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Judicial Elections 2010: Minnesotans Stay the Course

While partisanship, controversy, and legal challenges colored many judicial races around the country this fall, Minnesota judges ran positive campaigns, featuring their experience, qualifications, and widespread support.  More aggressive challenges and closer races suggest, however, that judges’ supporters may need to adjust their strategies in future races.     Minnesota’s judicial elections stayed on a […]

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Commentary: Responding to the 2010 Judicial Elections

Judicial elections nationwide in 2010 have highlighted the growing influence of money and special interests while heightening concerns for preservation of a fair and impartial judiciary that enjoys public confidence. The 2010 election cycle highlights concerns about the conduct of judicial elections, including the influence of money and special interests. We need to take those […]

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Commentary: Destroying Your Own Business

What law firms consider their strengths may prove to be their weaknesses in today’s rapidly changing business environment.  Firms that fail to aggressively innovate to meet growing competition may be missing a key opportunity to save themselves. Well before Blockbuster Video actually filed for bankruptcy protection last fall, The Onion produced a prescient video about a […]

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Life Begins at 40

On January 4, 1971, a small state agency began operations.1 It was called the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and operated in conjunction with the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, which oversaw the office and acted as adjudicators in contested matters.  The substantive disciplinary rules that the office was established to enforce had been in effect […]

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Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Challenge Remains!

Following a 2009 study of the state of diversity in the legal profession, the American Bar Association’s Presidential Diversity Initiative issued its report and recommendations in April 2010. The executive summary of the results of that effort begins with the following statement: This nationwide endeavor quickly revealed that we have made some progress, but the […]

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Partial Summary Judgment

Minn. R.C.P. 54.02 provides that “the court may direct the entry of a final judgment as to one or more but fewer than all of the claims or parties only upon an express determination that there is no just reason for delay and upon an express direction for the entry of judgment.” The court makes […]

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Social Networking

Another nuance of the rapidly growing topic of the law of social networking concerns the protection of employees who complain about conditions at work.  See “Social Media for Lawyers,” in Bench & Bar (November 2010).  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a federal agency that regulates management and labor relations, has issued a complaint that […]

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Training Staff

At some point in their career, every attorney takes responsibility for training a new person, usually someone who is replacing an already trained or more experienced member of the staff. Unless one is careful, it’s easy in these circumstances to expect the same level of support from someone who has neither the training nor the […]

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