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Pro Bono Band of Brothers

Opportunities for pro bono service are available to attorneys in all areas of practice and no two cases are alike. For four Minnesota attorneys who banded together from a variety of firms, a case came along that will forever stay in their hearts and minds. May we please come in!” begged one of the Riviera* […]

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Lawyer Criminals

All lawyers are people; some people commit crimes; therefore some lawyers commit crimes. This simple piece of questionable deductive reasoning may best explain why criminal convictions of licensed attorneys are a regrettably regular source of lawyer discipline. While we’d no doubt like to think that—as educated, licensed professionals who have undergone a character and fitness […]

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Asking Clients for Referrals: A Missed Opportunity?

Attorneys often neglect to ask current clients for referrals, thereby missing an opportunity.  While deciding whom to ask and when and how to raise the question requires some careful thought, treating a client as a potential source of referrals can produce multiple benefits. Without a doubt, clients can be your best source of referrals. Yet […]

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Screening for Domestic Abuse: What You Don’t See, May Be What You Get

Thirty years after Minnesota broke new ground with the Domestic Abuse Act, experience has shown how widespread is the problem, how readily it is overlooked, and how many are the issues it affects.  Attorneys across the profession are well-advised to screen for domestic abuse, for their own sake as well as their clients’. This year marks […]

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Of Greatest Value Is That Which We Give Away

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people, like a great many Indian tribes, have a ceremony known as a giveaway—miinidiwag.  In it the person who is the focus of the ceremony does not receive gifts, but rather, they hand them away.  Indian people generally assign stature in the […]

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Of Greatest Value is That Which We Give Away

By Leo I. Brisbois Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people, like a great many Indian tribes, have a ceremony known as a giveaway—miinidiwag. In it the person who is the focus of the ceremony does not receive gifts, but rather, they hand them away. Indian people […]

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