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An Elegant Balancing Act: Lawyers as Legislators

Not a few persons trained as lawyers have found themselves called to make law as well as interpret it, and they bring a special perspective to the legislative process.  The role of legislator also poses some unique challenges for lawyers, especially where Minnesota encourages legislators to have a career outside politics. Lawyers have had a […]

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Minnesota’s LLC Makeover: Increased Certainty Heightens LLCs’ Appeal

Minnesota’s new LLC act, adopted in 2014, will automatically cover all the state’s newly formed LLCs as of August 1, 2015 and will cover all Minnesota LLCs as of January 1, 2018, regardless of when they were created.  The new statute makes Minnesota a more competitive venue and may encourage more businesses to subject themselves to Minnesota […]

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Crisis Communications & Social Media: The Game Just Got Tougher

The rise of social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter has given everyone the ability potentially to shape a public narrative, at times to the detriment of a lawyer’s client.  Understanding these new media and the new communications environment can help the attorney prepare for and respond effectively to a client’s next communications crisis. Anyone […]

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Social Skills Practice

One of the privileges of being MSBA President is the opportunity to travel across the state visiting district bar associations at their annual meetings.  It’s a great way to meet members and learn about the issues facing district bars.  These meetings are a lot of fun too.  My recent visit to the 12th District’s winter […]

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Summary of Public Discipline

Again this year, this column will feature a summary of the previous year’s public discipline decisions1 in addition to a summary of private disciplinary dispositions, which will follow next month.  Even though public discipline decisions can be obtained from various sources (especially on the internet), such as from the LPRB website or the Minnesota Supreme […]

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Evidentiary Rulings

Winning an appeal by arguing evidentiary error is exceedingly difficult—in part because rules for preserving an evidentiary ruling for appeal are not codified in one place—but here are five of the most important rules to follow to preserve an evidentiary ruling for appeal: 1. All evidentiary questions must first be presented to the trial court.  […]

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SLAPP Suits

More than 30 states, including Minnesota, recognize the right of a defendant to raise as a defense that its underlying behavior was aimed at securing favorable action by a public body.  Designed to deter SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) suits, the Minnesota law that immunizes conduct directed to obtaining favorable government action (Minn. Stat. […]

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February 2015

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When a Reporter Calls

Move fast. Many reporters have deadlines more demanding than those of lawyers. It could be disastrous to wait a day or even a couple hours to return a reporter’s call. Buy time. Ask about the reporter’s deadline and ask her to respect your schedule. If the deadline is in an hour, ask for 15 minutes so you […]

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Meet Beth Wiberg Barbosa

Beth Wiberg Barbosa is a partner with Michales and Barbosa in Eden Prairie practicing family law. With over 15 years of family law experience, she is known as a strong but compassionate advocate with both litigation and negotiating skills.  Barbosa is an active member of the MSBA serving on several committees. How would you describe […]

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