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July 2015

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Dealing with Unrepresented Persons

The rules relating to the adversary system in a “perfect world” envision two equal parties represented by competent, diligent counsel who play fair under the rules of professional conduct, civil or criminal procedure, evidence, etc.  On some occasions, it turns out that way—but frequently it does not.  This may never be truer than when an […]

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Lawyers Making a Difference

My first MSBA experience was serving as a volunteer on something called the Court Rules committee, about 25 years ago. As a young plaintiff personal injury lawyer at the time, I was thrilled to participate in an association that could make a difference in formulating the court rules that so affected both my professional life […]

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MSBA President 2015-16: Mike Unger

Getting It Done With Mike Unger Mike Unger, the incoming president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, is entering office with a to-do list, and he’s already started checking things off. Noting that he’s always been impressed by people who get things done, Unger explains his philosophy of service this way: “I’m practically oriented. I just […]

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My Trip to the State Bar Convention (1927)

Introduction by Justice David Lillehaug Years ago I practiced at the Minneapolis law firm that is now Stinson Leonard Street, where a colleague shared with me a short essay by founding partner George B. Leonard. In the essay, which I have edited for length and clarity, Leonard describes his driving trip to the 1927 state […]

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A New Day in Minnesota Trust Law

The first major revision of Minnesota trust law in a generation will take effect next year. The new Chapter 501C, which incorporates many features of the Uniform Trust Code, seeks to fill in the blanks in the state’s 1989 statute and to make Minnesota more competitive in an ever-changing trust landscape. [Editor’s note: An abridged […]

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Notes & Trends – July 2015

Current developments in Judicial Law, Legislation, and Executive Action together with a foretaste of Emergent Trends in law and the legal profession for the complete Minnesota lawyer. CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • 4th Amendment: Inevitable discovery exception does not apply to statements. Appellant was convicted of first- and second-degree assault following a jury trial. A stabbing […]

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2015 Legislative Session Recap 

In a year marked by the return of divided government in Minnesota—and the passage of a record-low number of bills—the interests of the bar were nonetheless well served. Session highlights included increased funding for the justice system and a package of major family law reforms. Groucho Marx is credited with saying, “Politics is the art […]

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Using Transcripts of Audio Recordings During Trial

5 Basic Rules Every Judge & Attorney Should Know 1. General rule:  Transcripts of audio recordings played during trial may be provided to the jury to help them understand what is said in the recording. The decision to furnish jurors with copies of a transcript to assist them in listening to the audio recording is subject […]

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Following the publication of the 2015 North Star Lawyers recognition ad in the Star Tribune on June 4, we’ve been encouraging the pro bono contributors featured in the ad to tweet selfies with the hashtag #NorthStarLawyer. If you were among those recognized, please join your colleagues in celebrating and promoting the program on Twitter.

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