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Governor’s merit selection panel recommends MN Court of Appeals candidates
Nov 05, 2021
The governor's merit selection panel announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill the upcoming vacancy on Minnesota’s Court of Appeals. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Carol A. Hooten on November 30, 2021.
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Time to examine the bar exam
Jennifer Thompson
Nov 04, 2021
Last year, after a group of recent law school graduates requested that the MSBA Council examine the state of the bar exam and its role in the admission of new lawyers in Minnesota, it became clear to MSBA leadership that further efforts to study the issue were necessary.
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Check the financial donation box for 2021
Nov 04, 2021
Last spring the Minnesota Supreme Court added Rule 25 to the Minnesota Rules of the Supreme Court on Lawyer Registration, requiring attorneys to report each year the approximate number of pro bono hours completed in the prior calendar year, and likewise to indicate by means of a check box whether they donated to legal services organizations that provide free services to low-income Minnesotans.
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Pro bono opportunity: the eviction crunch
Nov 04, 2021
The MSBA is proud to partner with legal services organizations across Minnesota to encourage pro bono and to let you know about opportunities to volunteer your time. This month, we’re highlighting Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s (MMLA) Eviction Defense Screening Project.
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Court orders comment period and public hearing on MSBA lawyer advertising petition
Nov 04, 2021
In late June the MSBA filed a petition (ADM10-8005) requesting changes that would bring Rule 7 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC), which governs attorney advertising, into alignment with ABA Model Rule 7, which was revised in 2018.
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Lawyer neutrals and other people’s money
Susan Humiston
Nov 04, 2021
Last’s month’s column focused on trust accounts and overdrafts. One reader asked an excellent follow-up question: What about lawyers who serve as neutrals? What are they to do with other people’s money that they hold?
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Go fish? Proportionality revisited
MARK LANTERMAN
Nov 04, 2021
Given the complexity of digital evidence and the risk of its corruption, it is important to establish fair and workable discovery protocols from the outset.
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What lessons have you learned during the course of the pandemic—professionally or personally—that made you a better lawyer?
Nov 04, 2021
"I believe the wisest investment you can make is to invest your time in people, and the pandemic only reinforced that—personally and professionally."
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Short, sweet, and specific: Effective openings and closings in oral argument
Kyle R. Kroll
Nov 04, 2021
This article surveys just some of the great oral advocates from Minnesota and elsewhere. A review of openings and closings from these greats reveals three key insights: keep it short, sweet, and specific.
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Notes & Trends – November 2021
Nov 04, 2021
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Gov. Walz appoints Bryce Ehrman to fill 1st Judicial District vacancy
Oct 29, 2021
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Bryce Ehrman as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 10th Judicial District
Oct 23, 2021
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Siv Mjanger and Jennifer Stanfield to fill 10th Judicial District vacancies
Oct 18, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz announced the appointments of Siv Mjanger and Jennifer Stanfield as District Court judges in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Oct 12, 2021
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending four candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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For the public good—and ours
Jennifer Thompson
Oct 01, 2021
I know that a lot of MSBA members do pro bono work. But many of us do not, and the numbers are trending in the wrong direction. There is no way around it: We need more lawyers doing pro bono work.
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Trust account overdrafts: what you need to know
SUSAN HUMISTON
Oct 01, 2021
For more than 30 years, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has administered a trust account overdraft program. In fact, Minnesota was one of the first states to implement such a program (in 1990, following the American Bar Association’s adoption of a model rule on the topic in 1988).
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Mailbag: Cybersecurity Q&A
Mark Lanterman
Oct 01, 2021
In recent months, I’ve been asked a lot of great questions regarding data privacy and best digital practices in a number of areas. So let’s devote this month’s column to answering some of those basic questions.
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What do you get out of doing pro bono work?
Oct 01, 2021
I believe strongly that every attorney should provide pro bono legal services. I started doing pro bono work during law school and have continued to provide pro bono services for 20-plus years.
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Next month MSBA practicelaw virtual conference
Oct 01, 2021
The practicelaw conference is happening the week of November 8-12 and costs just $45 for MSBA members.
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Tubman, Civ Lit section team up
Oct 01, 2021
The MSBA Civil Litigation Section is pleased to announce that it’s sponsoring a new pro bono program in collaboration with Tubman, a multi-service organization that provides pro bono legal representation to low-income victims seeking orders for protection and harassment restraining orders.
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