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April 2013

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Judicial Selection Revisited: What Policy for the MSBA?

Six years have elapsed since the MSBA formulated its current policy on judicial selection in Minnesota. Depending on your viewpoint, much or little has changed since then to warrant continued support for change, but there’s wide agreement that an impartial, accomplished, and accountable judiciary is the goal. Well before the 2010 Citizens United decision fundamentally altered […]

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Eyes Wide Open: Optimizing Outcomes through Mediation

Attorneys, courts, and clients alike can benefit when disputes are resolved quickly, amicably, and based on full understanding of the potential risks and costs of litigation.  Mediation, historically focused on preserving parties’ relationships, is evolving to include an evaluative component so participants more clearly understand the costs and risks of going to court. Whether we […]

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Instructions for Paulette

Acknowledging one’s own mortality is difficult in the best of times, but realizing how hard it will be for those left behind may be just the motivation needed to prepare for the unexpected.  A systematic approach to planning offers peace of mind for all. My wife’s cousin and his wife retired several years ago to rural […]

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A Privilege and a Pleasure

Wow, has time flown by!  Here it is, the middle of the spring, and I was just informed I have only this column and one more to pen.  This means that my year as president is almost over and when I’m asked how has the year been and have I enjoyed it, my standard response […]

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Taxes and Lawyer Discipline

Depending on the exact date you are reading this column, your individual income tax returns were due recently or will be soon. Did you file on time, or will you? If not, have you properly requested an extension of the date on which to file? If you’re also an employer, have you kept up with […]

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FMLA Notice

Wmployees seeking to activate their rights under the Federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to take time off from work for medical reasons must give timely notice of their request for leave of absence.  A recent ruling of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals underscores the need for compliance with the timeliness requirement.  In […]

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Landlord-Tenant Calls

As any lawyer who has advertised landlord-tenant services knows, calls from tenants tend to be unproductive. This is because most landlord-tenant problems boil down to money, and most of the time, tenants are better off spending their money on rent, not on a lawyer. Bigger problems, unfortunately, do not usually make good contingent-fee cases. Anyone […]

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