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Revisiting Minnesota’s 60-Day Rule and building permit applications
Julie N. Nagorski
Mar 04, 2022
Most cities and most practitioners believe that while the 60-Day Rule requires government to take prompt action on applications of many sorts, it does not apply to building permit applications. This belief needs a re-examination.
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  • CATEGORY
  • Construction Law
What happens when property owners don’t pay their property taxes?
Melitta Drechsler
Mar 04, 2022
What happens to nonpayers of property taxes is a question many property owners—those with mortgages—have little reason to consider. Banks and mortgage companies often collect the money to pay for property taxes from mortgage payments and save that money in an escrow account.
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  • CATEGORY
  • Real Property
  • Tax Law
Bedrock rules: The law on non-commercial collection of rocks and fossils on public lands in Minnesota
KATHLEEN LI REITZ
Mar 04, 2022
Whether you are a professionally trained geoscientist or an amateur collector of these inorganic specimens, Minnesota has much to offer as long as you know where to look.
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  • Land Use Law
Let’s talk about some time-saving legal tech
TODD C. SCOTT
Feb 01, 2022
The pandemic brought a lot of lawyers into the world of legal technology. Here’s a set of recommendations for integrating more tech and freeing up more time in ’22.
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  • Technology
A Marvel-ous Copyright War
Larina Alton and Gabriel Ramirez-Hernandez
Feb 01, 2022
Disney’s latest fight to protect its intellectual property interests is no Mickey Mouse effort.
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  • Intellectual Property
After Britney: An FAQ on Minnesota guardianship/conservatorship law
DAVID L. LUDESCHER
Feb 01, 2022
My intent in this brief article is not to provide a detailed analysis of the Britney Spears case or of guardianship and conservatorship law in Minnesota. Rather, I wish to show how the protections afforded by “the system” can fail people in Minnesota as well.
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  • Estate Planning
A lawyer’s guide to the Minnesota legislative process
By Anne Sexton
Feb 01, 2022
Being a competent attorney necessitates understanding key aspects of Minnesota laws and the state legislative process. Through a strictly nonpartisan lens, here are 10 concepts to help us on that front.
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  • Legislation
Is there a better way to admit lawyers? The future of the bar exam needs a hard look
LEANNE FUITH
Dec 06, 2021
The bar exam has long served as a gatekeeper to the profession, with the goal of protecting the public by ensuring that newly licensed attorneys meet minimum standards of competence. Yet critics have suggested that the bar exam has also served to “gatekeep” who can become a lawyer and that it works to exclude individuals along race, class, and gender lines.
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  • Bar Exam
Nice-Petersen v. Nice-Petersen and me
NICOLE NICE
Dec 06, 2021
40 years after a landmark Minnesota Supreme Court decision, the child at the center of the case reflects on its impact
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  • Children & the Law
  • Family Law
Diversity in defense: The path to management-side employment law as a diverse attorney
Nicole Dailo, Christopher H. Jison, and Richard Liu
Dec 06, 2021
It is our hope that law students and attorneys curious about the L&E practice area gain a better understanding of a management-side L&E attorney’s career path and the positive impact you can have, particularly as a diverse attorney.
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  • Diversity
  • Labor and Employment
What is kosher? From Moses to Minnesota: A brief history of Jewish dietary law and the state’s courts
JUDAH DRUCK
Dec 06, 2021
Minnesota’s own forays into the world of kashrut (kosher law) have resulted in fascinating judicial and legislative discussions regarding the role government should, and constitutionally can, play in upholding Biblical law. This article details these discussions, and how courts and legislators have struggled with the question explored since Moses: What is and is not kosher?
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  • Food & Drug Law
The delicious ironies of food product configuration protection
AUSTEN ZUEGE
Dec 06, 2021
Cases up to the present highlight continued aggressive assertions of trade dress rights by foodstuff manufacturers—coupled with pushback by courts to deny trade dress rights in purely functional product configurations.
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  • Food & Drug Law
  • Intellectual Property
This moment and this breath: A public defender writes about loss, survival, and extreme sports
Shauna Faye Kieffer
Nov 04, 2021
Everyone has their suffering. It's no secret that people who are drawn to sports that require total focus on that one moment—be it yoga breathing, skiing cliffs, or running until your legs could fall off—are seeking to be present in the moment and not lost in their despair. 
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Well-being is always a work in progress
Rachell Henning
Nov 04, 2021
The practice of law is not easy. In a profession filled with stress and deadlines, it is easy to ignore the fact that our bodies and minds have limitations. Failure to recognize our own humanity can result in consequences both personally and professionally.
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  • Wellness
Transgender rights under siege in many state legislatures— including Minnesota’s
Daniel Choma, Tara Kalar, Ellen J. Kennedy, and Caitlin Schweiger
Nov 04, 2021
Across the U.S., the past year’s state legislative sessions have brought forth an unprecedented amount of legislation addressing transgender rights, most of the bills seemingly in response to recent strides made for transgender people in both state and federal courts.
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  • Legislation
5 tips for settling disputes through early mediation
Terri Krivosha and Melissa Muro LaMere
Nov 04, 2021
Our experience has given us insight into how early mediation can play a powerful role in resolving disputes. Below are five tips for reaching agreement in tough disputes through early mediation.
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  • Mediation
The lifelong impact of law school mentoring
Uyen Campbell and Judith Rush
Nov 04, 2021
Each year, over 470 Minnesota lawyers and judges provide students at the University of St. Thomas School of Law opportunities to answer these and many other important questions. These mentors, and other informal mentors, play a crucial role in helping students define their professional identities and learn vital skills before they become lawyers.
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  • Law School
  • Mentoring
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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  • 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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  • 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
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