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July 2020


The Urgency of Sleep and Well-Being
Robin Wolpert
Jul 06, 2020
We are supposed to spend about a third of our day sleeping. If you see this as a waste of time, you might change your mind if you knew what was happening while you sleep.
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Succession planning and covid-19: It’s now or (possibly) never
Roy S. Ginsburg
Jul 06, 2020
The covid-19 pandemic is a red alert for elderly solo and small law firm owners to put a succession plan in place if they haven’t already done so. Unpalatable and difficult as it may be, it’s time for practicing lawyers in their 60s or 70s to acknowledge their mortality and forge a plan.
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Not so Fast: Termination of Sales Rep Agreements Under Minnesota Law
V. John Ella
Jul 06, 2020
The concept that state laws can override commercial contracts may come as a surprise, but these laws have survived constitutional challenges.
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Gov. Walz appoints Kellie Charles, Edward Sheu to Fill 2nd Judicial District vacancies
Jul 06, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz announced the appointment of Kellie Charles and Edward Sheu as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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MSBA President 2020-21 Dyan Ebert: Steady as She Goes
Amy Lindgren
Jul 01, 2020
If you’ve had occasion to ask Dyan Ebert what she’s planning for her year as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, you may have heard something like this: “I don’t have one specific thing that I want to get done. I am trying to go into this with the old adage, ‘Do no harm.’”
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The Big Question: Back to the Office?
Brett Larson and Jeremy Warring
Jul 01, 2020
How to weigh your firm’s—and your clients’—options and mitigate legal risk. As businesses and their leaders navigate these unprecedented times, we face novel decisions that will likely impact our businesses and our employees both in the short term and for years to come.
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A time of new perspectives
Dyan Ebert
Jul 01, 2020
Over the last several months we have all had to make significant changes in our lives and our practices. These changes, while difficult and often inconvenient, have also afforded us an opportunity to look at things from different perspectives.
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The Business Interruption Pandemic
Patrick Larkin, Brandon Meshbesher, Eric Steinhoff, and Rick Lind
Jul 01, 2020
​Claims for business interruption loss coverage in the wake of covid-19. The economic loss caused by the covid-19 pandemic is and will continue to be devastating to many businesses
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Prospective clients and the ethics rules
SUSAN HUMISTON
Jul 01, 2020
Rule 1.18, Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, addresses duties to “prospective clients:” individuals who consult with a lawyer about the possibility of forming an attorney-client relationship.
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Cyber riots and hacktivism
Mark Lanterman
Jul 01, 2020
‘Hacktivism’ can be defined as acts of cybercrime motivated by political or social causes.
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Ethics Wake-Up Calls for Supervisory Responsibilities
WILLIAM J. WERNZ
Jul 01, 2020
Who in your law firm is responsible for adopting and updating policies and procedures on legal ethics matters? Who is responsible for training lawyers and staff on these matters? What are the areas of law firm operation that are important for ethics scrutiny? Lawyers who manage law firms and law offices should be asking these questions.
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Child Safety First: Understanding Minnesota’s mandatory and voluntary reporting requirements involving child abuse and neglect
James C. Backstrom
Jul 01, 2020
There is a role for everyone in ensuring that our children are as safe and secure as possible. As a career prosecutor, I can tell you that far too many children are abused and neglected each year in our state and nation.
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2020 Minnesota legislative session recap
Bryan Lake
Jul 01, 2020
With the onset of the pandemic, what had been a relatively routine legislative session suddenly became uniquely difficult.
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Saluting MSBA Award winners
Jun 30, 2020
This month we congratulate the winners of several annual MSBA awards, recognized at the recent MSBA Virtual Convention.
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Saluting our North Star Lawyers
Jun 30, 2020
The Minnesota State Bar Association is tremendously proud of our members who render free legal services to low-income persons.
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Court recognizes top pro bono efforts
Jun 30, 2020
The Pro Bono Council of the MSBA Access to Justice Committee annually coordinates with the Minnesota Supreme Court to recognize outstanding pro bono volunteer service in the prior calendar year.
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Notes & Trends – July 2020
Jun 30, 2020
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