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May/June 2011

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International Arbitration and the Globalization of Minnesota Business

Growth in international trade has spawned a parallel increase in international business disputes involving companies worldwide, potentially including many in Minnesota. Where litigation of such disputes may prove inordinately complex or unsatisfying, international arbitration offers a well-established alternative. To paraphrase Thomas L. Friedman, “The world is flat and getting flatter.” Friedman argued in The World […]

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Regulating Judges’ Public Comments

Judges’ free speech, public confidence in the judiciary, and the authority of the state Board on Judicial Standards are among the values in controversy in this exchange of perspectives on the limits that can be placed on judges’ public comments. A Critique Suppose District Court Judge Jay gave a talk at a Law Day conference.  […]

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Lost in the Virtual World: Fending Off Online Buccaneers

Legal business increasingly comes in over the internet and amid the real opportunities are frequent scams that seek to separate the lawyer from his money. Distinguishing one inquiry from the other can sometimes be challenging. Not long ago, a Dallas law firm received an email from the president of a fictitious company in Denmark seeking […]

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MSBA – An Extraordinary Organization

On May 6th I had the pleasure of addressing new lawyers being admitted to the practice of law in Minnesota.  This is the second time I have had the honor of performing this function.  It is, perhaps, one of the most fulfilling tasks that any bar association officer can perform. It’s a happy occasion for […]

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Professional Ethics & Elimination of Bias

As I write this month’s column, we are in the midst of the annual end-of-season blitz of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, just in time for those attorneys who need credits before their three-year reporting deadline arrives.  Especially prominent and popular are seminars on legal ethics and elimination of bias (EOB).  As I hope all […]

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Time to Object

28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1), Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(2) and D. Minn. L.R. 72.2(b) all allow a party 14 days after being served with a Report and Recommendation to file written objections to the R&R.  What many fail to realize is that most litigants will automatically have that deadline extended by three days by virtue of […]

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Mongolian Web Address

Are you having trouble getting that perfect website address (URL) that you want because there are other businesses or law firms in the world that thought of it first?  Before you change your name, try going to Mongolia.  Seriously. If many other Minnesotans share your name, it’s not easy naming your new law firm or […]

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Confidential Information

Attorneys practicing in federal court are by now likely aware of Rule 5.2, which requires that “an electronic or paper filing with the court that contains” a social security number, tax identification number, birth date, the name of an “individual known to be a minor,” or a “financial-account” number be redacted in the manner set […]

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