Bench & Bar of Minnesota

Bench + Bar of Minnesota


The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association

Deepfakes, AI, and digital evidence
Mark Lanterman
Oct 13, 2023
With the ever-expanding prevalence of artificial intelligence, I’m sure that most of us have seen at least a few types of “deepfakes.” Elvis Presley singing the latest top hits. Albert Einstein answering viewers’ questions about life.
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Public access, private lives
Michael P. Boulette, Seungwon R. Chung, and Abby N. Sunberg
Aug 02, 2023
In Minnesota most divorce records are public documents, accessible to anyone with an internet connection. That’s a problem.
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Notes & Trends – August 2023
Aug 02, 2023
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Minnesota reforms law to ban (almost) all noncompete agreements
George H. Singer
Aug 02, 2023
This year Minnesota became the first state in 100 years to ban the widely used but controversial agreements.
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Minnesota endorses nonsolicitation agreements
V. John Ella
Aug 02, 2023
With noncompetes a thing of the past, time to get familiar with nonsolicitation agreements.
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MEPA at 50
MICHAEL DAMASCO
Aug 02, 2023
Refocusing the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act through an environmental justice lens
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Prosecuting War Crimes in Ukraine
ELLEN J. KENNEDY
Aug 02, 2023
The worst crimes in the world are known as the four core international crimes: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression. Although these terms are used widely in the news, especially in reference to crimes occurring in today’s war in Ukraine, distinctions between them are not widely known.
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Unprofessional relationships with clients
SUSAN HUMISTON
Aug 02, 2023
Recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court suspended a family law lawyer for engaging in explicit sexual conversations with a client he was representing in a divorce. This case is certainly a cautionary tale and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some important ethical reminders.
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CISO beware: Cyber accountability is changing
Mark Lanterman
Aug 02, 2023
Each July, organizations are encouraged to remind employees and management about preparing for a particularly pernicious type of cyber threat. As part of Ransomware Awareness Month, many organizations take stock of their current defenses and reiterate to their teams that acting cautiously on the internet is not to be taken lightly.
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Wellness: Navigating chronic pain, Lawyers’ edition
Sarah Soucie Eyberg
Aug 02, 2023
Chronic pain poses unique challenges for lawyer wellbeing, affecting both the attorney’s personal and professional lives. It is crucial for attorneys to recognize the impact of chronic pain and take proactive steps to address it.
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Thanks to our outgoing certification board members!
Aug 02, 2023
This year, five board members stepped down after years of service. We are grateful for the time and expertise these individuals have shared to help shape the MSBA Certification designation into what it is today.
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Needing help with legal tech?
Aug 02, 2023
With the quick-changing pace of the technology around us, it can be difficult to keep up. If you need assistance navigating any of MSBA’s online services, we’re here to help.
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Let Your Yes Be Yes and Your No Be No
Paul Floyd
Aug 02, 2023
Mastering the art of saying Yes and No as a lawyer requires self-awareness, discernment, and the courage to prioritize our own well-being.
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Gov. Walz appoints Judge Keala Ede and Jon Schmidt to Minnesota Court of Appeals
Jul 24, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Judge Keala Ede and Jon Schmidt to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Gov. Walz appoints Nicole Hopps to fill 6th Judicial District vacancy
Jul 20, 2023
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Nicole Hopps as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District.
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Governor’s merit selection panel recommends Court of Appeals candidates
Jul 19, 2023
The governor's merit selection panel announced that it is recommending six candidates for consideration to fill the upcoming vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The vacancies will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Denise D. Reilly and the Honorable Lucinda E. Jesson, who both serve in an at-large capacity.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals candidates to Gov. Walz
Jul 13, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
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Paul Floyd: The artful lawyer
Jul 05, 2023
As a rule, clients want their attorneys to be competent, learned, persistent—but artistic? For Paul Floyd, practicing art as a discipline has been a part of his life since around 2009, or about a third of the time he’s been a practicing lawyer.
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MSBA President 2023-24: Paul Floyd, bridge builder
Amy Lindgren
Jul 05, 2023
If you ask Paul Floyd how he sees himself, the response won’t be glib or simple.
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Federal courts open the gates to Minnesota punitive-damages claims
Nick Bullard and Luke Wetterstrom
Jul 05, 2023
The threat of punitive damages is a game-changer in civil litigation. It ratchets up the financial stakes and imperils the defendant’s reputation—often creating intense pressure to settle. Get ready for more of this game-changer in federal court, thanks to a recent shift in case law.
