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Ethics Wake-Up Calls for Supervisory Responsibilities
WILLIAM J. WERNZ
Jul 01, 2020
Who in your law firm is responsible for adopting and updating policies and procedures on legal ethics matters? Who is responsible for training lawyers and staff on these matters? What are the areas of law firm operation that are important for ethics scrutiny? Lawyers who manage law firms and law offices should be asking these questions.
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Child Safety First: Understanding Minnesota’s mandatory and voluntary reporting requirements involving child abuse and neglect
James C. Backstrom
Jul 01, 2020
There is a role for everyone in ensuring that our children are as safe and secure as possible. As a career prosecutor, I can tell you that far too many children are abused and neglected each year in our state and nation.
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2020 Minnesota legislative session recap
Bryan Lake
Jul 01, 2020
With the onset of the pandemic, what had been a relatively routine legislative session suddenly became uniquely difficult.
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Remote mediation I’m 62. I wasn’t looking to Zoom. I’m glad I did.
Mike McKnight
May 27, 2020
I will tell you I was skeptical at first, but now I am sold. I see a lot of advantages to using this technology more even after this damn virus ends. It saves the parties and clients time and money.
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Government transparency during the pandemic
Taya Moxley-Goldsmith and Katherine Bealka
May 27, 2020
A guide to Minnesota data practices, open meetings, and covid-19
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How covid-19 may redefine “reasonable accommodation” under the ADA and MHRA
Charles R. Shafer
May 27, 2020
Covid-19, the first pandemic in 100 years, is not only changing the lives of Americans right now, but may also change the legal landscape of disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) for years to come.
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Legal Ethics and Risk Management in the Time of Pandemic
Chuck Lundberg
May 27, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdown has caused unprecedented disruption in law firms and creates a host of new issues for firm general counsel and ethics partners. This article describes a number of new ethics and risk management issues that have arisen almost overnight.
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The Remote Lawyer’s Survival Guide
Kristi J. Paulson
May 27, 2020
Remote work can be wonderful. It can also be filled with all kinds of unique challenges and requirements. Having done this for over two decades, I am going to share my thoughts and suggestions in this Remote Worker’s Survival Guide.
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Technology is just one of the tools we need to get through this crisis and the next
JOE VAN THOMME
May 27, 2020
Lawyers must use technology to adapt their practices if they are to continue to serve their clients through this pandemic and afterward.
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Detours on the Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Finding our way forward in an upside-down world
Joan Bibelhausen
May 27, 2020
Let’s take a look at what we can reasonably expect. We will experience a range of emotions, and each facet of the whole lawyer may respond differently.
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Director Fiduciary Duties: Navigating financial distress during covid-19
George Singer and Chad Stewart
May 27, 2020
Regardless of whether a corporation is solvent, nearing insolvency, or insolvent, directors always owe a duty to the company itself. If a corporation is insolvent, however, directors also owe duties to the company’s creditors.
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Pandemic family stress equals pandemic family law stress
Christopher Vatsaas and Kendal O’Keefe
May 27, 2020
The impact of covid-19 has put additional stress on virtually every component of a family’s day-to-day life. Unsurprisingly, the stress has already begun to manifest itself in an influx of activity in our family law systems, including the courts and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.
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Tenant rights in the era of covid-19
Andrea Palumbo and Karmen McQuitty
May 27, 2020
For renters in particular, the pandemic has presented unique challenges—both in paying rent and seeking relief under current (and future) leases.
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Understanding the tax impact of federal covid-19 relief laws
ADAM SCHURLE
May 27, 2020
These acts provide benefits to employees who are unable to work, incentives to employers who keep employees on staff, and tax relief to businesses to assist with cash flow issues. Following is a summary of some of the key tax provisions of the Families First Act and the CARES Act.
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Thoughts about Commemorating the Duluth Lynchings
WILLIAM D. GREEN
May 27, 2020
A prize-winning Minnesota historian looks at the legacy of the murders 100 years later
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Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project Sought to Improve Access to Justice
Justice Paul C. Thissen and Judge John R. Rodenberg
May 05, 2020
The Pilot will test and assess whether allowing legal paraprofessionals to provide additional services will increase access to competent, quality representation for low- and modest-income Minnesota litigants, reduce court congestion, and provide opportunities for lawyers to expand their practices.
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Being a lawyer is hard. Don’t make it harder.
PATTY BECK
Apr 01, 2020
Ten tips & truths for navigating life as a new lawyer.
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New lawyers need a mentor and a sponsor. And they aren’t the same thing.
MOLLY B. HOUGH
Apr 01, 2020
Both relationships are crucial to your career. Treat them as priorities, add value to each relationship, and you will have both short-term and long-term career growth in ways that were not available to you before.
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Following the Unexpected Call: How I made the move from private practice to government in my early years of practice.
Hillary A. Taylor
Apr 01, 2020
I didn’t expect my plan to change. And I definitely didn’t imagine I’d be transitioning in my career as soon as 2019, when I made the move from private practice to public service.
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Inflexible Leave Policy Litigation: Stretching the limits of the ADA
COLIN HUNTER HARGREAVES
Apr 01, 2020
Inflexible leave policy litigation remains an area of law infrequently discussed by scholars and experts. This article provides a brief overview of recent developments.
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