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When Rules Get in the Way of Reason

One judge’s view of legislative interpretation
The job of a judge when interpreting statutes is straightforward: “ascertain and effectuate the intention of the legislature.” As a former legislator, however, I am chastened to admit that the Legislature does not always make that job easy and, for a variety of reasons, too often makes that task quite difficult. So what is a judge to do?  BY JUSTICE PAUL THISSEN


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Understanding pet custody law

Trends in animal law jurisprudence
It is well-known that about 67 percent of U.S. households have pets, and expenditures on them exceed $72 billion per year. Following Hurricane Katrina, according to one poll, 93 percent of pet owners claimed they would risk their lives for their pets. BY BARBARA J. GISLASON




Legal Aid Infographic

Where does legal aid funding come from?
Legal aid makes a real and lasting impact on the lives of those they serve, stabilizing families and preventing legal problems from escalating.

The Extra Mile

Meet seven Minnesota attorneys who donate to legal aid causes
The legal community can play a strong role in leveling the playing field for Minnesotans needing legal help.

All Parks Alliance for Change fights the good fight

Meet one of the 2019 Minnesota State Bar Foundation grant recipients
Leases in trailer parks work very differently than tenancy in apartment buildings. Park residency is not at-will. If a resident’s lease ends, they can decline to sign a new lease and continue to rent the lot their manufactured home sits on until the park owner has one (of eight) predetermined “good causes” to evict. BY ATHENA HOLLINS AND AMANDA IDINGE


President's Page by Tom Nelson
Our Vote, Our Voice, Our Choice

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.

Professional Responsibility by Susan Humiston
Withdrawing as counsel (ethically)

How to ethically withdraw as counsel is the third most frequently asked question on our advisory opinion/ethics hotline. Annually, hundreds of Minnesota attorneys seek advice on whether and how they may terminate a particular lawyer-client relationship.

Law & Technology by Mark Lanterman
Proportionality and digital evidence

Proportionality is a major consideration during the course of discovery, as the court guards against overly expensive and/or burdensome productions in relation to what is at stake in the case. In this article, I will refer specifically to e-discovery and digital forensic productions.

New Laweyrs by Rachel D. Zaiger
iRecorded a private conversation: Call recording and the law

Proportionality is a major consideration during the course of discovery, as the court guards against overly expensive and/or burdensome productions in relation to what is at stake in the case. In this article, I will refer specifically to e-discovery and digital forensic productions.

Colleague Corner
Meet Nysha Cornelius: 'I wanted to help people like my mother'

Nysha Cornelius places a special focus on helping clients facing deportation and removal—immigration trials, deportation appeals, and other complex immigration matters. Her work in immigration law also touches heavily on the areas of family and criminal law.

MSBA in Action
Welcome new lawyers!

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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