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2023 MN Legislative Session Review
Bryan Lake
Jul 05, 2023
Partisan divisions, few compromises, limited accomplishments: These were the essential elements of every Minnesota legislative session recap from 2015 through 2022. During those years neither major political party had simultaneous control of the House, Senate, and governor’s office—the trifecta, as it is known—and, predictably, the divisions in government caused constant gridlock.
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Understanding the stages of brief
Cassandra Jacobsen & Finn Jacobsen
Jul 05, 2023
Like so many, we spent a significant portion of the covid pandemic working remotely from our one-and-a-half-story home in south Minneapolis, utilizing whatever space we had available as an office. Although we are grateful for that time, we grew far too familiar with each other’s work idiosyncrasies (read: bad habits).
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ChatGPT: The human element
Mark Lanterman
Jul 05, 2023
ChatGPT is continuing to make headlines. It seems like the talk surrounding AI is continuing to evolve as well.
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Hot topics in legal ethics
Susan Humiston
Jul 05, 2023
What is happening around the country in the world of legal ethics? “A lot” is the short answer. For this month’s column, I thought you might enjoy a brief discussion of some current hot topics.
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If you could time-travel and spend a year in some other place and time, when and where would you choose?
Jul 05, 2023
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Who’s the boss?
Paul Floyd
Jul 05, 2023
As I begin my presidency of the Minnesota State Bar Association, I’ve received a number of much-appreciated kind wishes from friends, colleagues, students, and clients.
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Coming back to the bar
Jul 05, 2023
Change was in the air throughout the 2023 MSBA Convention, which took place at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in Minneapolis June 21-22.
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Congratulations, Becker Award winners!
Jul 05, 2023
Nominated by their peers and then selected by a group of volunteers from the Access to Justice Committee, the following individuals have been recognized in the four major award areas.
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Notes & Trends – July 2023
Jul 05, 2023
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for two seats in the 1st Judicial District
Jun 29, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 6th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Jun 26, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals
Jun 06, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy occurring on the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
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Exchange: Letter to the editor from MN County Attorneys Association regarding “Getting Serious About Prosecutorial Misconduct” by Barry Edwards and Stacy Bettison
Robert M. Small
May 30, 2023
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President's Page: Until we meet again
Paul Peterson
May 25, 2023
It is incredible to have been selected to serve as your president this past year—and to think back and appreciate the many wonderful people I have encountered along the way. I am grateful to you for the opportunity.
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Communication, diligence, and client expectations​
Susan Humiston
May 25, 2023
Email and cell phones are amazing tools—but if you practiced before they became prevalent, you know the tremendous impact, both positive and negative, they have had on the practice of law. A recently leaked presentation slide from an internal associate training at the law firm of Paul Hastings has again sparked conversation on this topic.
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This article is human-written: ChatGPT and navigating AI
Mark Lanterman
May 25, 2023
Though the immediate benefits of a quickly written draft or assistance in correspondence may be tempting, be sure to bide your time in approaching AI and establishing how it will be incorporated into your firm.
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Wellness: A hidden gem worth finding
Judith M. Rush
May 25, 2023
With all we have been through these past few years, it’s no wonder that many of us feel burned out, disconnected, uncertain about how to get back to normal or find a new normal. Which makes this the perfect time to explore how we can transform our practices and our lives in the law.
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Colleague Corner: What’s the first thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
May 25, 2023
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IACP nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
May 25, 2023
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Get to know the MSBA Resource Hub
May 25, 2023
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We need to talk about ChatGPT
Damien Riehl
May 24, 2023
The ascendence of advanced large language models (LLMs) like GPT-4 and ChatGPT have sparked conversations about the future of the legal profession and how these AI-driven systems might help remedy some of the profession’s less-favorable aspects.
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Notes & Trends - May/June 2023
May 24, 2023
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Textbooks and Toddlers: Returning to law school as a parent
OLIVIA LIZ-FONTS
May 24, 2023
Most would say that the perfect time to pursue law school is straight after graduating college. For me, it was after having my two children.
