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Did you know there is more to practicelaw than just forms?  practicelaw is designed to be a repository of resources intended to help your practice.  Similarly, the MSBA’s practiceblawg is a blog for the Association to share with you how the MSBA can help you improve your efficiency and grow your practice.  The MSBA offers members a number of products and services and is always looking for ways to better serve its members and provide greater value.

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  • New partnerships, more practice tools

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 23, 2015
    The MSBA offers many practice tools and resources designed to help members practice more efficiently and successfully. This year, the Association released several major updates to some of these services, including the Directories and mndocs. In addition, the MSBA offers members discounts on a number of products and services through its Advantage program, which now includes two new relationships: Clio and Citrix ShareFile.
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  • MSBA Directories update

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 17, 2015
    The new MN Find a Lawyer and MSBA Colleague Directory launched in January. Since the launch of the new directories, over 1,000 members have added their profiles to MN Find a Lawyer, allowing potential clients to find them using a number of criteria, including practice area and geography. The directory gets over 8,000 searches each month, and offers members a great -- and free -- way to reach more potential clients.
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  • On this day...

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 15, 2015
    Perhaps you've seen something about one of the many events relating to the Magna Carta this year. (This Friday, the New Lawyers Section, along with several other organizations, is hosting an all-day summit at the Bakken Museum, for example.) On this day in 1215, King John put his seal on the Great Charter.
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  • MSBA Annual Convention underway

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 12, 2015
    The MSBA Annual Convention (formerly Nine Days in June) began yesterday in Lakeville and continues today in Brainerd. Next week the roadshow heads to Duluth, St. Cloud and Blaine, and then wraps up the following week with Rochester, Mankato and Minneapolis.
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  • A conversation on law school debt

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 09, 2015
    Hennepin County Bar Association, through its New Lawyers Section, recently released a video discussing the realities and ramifications of law school debt. The stated goal of the video is to summarize the results of a 2015 member survey but also to start a conversation about how the cost of law school is affecting this generation of lawyers and the legal profession in general
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  • Keeping up with the MSBA

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 04, 2015
    The MSBA maintains a number of social media channels as well as other publications and communications to inform members of the valuable services available.
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  • Leave the Office Earlier Day

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Jun 02, 2015
    Today, June 2, is Leave the Office Earlier Day. Never heard of it? Check out the backstory here. With the sun setting later and rain on the horizon, today is a good day to get out and enjoy the Minnesota weather.
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  • mndocs update

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 31, 2015
    After extensive research and evaluation of the existing mndocs product, the MSBA decided to move its automated document assembly program -- mndocs -- to a new cloud-based platform, HotDocs Market. The new mndocs on HotDocs Market offers much greater accessibility and functionality to members while still providing the same content and a familiar look and feel. Following the move to Market, the MSBA will be rolling out hundreds of new and updated forms, in practice areas including family law, adoption, estate planning, business law, and criminal law, with more to come.
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  • With digital security, is it possible to have too much of a good thing?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 29, 2015
    Much has been written about the need for lawyers to get serious about security. Examples abound in corporate America of data breaches and compromised systems. The ABA Model Rules now include language concerning a lawyer’s duty regarding tech competence. Past practiceblawg posts and numerous other sources have discussed the importance of two-factor authentication and secure client portals. But is there a point where social engineering and human nature eclipse computer engineering and technological innovation?
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  • Convenient and Current CLE Content

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 28, 2015
    As the 2014-2015 Bar year winds down -- or perhaps more accurately crescendos next month with the Annual Meetings throughout the state -- we look back at the more than 250 continuing education programs offered by the MSBA this year, many of which are now available On-Demand as well.
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  • Benefits of blogging

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 26, 2015
    A recent post from Perceptio identified four reasons frequent blogging can help attorneys. Adding a blog to your website, and updating your content consistently, can lead to client acquisition, increased traffic, lead generation, and improved SEO. The post also include other helpful advice, like clearly identifying your target audience and including a call to action in your posts.
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  • Myth of the digital native

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 22, 2015
    Like the Jelly of the Month Club, ABA TECHSHOW is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. The Saturday morning plenary session featured Casey Flaherty and Andrew Perlman, creators of the Legal Tech Audit. Among other topics, Flaherty sought to dispel the myth of the digital native.
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  • Exit Surveys: client says "on the internet," which means...

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 21, 2015
    You've successfully resolved your client's matter and you're hoping to get some insight about where such a lucrative referral came from, so you ask the client only to get the response "I saw you on the internet." A useful response, but it doesn't help you determine which, if any, of your marketing strategies are paying off. One way to get more insight into internet traffic is through Google Analytics.
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  • Your MN Find a Lawyer Profile

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 17, 2015
    Averaging more than 8,000 searches each month, the new MSBA directories have been searched over 36,000 times since the January 1 launch. Have you added or updated your profile?
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  • The future is now

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 15, 2015
    People are generally aware of tools like mndocs intended to increase a lawyer's efficiency and make his or her day-to-day tasks simpler or easier, but there is another class of technology out there that seeks to not only replace the routine clerical work in an attorney's practice but also some of the analytical reasoning that to-date has generally been considered to be a fundamentally human part of the process.
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  • Quick & easy way to resize photo for MN Find a Lawyer profile

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 12, 2015
    If you're one of the many members who recently got a new professional headshot at the MSBA's first headshot day last month, you may have noticed that the final image you received was high resolution, and too big to directly upload for use as your profile photo on MN Find a Lawyer. Not to fear, there are many easy ways to resize the image.
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  • Two birds, one stone

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 11, 2015
    Pro bono is defined as “[b]eing or involving uncompensated legal services performed esp. for the public good.” Rule 6.1 sets the aspirational goal for Minnesota attorneys as at least 50 hours each year. While pro bono work is good for the profession and society as a whole, and offers attorneys a way to give back to their communities, it also provides attorneys an opportunity for professional development and to gain experience.
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  • How do we protect deep thought in a distracted age?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 08, 2015
    That was the question left by the keynote speaker at this year's ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, Nick Carr. The question was posed to hundreds of attorneys but extends beyond those in attendance. Carr has written extensively on automation and culture. A common theme is that while technology is designed to remove the mundane tasks from humans freeing them up for higher level thought and allowing them to focus on more complex tasks the opposite actually seems to be true. Technology has not turned blue collar workers into philosophers and artisans but rather a society of Homer Simpsons, simply pushing buttons and letting machines handle complex tasks with little or no understanding or human interaction.
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  • Get Involved

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 06, 2015
    If you’re looking for ways to get more out of your MSBA membership or for opportunities to give back to the profession and society, the MSBA’s new Volunteer & Get Involved page is a great place to start. Updated frequently, the Get Involved page identifies different opportunities available to members who want to volunteer their time and expertise.
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  • Can you pass the Legal Tech Audit?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 04, 2015
    The Legal Tech Audit is a way for lawyers to demonstrate their technical competence, but it is also a way for clients to ensure their lawyers understand basic technology and are not billing for inefficient processes. Casey Flaherty, creator and former in-house counsel at Kia Motors, reduced bills by seventeen percent in one year.
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