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When “Public Space” Isn’t Public

Shopping malls may be the new town squares in many respects, but in Minnesota and many other states, citizens leave their free speech rights at the door. The Black Lives Matter protesters who rallied inside the Mall of America last December drew attention not only to police practices and race relations, but also the rights […]

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Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession

Changes in technology, economics and client expectations are producing wholesale disruptions in the traditional practice of law. But for those who understand and embrace the challenges, argues a new book from Oxford University Press, there’s a brighter future ahead. Charles Dickens wrote Bleak House as a serial in the 1850s and published it as a […]

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“American lawyers are a hardy bunch”

Glass Half Full author Benjamin Barton talks about the changes buffeting the legal profession—and the grounds for his abiding optimism about its future The narrative arc of Ben Barton’s Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession describes a tough balancing act: The book is a daunting catalog of the many  challenges sweeping […]

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See you in (Court) Arbitration: The Treatment of Arbitration Agreements in Minnesota Courts

It’s a long-established principle that state and federal courts hold arbitration in high regard. But some related issues – such as whether courts or arbitrators are to decide particular matters – are not as widely understood. If you seek to enforce or contest an arbitration agreement, you must be aware that courts view arbitration with […]

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Meet Bradley Frago: ‘The Most Difficult Chapter of Their Lives’

W. BRADLEY FRAGO, Frago & Lasswell, P.A., Northfield, Minnesota, limits his practice to family law, including a substantial alternate dispute resolution practice.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota law school and clerked for the Hon. John J. Weyrens in Litchfield before entering private practice.  Frago serves on the Executive Council of the MSBA Family […]

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Task Forces Offer Recommendations 

Reports and recommendations from the MSBA’s Future of Legal Education Task Force and the Challenges to the Practice of Law Task Force will be before the MSBA Assembly when it meets on June 26. Between them, the task forces have developed 15 recommendations, ranging from studying the viability of limited license legal technicians to petitioning […]

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MN Legal Ethics: New Edition Now Available

The new fifth edition of Minnesota Legal Ethics is now available. In it, author William Wernz continues to refine his definitive treatise on the ethical rules governing all Minnesota attorneys. The book has been updated to include 2014 and early 2015 developments. Insightful commentaries on two recent cases, State of Minnesota vs. 3M Company and […]

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Legislative Update: Success at the Capitol

The MSBA was a prominent and influential presence at the state Capitol during the 2015 legislative session. And though we’re waiting for the upcoming special session before we prepare a full briefing, we can report success in a variety of areas. The MSBA successfully supported adequate funding for the justice system. The final bill provides […]

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Mock Trial: Nova Rocks Nationals

Nova Classical Academy placed 4th in the nation at the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championships in Raleigh, NC, after preliminary competitions against South Korea, Hawaii, Ohio, and Massachusetts. For the second time in three years, Nova’s team earned the highest speaker point total at the championship. Captained by senior Margaret Flynn Sapia and […]

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