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for: ‘2012’

Mock Trial: A Recipe for Growth, Satisfaction, and Civic Education

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Friends to the Court

Back in February, our most recent past president, Brent Routman, discussed a concept that was aptly named the “AMICUS Society.”  The concept was, from my understanding, the brainchild of Chief Justice Gildea and past president Lew Remele and envisioned an approach whereby attorneys, as a profession, can become true “friends to the court.” The underlying […]

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UPL by Suspended Attorneys

In the past few years, several attorneys have either been disciplined or have allegations pending against them based upon their continuing to practice law after being suspended due to discipline, suspended for nonpayment of the lawyer registration fee, or having their practice restricted for failure to meet Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements.  As a variation […]

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That Magic Moment

Who gets the engagement ring after a divorce? What about when an engagement is called off? Minnesota law provides pretty straightforward answers when these questions are considered separately, but things get fuzzy when you look at the answers together. Post-marriage, because the engagement ring is acquired before the marriage, it is nonmarital and goes to […]

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Discrimination Claims

The doctrine of “aiding and abetting” discrimination under the Minnesota Human Rights Act was clarified earlier this year by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a case brought by a woman who was fired after complaining about sexual harassment by a coworker. It held that the majority owner of the company and his father, who […]

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Debating Voter ID

Barring intervention by the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota voters in November will be asked to decide whether the State Constitution should be amended to limit the franchise to those who can prove their identity by presenting a valid, government-issued photo ID card. Consider the arguments … . A Costly, Unnecessary Abuse of the Constitution A Means […]

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August 2012

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Debating Voter ID: A Means to Increase Confidence in Elections

In 2005, the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker concluded that our “electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter and detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters.”1 As a result, the Carter-Baker Commission recommended that states […]

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Debating Voter ID: A Costly, Unnecessary Abuse of the Constitution

From its 1858 statehood Minnesota has been a leader in voting rights.  We take pride in the fact that Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout, and it has a history and bipartisan tradition of encouraging citizen engagement.  Minnesota is also a state of common sense, embodying a pragmatic “If it ain’t broke don’t fix […]

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Debating Voter ID: Voter Fraud & the Impact of Voter ID

The stated motivation for the placement of the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot by the legislature this fall is to reduce the incidence of voter fraud in Minnesota, particularly identity fraud. A second stated motivation of the author of the amendment is to eliminate the practice of vouching for voters who want to register […]

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