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Watch your abbreviations
IAN LEWENSTEIN
May 24, 2023
Used without limits, abbreviations reveal their secret life as an insidious form of jargon, serving as insider shorthand to the detriment of readers unfamiliar with this ABC lingo. Certain abbreviations—specifically, initialisms—are also confusing, distracting, and, as you’ll see, usually unnecessary.
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U.S. immigration strategies for employers in a tight labor market
Calleigh M. McRaith, Misti A. Binsfeld, and Robert P. Webber
May 24, 2023
In what seems to be an effort to facilitate options for foreign nationals and employers, the Biden administration has quietly rolled out some relatively obscure policy changes. Employers, however, may be unaware of immigration options (including these relatively new options) that can help address labor shortages. The purpose of this article is to highlight a few strategies.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 6th Judicial District
May 15, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz announces upcoming vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals
May 04, 2023
Governor Tim Walz announced two vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Gov. Walz appoints John Bowen and Jason Steffen to fill 10th Judicial District vacancies
Apr 11, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointments of John Bowen and Jason Steffen as district court judges in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Minnesota’s racially biased jury pools and how to fix them
Bethany O’Neill, Cresston Gackle, and David Schultz
Apr 01, 2023
Changing racial demographics in the state, coupled with the practices currently used to determine jury pools, are empaneling juries that are not racially representative. The result is that trials often fail to produce justice and perhaps even violate the Sixth Amendment.
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The hardest part of being a lawyer? Email
CRESSTON GACKLE
Apr 01, 2023
Email can be addictive. It’s a one-stop shop of notifications of new information on all my court cases as well as an interactive to-do list. Email also makes me feel needed; responding to email makes me feel useful. But because I have no boundaries around it, it intrudes upon my work, my life, and my relationships.
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SCOTUS: Bankruptcy doesn’t erase debts incurred by the fraud of another
George H. Singer
Apr 01, 2023
The United States Supreme Court recently answered the question of whether a debtor in bankruptcy can discharge a debt resulting from another person’s fraud, even if the debtor is not aware of the fraud.
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Private discipline in 2022
Susan Humiston
Apr 01, 2023
Private discipline is non-public discipline issued for violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) that are viewed as isolated and nonserious. In 2022, 80 admonitions were issued, one panel admonition was issued (in lieu of charges for public discipline), and six lawyers were placed on private probation.
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President’s Page: Listen. Learn. Be well.
Paul D. Peterson
Apr 01, 2023
This month I want to take our membership discussion in a slightly different direction and talk about the connection between loneliness, isolation, and bad mental/chemical health outcomes.
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Holder, Klobuchar talks among highlights at Minneapolis D&I Conference
Apr 01, 2023
The 2023 Diversity & Inclusion Conference, held on February 21 in Minneapolis, brought together panelists from throughout the country to speak about current issues in the federal criminal justice system and propose solutions for the future.
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Civ Lit trial skills course is back
Apr 01, 2023
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L&E certification board welcomes member
Apr 01, 2023
The MSBA Labor & Employment Certification Board is proud to welcome Andrea Ostapowich to the board.
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Notes & Trends - April 2023
Apr 01, 2023
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What the Respect for Marriage Act does and doesn’t mean
Connor Burton and Matt Yost
Apr 01, 2023
Many observers have heralded the Respect for Marriage Act as enshrining the right to same-sex marriage in federal law. But a review of the text of the Respect for Marriage Act and the legal precedent that it is built upon reveals its limitations.
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Caregiver beware: Spotting scams that target seniors and other vulnerable adults
Noah Lewellen
Apr 01, 2023
Scams targeting senior citizens and other vulnerable adults are all too common. They typically focus on emotional pressure points: asking people to make snap decisions, ostensibly to help loved ones; preying on social isolation; and taking advantage of lack of familiarity with technology or changing methods of communication.
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Gov. Walz appoints Tori Stewart to fill 1st Judicial District vacancy
Mar 31, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Tori Stewart as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 10th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Mar 23, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending five candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Sarah Hudleston and Matthew Frank to fill 4th Judicial District vacancies
Mar 23, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointments of Sarah Hudleston and Matthew Frank as district court judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Mar 10, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Getting serious about prosecutorial misconduct
Barry S. Edwards and Stacy L. Bettison
Mar 02, 2023
Over the past several years, increased attention has come to those wrongfully convicted because of prosecutorial misconduct, particularly with such high-profile cases as those of Curtis Flowers, Walter “Johnny D.” McMillian (the subject of the Hollywood-produced feature film Just Mercy), the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, and the podcast Serial, featuring the case of the recently released Adnan Sayed.
