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The New Scarlet Letter: Is Minnesota’s Predatory Offender Registry helping or hurting?

In 1991, the Minnesota Legislature enacted the state’s first version of the sexual offender registry. Twenty-eight years and 35 changes to the law later, over 21,000 Minnesotans are on the Predatory Offender Registry. Has it been taken too far?  BY STACY L. BETTISON


‘We are quite collegial, and that is not by accident’

An interview with Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea has served as the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2010. Before becoming the Chief Justice, she was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court as an Associate Justice in 2006 by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Prior to her time on the Court, Chief Justice Gildea served as a judge in the 4th Judicial District in Hennepin County. BY JON SCHMIDT



Many decades of trials and tribulations by Minnesota’s professional basketball team and others—on the courts and in them.
The Timberwolves brought professional basketball back to Minnesota in 1989, following a history of championship teams, followed by a long drought and other travails. The season of its 30th birthday, along with the silver anniversary of its current ownership, provides an opportune occasion to look back at some of the litigation lore the sport has created in this state at both professional and amateur levels. BY MARSHALL H. TANICK

President's Page by Tom Nelson
Pro Bono Publico

Rule 6.1 says: “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay.” “[A]t least 50 hours” per year. “In addition,” the Rule says that we should “voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means."

Professional Responsibility by Susan Humiston
Your ethical duty of supervision

Attorneys sometimes supervise other attorneys and frequently supervise non-attorney staff. While professional ethics certainly govern your personal behavior and choices, the rules also place upon you specific duties related to the ethical conduct of others.

Law & Technology by Mark Lanterman
Doxxing redux: The trouble with opting out

Doxxing is generally understood as the buying, selling, gathering, or other sharing of personal information online, often with malicious intent. With this private information in hand, individuals can threaten, stalk, harass, or damage the reputations of others.

New Lawyers by Scott Andrew Fulks
Start now, law students: Narrow your legal interests early

Between bar festivities, informal coffees, social gatherings, and legal internships, a typical law student holds hundreds of brief, but potentially memorable, conversations throughout the three arduous years of school. There is a world of difference between meeting an indistinguishable law student and the next white-collar criminal defense attorney or an aspiring IP lawyer.

Colleague Corner: Meet Aaron Van Oort
'I found it natural to seek out appellate work'
What I’ve appreciated most about my bar involvement is the community it has introduced me to. I’m inclined to be a bit of an academic who sits in his office and reads and thinks and writes. Through the Appellate Section of the MSBA, however, I was introduced to the state’s appellate bar and bench and became part of their collegial community.


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