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The Trouble with  Eyewitness Testimony: Toward a model jury instruction on witness accounts

This article describes the current jury instruction used in Minnesota, its origins, and recent attempts by Minnesota courts to address this issue. It identifies factors not included in Minnesota’s jury instruction that may be helpful in weighing the credibility of a testifying eyewitness, and offers a sample jury instruction that addresses those factors. BY JULIE JONAS, JEVON BINDMAN, AND DAVID HERR




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Healthy Lawyers Are Productive Lawyers: The business case for promoting lawyer well-being

Lawyers who are impaired—whether because of substance use, diagnosed mental health issues, or simply garden-variety stress—are more likely to commit legal malpractice or violate ethical rules. BY PATTY BECK AND ALICE M. SHERREN



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Workers' Compensation for Medical Marijuana? Not So Fast.

Think MDOLI has settled the issue? Think again.
In this article, we will first address the federal landscape, under which marijuana—even medical marijuana—is illegal for any purpose except for federal government-approved research. Second, we will discuss the impact of Minnesota’s 2014 medical marijuana amendment. Third, we will explain why MDOLI did not intend to—and did not actually—make medical marijuana reimbursable through the WCA. BY SUE CONLEY AND JEFF MARKOWITZ



President's Page by Tom Nelson
20/20 Foresight

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.

Professional Responsibility by Susan Humiston
Ethical fee agreements

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.

Law & Technology by Mark Lanterman
Beyond compliance: Effective security training

The importance of education and training in striving for the best possible cybersecurity outcomes can’t be overestimated.

MSBA in Action
Keeping the Fire Going

MSBA North Star Lawyers talk about pro bono service, commitment, and practice

Colleague Corner: Meet Sarah Soucie Eyberg
'There is incredible value in membership'
Sarah is a 2011 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. The winner of the MSBA New Lawyers Section 2018-19 Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award, Sarah practices Social Security disability law as a solo practitioner.


 

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