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I thought I loved family law. Practicing it almost wrecked my life.
CARRIE OSOWSKI
Mar 02, 2023
After 14 years of being exposed to every detail of my parents’ divorce and subsequent custody battles, practicing family law seemed to be the obvious choice, since I knew I wanted to be an attorney. When asked “why family law?”, I would say it was so that I could “use my trauma for good.” In theory, it was a great idea; in practice, it nearly destroyed my mental health.
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Broken ladders and shattered windows: Addressing the representation gap of women of color in corporate leadership positions
Dr. Artika R. Tyner & Olivia Liz-Fonts
Mar 02, 2023
Women of color are still waiting to realize the promise of ladders to success and windows of opportunity. Currently women of color make up 17 percent of corporate entry-level positions, yet only 4 percent are represented at the c-suite level. This significant difference in representation is the result of passive DEI initiatives.
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ADR: Understanding the new Code of Ethics for Court-Annexed Neutrals
Kristi Paulson
Mar 02, 2023
Inside ADR’s Minnesota rules reset, part two: In formulating the new rule, the Court recognized that public confidence in the integrity and the fairness of the ADR process is essential. A high standard of ethical conduct is essential to advancing the goals set forth in the ADR Code of Ethics for Court-Annexed Neutrals.
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Step in, step up, stand out: Introducing the MSBA Ambassador Program
Paul D. Peterson
Mar 02, 2023
Step in to MSBA leadership and showcase your expertise on a wider stage, beyond your daily practice. Influencers, thought-leaders, and decision-makers come together at the MSBA to work on issues of policy, practice, and professionalism.
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Public discipline summary for 2022
SUSAN M. HUMISTON
Mar 02, 2023
Public discipline is imposed not to punish the attorney, but to protect the public, the profession, and the judicial system, and to deter further misconduct by the attorney and others. Besides the 36 attorneys who received discipline in 2022, three additional attorneys were transferred to disability status in lieu of public discipline proceedings.
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Gloves off: The upcoming national cybersecurity strategy
Mark Lanterman
Mar 02, 2023
The National Cybersecurity Strategy is set to strengthen the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure by making mandatory regulations that have previously been voluntary.
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What is the most useful professional advice/feedback you ever got from a non-lawyer?
Mar 02, 2023
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Notes & Trends - March 2023
Mar 02, 2023
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Felons Can't Vote: Civil Death in the US
Ellen J. Kennedy and Judge Tara Kalar
Feb 27, 2023
The United States is the only democracy in the world in which most convicted offenders who have served their prison sentences are denied the right to vote for many years, and in some cases for the rest of their lives. We examine this phenomenon globally, in the US, and in Minnesota, where the 2023 Legislature was poised to act as this issue went to press.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Feb 07, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending five candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Debra Groehler to fill 3rd Judicial District vacancy
Feb 02, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Debra Groehler as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 10th Judicial District
Jan 31, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Family, it’s time we had a talk
Paul D. Peterson
Jan 30, 2023
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North Star Lawyers: Certification is open
Jan 30, 2023
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Call for nominations: 2023 Becker Awards
Jan 30, 2023
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2023 resolutions—ethics edition
SUSAN M. HUMISTON
Jan 30, 2023
If you enjoy reflecting and resolving to make some changes in your life at the start of this new year, might I suggest a few ethics-related resolutions to integrate into your practice?
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Thinking about the future of cyber insurance
By Mark Lanterman
Jan 30, 2023
As cyber threats evolve, it is likely that cyber insurance will change in turn, accounting for the immense losses that can characterize even a single attack.
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Are there any life skills or personality traits you didn’t expect to use in practicing law—but find yourself using often?
Jan 30, 2023
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Building a more accessible bar
Moderated and introduced by Ann Motl
Jan 30, 2023
A roundtable conversation featuring members of the Minnesota Disability Bar Association.
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Minnesota Supreme Court recognizes the common interest doctrine
ANDY DAVIS & CONNOR SHAULL
Jan 30, 2023
All federal appellate courts, and most states—including, at long last, Minnesota—have now recognized the doctrine. Yet despite its wide acceptance, the common interest doctrine varies in important ways across jurisdictions.
