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Law & Technology by Mark Lanterman
Cybersecurity in pandemic times

As we continue to manage this novel threat, maintaining organizational security while accommodating high volumes of remote work is imperative.

Business continuity and coronavirus planning

Even if your organization lacks a robust business continuity or continuity of operations plan, following some of these steps should help you get started. You will want to consider your people, processes, and technology in these steps. Doing something in preparation is better than doing nothing.

March 2020


Thinking Outside the Black Box

Reimagining attorney compensation for the 21st Century. Firms should consider whether a change in the transparency of compensation might benefit them in reaching their goals. If retaining younger lawyers and forging a connected culture are important, then more transparency may prove useful. BY PAUL FLOYD AND NICK RYAN


Minneapolis’s Great Experiment

An introduction to the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis is now engaged in the most ambitious urban planning experiment in American history—at once hailed as a promising step to combat rising housing expenses and decried as bulldozing the idyllic American neighborhood. Regardless of sentiment, on January 1, 2020, Minneapolis rezoned approximately 70 percent of its land area in one fell swoop. BY STEVEN P. KATKOV AND JON SCHOENWETTER


BLE holds hearing on admission of foreign-trained lawyers

On February 5, 2020, the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners conducted a public hearing to discuss the issue of admitting lawyers with foreign legal education. BY EMILY ESCHWEILER

President's Page by Tom Nelson
Access To Justice (And Dignity)

Our scales of justice are out of balance when it comes to the unmet civil legal needs of those amongst us of no, low, or modest means. The numbers aren’t working. We’re doing a lot, but it isn’t enough. Where can we get the necessary additional resources?

Professional Responsibility by Susan Humiston
2019 private discipline

In 2019 the Director’s Office closed 107 complaints with admonitions—a form of private discipline issued for violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) that are isolated and nonserious.

Law & Technology by Mark Lanterman
Doxxing made easy: social media

Doxxing, the process by which personal information is gathered online—often with the intent to maliciously disseminate it—can start with a cybercriminal reviewing a target’s social media pages.

Colleague Corner: Meet Blair Harrington
'A member of a team and part of a community'
As the New Lawyers Section chair and an MSBA council member, I have been a member of a team and part of a community. These roles have also given me the opportunity to expand my leadership skills and interact with attorneys at different stages of their legal careers.

The Case for MDL Reform: Addressing the flaws in a critical system
The Multidistrict litigation (MDL) mechanism is highly utilized by litigants in the 21st century, but flaws in the system have been exposed. This article explores (1) a brief history of MDLs and their purpose; (2) the MDL system’s ailments; and (3) suggested paths to reform.


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