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MSBA President 2010-11: Terry Votel

A Study in Cooperation & Teamwork Growing up in a family of nine kids, Terry Votel, newly seated president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, had little opportunity to develop a big ego. Nor could he escape the lessons of cooperation and teamwork. Not only did he have to share a bed with his older […]

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2010 Legislative Session Review

The 2010 Minnesota legislative session began February 4th and ended May 17 after twists, turns, turmoil, and a very brief special session. Electoral politics colored the 2010 session, and many choices were made with one eye on the upcoming elections. Every seat in the Legislature will be on the ballot in November and several legislators […]

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The Magically Disappearing Defendant: Successor Liability under Minnesota Law

Successor liability is more difficult to establish under Minnesota law than under Title VII and the standard for doing so has been subject to considerable give and take between Minnesota’s courts and legislature. Transfers of intangible assets without consideration pose significant risks that successor liability will attach. hat would you do in the following situation? […]

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Time is Money

he Minnesota Supreme Court recently approved the budget for the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (Director’s Office). The fiscal year (now FY2011) for the Lawyers Board runs from July 1 to June 30. As a part of the end-of-fiscal-year cycle, the Board and Director’s Office also must file an annual report outlining the year’s activities.1 […]

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“When The Going Gets Tough …”

he test of any professional association is its continued strength and solid performance in delivering value to its members in tough times. By any measure, the MSBA is strong, having maintained its membership level of over 16,000 members through the recent stretch of economically challenging conditions. We believe this represents a recognition that now, more […]

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July 2010

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Prosecutorial Misconduct

With each new generation of prosecutors, many of the same prosecutorial misconduct mistakes are repeated. Judges differ in their approach to this phenomenon, some waiting to rule on possible objections raised in trial while others raise the issue with the attorneys prior to commencement of trial. Whatever the proclivity of the individual judge, the Minnesota […]

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