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for: ‘September, 2009’

Networking Effectively & Ethically

Everyone knows that, much like diet and exercise, networking is good for you and that there are lots of excuses for avoiding it. Practicing lawyers confronting the need to “get out there and network!” find it engenders powerful attitudinal obstacles. But unless you tap networking as a business development tool you will consistently fall short […]

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: “Accidental” Franchises May Have Teeth

Written for traditional franchises, the franchise laws in fact cover a variety of business relationships that you may not think of as franchises. Understanding the broad definition of a franchise and business opportunity under these laws is critical if you are to avoid liability for failing to identify the “accidental franchise.” Remember that license agreement […]

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Advisory Opinion Sampler

Last year, the Director’s Office received 2,135 requests for an advisory opinion.  Most such requests are by telephone, although a growing number of attorneys, approximately 10 percent, are taking advantage of the ability to submit questions through the internet from the office’s website.  So far this year, over 1,500 requests have been received through the […]

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The Year of the Student

A plethora of appellate decisions in the past year addressed school-related issues.  At the United States Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota appellate courts education was the context for many important decisions. Unlike that of most tribunals, including those in Minnesota, the work of the United States Supreme Court has […]

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Civics: To Save a Village, Teach a Child

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people have traditionally shared collective responsibility for the education of the children in their communities; the unique skills, experiences, and wisdom of the individual adults and elders were imparted for the benefit of all of the children and not merely passed down […]

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