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Gov. Walz appoints Charles Webber to fill 1st Judicial District vacancy
Apr 07, 2021
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan announced the appointment of Charles Webber as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Apr 05, 2021
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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A big step for attorney wellness
Dyan Ebert
Apr 05, 2021
The unmistakable disparity in childcare commitments that exists between women and men in the legal profession is precisely why the work of the MSBA’s Parental Leave Working Group is so vital.
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Lawyers urged to 'Step Up for Minnesota'
Apr 05, 2021
The Minnesota Judicial Branch, Minnesota State Bar Association, and legal aid programs recently launched the one-year “Lawyers Step Up for Minnesota” campaign to help fellow Minnesotans with acute legal needs in housing, family safety, and consumer protection.
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Required pro bono reporting to begin in 2022
Apr 05, 2021
The MSBA will work with the Lawyer Registration Office and the Court to provide more complete information to its members and the bar about the reporting obligation prior to the effective date.
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Avoiding ethics complaints
Susan Humiston
Apr 05, 2021
Annually we receive one complaint for every 25 lawyers in the state, and most complaints do not result in discipline. Those are good odds. And there is much you can do to further reduce your chance of receiving a complaint and, if you do receive a complaint, of being disciplined.
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Geofence warrants: The battle is just beginning
MARK LANTERMAN
Apr 05, 2021
With a judge’s approval, geofence warrants essentially allow law enforcement to obtain information on anyone who was in a particular area at a particular time.
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Three ways to improve your brief
Eliot T. Tracz
Apr 05, 2021
Brief writing is a critical skill for lawyers. Motions are won or lost on the strength of a brief, yet many briefs miss important opportunities to persuade the court to rule favorably.
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Colleague Corner: Meet Michael Fondungallah
Apr 05, 2021
Michael Fondungallah, a native of Cameroon, received a bachelor’s degree in law and a graduate degree in business law from the University of Yaounde. After migrating to the United States in the 1990s, he earned his JD from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2001. His practice is focused on immigration and employment law.
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Notes & Trends April 2021
Apr 05, 2021
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MSBA President Dyan Ebert, in consultation with the MSBA Fair Response Committee, has issued this statement on the Minnesota Supreme Court's decision in State of MN v. Khalil
Mar 30, 2021
On March 24, 2021, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued the unanimous decision, authored by Associate Justice Paul Thissen, in State of Minnesota v. Khalil, in which the Court determined that for purposes of felony third degree criminal sexual conduct the statutory definition of “mentally incapacitated” in Minn. Stat. §609.341, subd. 7 (2020) did not include circumstances where an individual voluntarily ingested alcohol and became intoxicated before being sexually assaulted.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 6th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Mar 26, 2021
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending six candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Mar 18, 2021
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Notice to Greater Minnesota members: Call for nominations for MSBA secretary and Greater MN council representative
Mar 16, 2021
We are now accepting applications for two major leadership positions at the MSBA. We will be selecting a candidate for the position of MSBA Secretary and for the Greater MN Council Representative.
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Walz, Flanagan seek applicants for two vacancies on the Commission on Judicial Selection
Mar 16, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced two vacancies on the Commission on Judicial Selection. The vacancies are in the Seventh and Ninth Judicial Districts.
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Hennepin/Ramsey civil mock jury trial project announced for March 26
Mar 09, 2021
Civil judges and court staff in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties are collaborating with civil lawyers, experts, and jurors to present a civil mock jury trial that is designed to test remote court technology and lawyer advocacy.
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Gov. Walz appoints Francis Green to fill 10th Judicial District vacancy
Mar 05, 2021
overnor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Francis Green as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Defending the rule of law
Dyan Ebert
Mar 01, 2021
The events of the last year have taught me that the most important leadership role that a lawyer has in our society does not bring with it a formal title or appointment. The most important professional obligation we have is to defend the rule of law.
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Private discipline in 2020
Susan Humiston
Mar 01, 2021
In 2020 the Director’s Office closed 82 complaints with admonitions—a form of private discipline issued for violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct that are isolated and nonserious. Another 20 complaints were closed with private probation, a stipulated form of private discipline approved by the Lawyers Board chair.
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Ransomware and federal sanctions
MARK LANTERMAN
Mar 01, 2021
Given the increased reliance on remote work capabilities in 2020, ransomware attacks abounded. This added threat led the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to issue an advisory in October detailing the additional compliance risks associated with paying ransoms.
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