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Live Wire: The law, Orthodox Judaism, and Minnesota’s eruvim
Judah A. Druck
Jan 30, 2023
What is this odd tradition? How does it work? And given that the wire often encroaches upon public land and requires government approval, how can the eruv function without violating the First Amendment? This article explores and answers these questions, including the ways in which the eruv has been litigated and how it might impact Minnesota’s own eruvim.
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Notes & Trends - Jan/Feb 2023
Jan 30, 2023
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Inside ADR’s Minnesota rules reset
Kristi Paulson
Jan 30, 2023
This article, the first of two, will provide an overview of the new rules and a general discussion of key aspects of those rules. It is not an exhaustive treatment of the changes, however, and it is not a substitute for reading the new Rule 114 in its entirety. Part two will focus on what practitioners need to know about the Code of Ethics and the ADR Ethics Board.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 3rd Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Jan 25, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz reappoints the Hon. Patricia J. Milun to the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals
Jan 24, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the reappointment of the Honorable Patricia J. Milun as a judge of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) for a six-year term. Governor Walz also redesignated her as chief judge.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 1st Judicial District
Jan 23, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Jan 12, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Kristi Stanislawski to fill 10th Judicial District vacancy
Jan 09, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Kristi Stanislawski as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Walz, Flanagan announce appointees to the Commission on Judicial Selection
Jan 09, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced appointments to the Commission on Judicial Selection. The Governor’s appointees include six at-large members and 20 district members, two from each of the ten judicial districts.
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The American Constitution Society is compiling a media resource directory
Jan 03, 2023
This database includes legal professionals aligned with a progressive vision of our laws and the Constitution (there is no need to be an ACS member). You can specify what policy issues or areas of law you would like to be contacted about in the submission form linked below.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals Candidates to Gov. Walz
Jan 02, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
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Gov. Walz reappoints the Hon. Jane N. Bowman to the Minnesota Tax Court
Dec 16, 2022
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the reappointment of the Honorable Jane N. Bowman as a Judge of the Minnesota Tax Court for a six-year term.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Dec 15, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 3rd Judicial District
Dec 12, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 10th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Dec 02, 2022
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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For trial lawyers, the generalist is the best specialist
Justice G. Barry Anderson and Jevon Bindman
Dec 01, 2022
Rather than complain about declining civil trial work or point to some earlier, more propitious time, this article recognizes the current legal landscape and discusses how attorneys can develop trial skills in an increasingly specialized world.
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The new world of NIL in Minnesota
Michael T. Burke and Amber D. Crow
Dec 01, 2022
How student-athletes can navigate the system of name, image, and likeness rights in high school and beyond
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Something to chew on: How newly legal THC edibles interact with Minnesota employment laws
Shawn J. Wanta and Susan E. Ellingstad
Dec 01, 2022
Minnesota has one of the most restrictive drug and alcohol testing statutes in the country. It also has a statute protecting the rights of Minnesota employees to consume all legal food and beverages outside of working hours with very few limitations by employers.
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Have no fear, hyphens are here
Ian Lewenstein
Dec 01, 2022
Lawyers, whether or not by their own admission, aren’t the best punctuators. True, this lawyerly difficulty extends to other professionals. But because drafting and editing sit at the core of a lawyer’s work, proper punctuation skills are a must.
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Employment Practices Liability insurance demystified
Britton D. Weimer
Dec 01, 2022
Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance funds most judgments and settlements in employee suits against small and mid-sized employers. Thus, it is crucial for both plaintiff’s attorneys and defense counsel to understand the scope of the typical EPL insurance policy.
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‘Tis the season of giving
Paul Peterson
Dec 01, 2022
Please take a moment, act, and let’s see what remarkable good we can achieve together. Let’s end 2022 with our whole organization making small but significant contributions.
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More on the ABA consultation report
Susan Humiston
Dec 01, 2022
Because there are several additional recommendations, I thought it beneficial to continue to explore the consultation report. For this column, my focus is on recommendations that require additional resources or change responsibility for tasks currently performed within the discipline system to other organizations.
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Ransomware and counteracting the interconnected risks of the IoT
Mark Lanterman
Dec 01, 2022
This past fall, Crystal Valley, a farming co-op in southern Minnesota, was targeted by a ransomware attack that left its employees using paper tickets to take orders.
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Gov. Walz appoints Sydnee Woods to fill 4th Judicial District vacancy