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The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association

December 2020


Holiday season self-care in the pandemic era
Joan Bibelhausen
Dec 01, 2020
Have you caught yourself beginning to plan for holiday meals, gifts, and traditions, only to stop short? It’s not uncommon to focus on the meaning of our holidays and traditions only when we fall exhausted into the holiday world we endeavored to create. This year? We need to find new ways to observe what matters to us, cope, and perhaps even thrive.
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Stress is what you think: The importance of a clear mind
Senior Judge Susan R. Miles
Dec 01, 2020
Cultivating present, non-judgmental awareness of our thoughts, also known as mindfulness, begins with examining our perceptions of stressors. Through mindfulness informed by meditation, we can learn to recognize, both cognitively and somatically, thoughts and perceptions of stress as they arise.
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Conciliation court: A valuable tool for litigators
NICHOLAS J. SIDERAS
Dec 01, 2020
Conciliation court represents a valuable avenue for clients that sometimes is overlooked. In Minnesota, conciliation courts have broad jurisdiction over a substantial ambit of civil cases when the damages are $15,000 or less. This article walks through the conciliation court process and addresses the advantages and disadvantages that attorneys should consider when advising clients.
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Your best client
Dyan Ebert
Dec 01, 2020
The advice I give to my clients about taking care of themselves is good advice for me as well. I need to be at my best, physically and mentally, in order to provide good service to my clients and to honor the professional oath I took so many years ago.
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Safekeeping client property (including filing fees)
SUSAN HUMISTON
Dec 01, 2020
Safekeeping client or third-party property related to a representation is a fundamental ethics obligation. Lately several cases have crossed my desk involving failure to properly handle client money.
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Deciding when to use technology-assisted review
MARK LANTERMAN
Dec 01, 2020
Amid the increasing use of artificial intelligence, I am frequently asked about predictive coding, a form of technology-assisted review (TAR), and its applications—when to use it, its value as a tool, and its potential pitfalls, among others.
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The Conciliation Court Conundrum
Courtney Ernston
Dec 01, 2020
Conciliation court offers a dispute resolution process for people pursuing small claims without forcing them to hire an attorney, spend countless hours doing discovery, present legal arguments, or become familiar with the rules. But what these courts lack in formality, they unfortunately also lack in procedural consistency.
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Colleague Corner: Meet Pamela Steinle
Dec 01, 2020
Steinle opened Steinle Law PLLC in her childhood home in south-central Minnesota on January 1, 2020, with an emphasis on estates, businesses, and barns.
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Poems for Lawyers and Other Citizens
BILL CARPENTER
Dec 01, 2020
A review of In Code, a new collection of poems about law and public affairs by award-winning St. Paul poet Maryann Corbett--who is also a recently retired 35-year veteran of the Revisor of Statutes office at the Minnesota Legislature.
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Lanham Act disgorgement just got more complicated
KYLE R. KROLL
Dec 01, 2020
In Romag v. Fossil, the Supreme Court recently decided a circuit split over one of the Lanham Act’s most potent remedies: disgorgement of the defendant’s profits.
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Notes & Trends – December 2020
Dec 01, 2020
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Association Health Plan update
Dec 01, 2020
Have you made your benefit selections for next year? If not, consider the new MSBA Association Health Plan (AHP), available to MSBA attorneys and their staffs.
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