outstanding legal work for low-income clients.
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Court rules on MSBA petition to amend MRPC
May 28, 2019
On May 3, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order in response to an MSBA petition proposing amendments to rules 1.6 and 5.5 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.
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It was a very good year
Paul Godfrey
May 28, 2019
During the years leading up to my time as president of the MSBA, several people asked me to describe my plan for the year. Since I wasn’t sure, and, because I knew from talking to past presidents that any plan can be derailed by events, I told them I needed to wait and see. As my term approached, events dictated my plan
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Notes & Trends – May/June 2019
May 28, 2019
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Release: Walz, Flanagan announce application process for chief admin law judge of the OAH
May 10, 2019
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the commencement of an application process for the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings.
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Letter to the Editor: Gender Violence II
May 07, 2019
As lawyers, we are noted for our logical acumen. Employing logic when making professional arguments or crafting our work is our baseline. So, I was more than dismayed to read in your publication an article titled: “Beyond the Binary: Practical Advice for Using Gender Pronouns”.
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Release: Walz, Flanagan Announce Appointment to Fill Ninth Judicial District Vacancy
Apr 30, 2019
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Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancy in the First Judicial District
Apr 19, 2019
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Martha M. Simonett and will be chambered at LeCenter in Le Sueur County.
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Ethical "of counsel" associations
SUSAN HUMISTON
Apr 03, 2019
Based on several recent calls to our ethics hotline, it appears that many Minnesota attorneys are interested in understanding the ethics rules involved when “associating” with another lawyer or law firm as a means to grow a practice or expand the legal services available to clients.
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Security considerations for law firm data governance
MARK LANTERMAN
Apr 03, 2019
The legal community deals with a huge amount of data. Legal strategies, client communications, research, e-discovery, documentation, billing, personal information about clients—the list of data types with which law firms are entrusted every day is continuously growing.
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Meet Sumbal Mahmud: 'My bar group friends are always the most supportive'
Apr 03, 2019
When I was young, I thought lawyers went around and saved the world or something. I had a passion for and happened to excel in speech, debate, and mock trial. One of my most treasured mementoes from high school is an award I received from the MSBA Mock Trial program.
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One Profession a hit in Bemidji
Apr 03, 2019
Nearly 100 lawyers, judges, and state and local bar leaders gathered in Bemidji (9th Judicial District) on March 22 for the MSBA’s One Profession event.
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MSBA legislative update
Apr 03, 2019
The MSBA is pursuing legislative initiatives to tackle two scenarios in which it can be hard to get needed legal help.
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