Bench & Bar of Minnesota

The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association


Third child. First real parental leave. What’s wrong with this picture?

Why Minnesota should join the ranks of states making it easier for lawyers to take parental leave. Despite parental leave becoming increasingly commonplace, legal practice poses significant challenges to lawyers welcoming a new child. Even where individual firms commit to policies that support new-parent attorneys, other professional demands make taking advantage of these policies daunting. BY MICHAEL P. BOULETTE


eDiscovery without the endless battles

What you need to know about electronic documents to keep your client and yourself out of trouble. If sophisticated companies have trouble handling electronic documents in litigation, how are we—persons trained as lawyers but rarely in computer science—to fulfill our discovery obligations and protect our clients form the risks inherent in the preservation, collection, and production of electronic documents in discovery? BY TOM TINKHAM & KATE JOHNSON


Minnesota needs more foreign-trained lawyers

The business case for making it easier to license attorneys trained outside the U.S. in MinnesotaWhat if I told you that progressive Minnesota is a restrictive jurisdiction for foreign-trained lawyers? It’s true: Foreign-trained lawyers like myself were required to go to law school all over again. Our legal education, training, and experience abroad are worth very little according to the current Minnesota bar admission rules. BY INTI MARTÍNEZ-ALEMÁN

Severe or Pervasive: Just how bad does sexual harassment have to be in order to be actionable?

An in-depth review of sex harassment case law: Viewed historically, the case law in the area of harassment in general, and sexual harassment in particular, has seemed to trend from pro-employee to pro-employer. The developments in the past several years show that the pendulum has swung quite emphatically toward the employer. BY SHEILA ENGELMEIER AND HEATHER TABERY

President's Page by Tom Nelson
Our Duluth Lynchings

This coming June 15—100 years later to the day—in a deliberate act of remembrance and with a community-wide commitment to learning and hope, we will gather in Duluth to mark these murders and to move forward together. 

Professional Responsibility by Susan Humiston
Public discipline in 2019

Thirty-five attorneys received discipline in 2019. Public discipline is imposed not to punish the attorney, but to protect the public, the profession, and the judicial system, and to deter misconduct by the attorney and others.

Law & Technology by Mark Lanterman
Taking responsibility for your cybersecurity

When it comes to our digital age and its expansive impact on the way we conduct our lives, it is ultimately the responsibility of each entity (really, each individual) to protect themselves and take a proactive approach to their security.

Colleague Corner: Meet Nora Huxtable
'A career in the law seemed perfect'
There’s a saying that your career should be the confluence of your passion, your skillset, the needs of the world, and earning enough to live. When I contemplated my options, a career in the law seemed perfect.


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