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January 2014

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Pride’s Progeny: Legal Ramifications Of Same-Sex Marriage

Legislation and litigation regarding same-sex marriage has altered the legal landscape for attorneys and clients in areas of family law, labor & employment law, immigration, and constitutional law with wide-ranging implications that are still being realized. The Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor,1 the federal Defense of Marriage Act,2 and Minnesota’s adoption […]

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Strategic Planning for Small Law Firms

Pressed for time and averse to business jargon, solos and small law firms may be overlooking benefits of strategic planning that include more and better business over the long term. If a small law firm is perfectly happy with its current status and future outlook, then it does not need a strategic plan. But really, […]

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Deconstructing the Dome: Legacy of Litigation Lingers

Conceived in the 1970s to replace the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minneapolis’s iconic Metrodome has graced the skyline since 1982 and left its mark on Minnesota’s legal landscape as well. Before the month is done, so will be the Metrodome. The venerable facility has been the scene of a Super Bowl (won by Washington), a […]

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An Effective Policy Advocate

I am proud to be a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association because this organization has a well-earned reputation as an effective advocate at the Minnesota Legislature for strong, responsive public policy. The 2014 legislative session begins next month, and your bar association will be well-represented at the Capitol by Emily McGann, our government relations […]

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When Incivility Crosses the Line

“You can’t legislate morality.”1  However true this may or may not be, it has spawned an understanding among lawyers to the effect that you cannot legislate civility in the practice of law, at least not via the lawyer discipline system.  A recent Florida discipline case shone a spotlight on this concept.  In Florida Bar v. […]

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Goodbye Windows XP

Here’s an item for your 2014 calendar: April 1—Confirm we have no computers using Windows XP in operation at home or work. Now April Fool’s Day may seem like a long time off as you read this, but running Windows XP after Microsoft ceases Windows XP support means that you are behaving like a fool. […]

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Figure Out Your Daily Revenue Target

A daily revenue target can be a powerful motivator. If nothing else, it is a useful way to track your success over time. Here is how to figure out what you need to make every day: Write down your target take-home salary. Add your total expenses, including employees, partners’ target salaries, etc. Divide by 242. […]

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Gifts of Real Estate to Religious Corporations

Gifts of real estate to religious bodies are rare, but frequently the donee is misidentified.  Many churches are known by abbreviated versions of their full name, e.g., “St. Jude’s Catholic Church” is actually “The Church of Saint Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi, Minnesota.” Many times the beneficiary is unaware of an intended gift, and has […]

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