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The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association

September 2020


Toward Equality: Bostock v. Clayton County and the future of the MHRA
Laura Farley
Sep 01, 2020
The Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock is a massive win for civil rights, and it should encourage Minnesota to take another step toward equality by amending the MHRA.
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  • Civil Rights
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Force Majeure Hitz Home, Excuses Rent Obligation
George H. Singer
Sep 01, 2020
Courts issue first decisions applying a force majeure clause to excuse a commercial tenant’s rental obligations in the wake of covid-19.
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  • COVID-19
Update: Covid-19 Liability Legislation
Courtney Ernston
Sep 01, 2020
Several states have taken action, either through their legislatures or via executive order, to quell lawsuits arising from any potential exposure to covid-19 as a result of physical presence at a business. Minnesota is one of 12 states with legislation pending.
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Assess, reflect, renew
Dyan Ebert
Sep 01, 2020
As attorneys we all know that ongoing education is extremely important. Our professional rules require us to provide “competent representation” to our clients. Accordingly, my annual review includes an assessment of the changing legal landscape and the identification of continuing legal education courses that I should attend.
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Caution is warranted; scams are afoot
Susan Humiston
Sep 01, 2020
During the recession of 2008, lawyers lost jobs and suffered economic loss. Some lawyers, due to their own economic straits, poor judgment or a combination of both, found themselves embroiled in improper loan modification schemes and other debt-relief actions that were basically consumer scams. The 2020 pandemic is again creating economic havoc for lawyers and consumers.
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  • Professional Responsibility
The Twitter breach and the dangers of social engineering
Mark Lanterman
Sep 01, 2020
The human element is what ultimately determines the strength of an organization’s security posture. No degree of compliance or security budgeting can eliminate the potential for an attack on employees or staff themselves.
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  • Technology
Notes & Trends –September 2020
Sep 01, 2020
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MSBA court petitions update
Sep 01, 2020
In August, the MSBA filed comments supporting a petition filed by the Legal Services Advisory Committee (LSAC) proposing a pro hac vice process and fee for out-of-state attorneys appearing in Minnesota courts.
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MSBA practicelaw conference coming next month
Sep 01, 2020
Ready to build your practice, build new connections—even build documents and apps? Join your MSBA colleagues for our virtual practicelaw conference, featuring 40+ online CLEs and sessions throughout October.
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Transition to the new Fastcase 7
Sep 01, 2020
Starting in September, users of Fastcase—the premier legal research tool that’s available free to MSBA members—began transitioning to Fastcase 7.
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Bench/bar initiative to improve legal access for low-income Minnesotans
Sep 01, 2020
The Minnesota Judicial Branch has launched a new initiative, the Civil Justice Subcommittee, charged with increasing the number of low-income and disadvantaged people receiving civil legal assistance as well as reducing barriers to access in Minnesota state courts through collaborative projects of the Judicial Branch and the MSBA.
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