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Beyond compliance: Effective security training
Mark Lanterman
Dec 30, 2019
The importance of education and training in striving for the best possible cybersecurity outcomes can’t be overestimated.
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Ethical fee agreements
SUSAN HUMISTON
Dec 30, 2019
The start of a new year is a good time to dust off your standard fee agreement to ensure it complies with the ethics rules. Every year attorneys receive discipline for noncompliant fee agreements. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen to you in 2020.
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Keeping the Fire Going
Dec 30, 2019
MSBA North Star Lawyers talk about pro bono service, commitment, and practice
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20/20 Foresight
Tom Nelson
Dec 30, 2019
You’re right, of course, those numbers (20/20) often accompany the term “hindsight.” So here’s a brief look back, and a longer look forward.
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Notes & Trends – January 2020
Dec 30, 2019
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Letter to the editor: "When Rules Get in the Way of Reason" by Justice Paul Thissen
Dec 19, 2019
I appreciated Justice Thissen’s article ("When Rules Get in the Way of Reason," Bench & Bar Nov. 2019) on principles and methods of statutory construction. I, too, am concerned about overly mechanical – or in some cases, pseudo-plain-text – interpretations of statutory language. Justice Thissen aptly points out that when competing interpretations of a statute assert themselves as “plain meaning” interpretations – a competition found in published opinions as well as parties’ briefs and memoranda – something is amiss.
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Walz announces appointment of tax court judge
Dec 17, 2019
Governor Tim Walz announced that Jane Bowman, formerly known as Jane Holzer, has been appointed as the next Judge at the Minnesota Tax Court.
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Commission on Judicial Selection announces vacancy in the 9th Judicial District
Dec 03, 2019
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Pro Bono Publico
TOM NELSON
Dec 01, 2019
Rule 6.1 says: “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay.” “[A]t least 50 hours” per year. “In addition,” the Rule says that we should “voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means."
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Your ethical duty of supervision
SUSAN HUMISTON
Dec 01, 2019
Attorneys sometimes supervise other attorneys and frequently supervise non-attorney staff. While professional ethics certainly govern your personal behavior and choices, the rules also place upon you specific duties related to the ethical conduct of others.
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Doxxing redux: The trouble with opting out
MARK LANTERMAN
Dec 01, 2019
Doxxing is generally understood as the buying, selling, gathering, or other sharing of personal information online, often with malicious intent. With this private information in hand, individuals can threaten, stalk, harass, or damage the reputations of others.
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Start now, law students: Narrow your legal interests early
SCOTT ANDREW FULKS
Dec 01, 2019
Between bar festivities, informal coffees, social gatherings, and legal internships, a typical law student holds hundreds of brief, but potentially memorable, conversations throughout the three arduous years of school. There is a world of difference between meeting an indistinguishable law student and the next white-collar criminal defense attorney or an aspiring IP lawyer.
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'I found it natural to seek out appellate work'
Dec 01, 2019
What I’ve appreciated most about my bar involvement is the community it has introduced me to. I’m inclined to be a bit of an academic who sits in his office and reads and thinks and writes. Through the Appellate Section of the MSBA, however, I was introduced to the state’s appellate bar and bench and became part of their collegial community.
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Notes & Trends – December 2019
Dec 01, 2019
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It’s North Star Lawyer certification time again
Nov 26, 2019
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BLE seeks comment on foreign-educated lawyer petition
Nov 26, 2019
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Commission on Judicial Selection announces vacancy in the 3rd Judicial District
Nov 26, 2019
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s 3rd Judicial District.
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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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