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The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association

October 2021


Divorce and the Family Farm
Sonja Trom Eayrs, Jill Frieders, and D. Patrick McCullough
Oct 01, 2021
Unlike other closely held business interests, farming operations not only serve as commercial ventures but also as the family home, complicating division of the estate. Considering the longstanding ties to the land that come into play, efforts to preserve the family farm take on renewed importance in a divorce.
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  • CATEGORY
  • Rural Lawyers
  • Divorce
VLN is stepping up in response to the end of the eviction moratorium. We need your help.
Muria Kruger
Oct 01, 2021
Because the eviction moratorium was developed in part to protect our state’s most vulnerable renters, most of those needing help at the end of the moratorium will be low-income and in need of free legal services.
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  • CATEGORY
  • Pro Bono
  • Evictions
Semantic Drift – In re: Krogstad and the changing meanings of words
Kenneth Bayliss
Oct 01, 2021
The tendency of the meaning of words to change over time is known as “semantic drift.” Semantic drift is the reason that when we first read a Shakespearean play, we needed a glossary.
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  • Court Opinions
For the public good—and ours
Jennifer Thompson
Oct 01, 2021
I know that a lot of MSBA members do pro bono work. But many of us do not, and the numbers are trending in the wrong direction. There is no way around it: We need more lawyers doing pro bono work.
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  • CATEGORY
  • President's Page
Trust account overdrafts: what you need to know
SUSAN HUMISTON
Oct 01, 2021
For more than 30 years, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has administered a trust account overdraft program. In fact, Minnesota was one of the first states to implement such a program (in 1990, following the American Bar Association’s adoption of a model rule on the topic in 1988).
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  • CATEGORY
  • Professional Responsibility
Mailbag: Cybersecurity Q&A
Mark Lanterman
Oct 01, 2021
In recent months, I’ve been asked a lot of great questions regarding data privacy and best digital practices in a number of areas. So let’s devote this month’s column to answering some of those basic questions.
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  • CATEGORY
  • Technology
What do you get out of doing pro bono work?
Oct 01, 2021
I believe strongly that every attorney should provide pro bono legal services. I started doing pro bono work during law school and have continued to provide pro bono services for 20-plus years.
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  • CATEGORY
  • Colleague Corner
Next month MSBA practicelaw virtual conference
Oct 01, 2021
The practicelaw conference is happening the week of November 8-12 and costs just $45 for MSBA members.
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  • CATEGORY
  • MSBA in Action
Tubman, Civ Lit section team up
Oct 01, 2021
The MSBA Civil Litigation Section is pleased to announce that it’s sponsoring a new pro bono program in collaboration with Tubman, a multi-service organization that provides pro bono legal representation to low-income victims seeking orders for protection and harassment restraining orders.
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  • CATEGORY
  • MSBA in Action
Donate to civil legal aid before year’s end
Oct 01, 2021
Earlier this year, the Minnesota Supreme Court approved Rule 25 regarding Uniform Reporting of Pro Bono Service and Financial Contributions.
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  • MSBA in Action
Making a difference through Lawyers Step Up
Oct 01, 2021
The Lawyers Step Up initiative encourages lawyers to start or renew their pro bono practice to answer the many legal needs of the pandemic.
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  • CATEGORY
  • MSBA in Action
Notes & Trends – October 2021
Oct 01, 2021
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  • Notes & Trends
 

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