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August 2015

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Meet Blair Nelson: ‘Small firm practice chose me’

Blair Nelson is an MSBA Certified Criminal Law Specialist who has been based in Bemidji since 1996. He is licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota’s State and Federal courts.  He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, and the University of North Dakota School of Law. How would you describe your practice? I […]

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Top Ten List

I miss David Letterman! Letterman retired in May of this year, and I will be joining him at the end of this year.1 What I particularly miss is Letterman’s almost nightly and usually goofy “top ten list” segment. I did not think I would miss that bit, but I find that I do. The Office of […]

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Advice-of-Counsel Defense Extended

A ruling earlier this year by the Minnesota Supreme Court may have significant impact on the way lawyers interact with and advise clients in this state. In Sysdyne Corp. v. Rousslang, 860 N.W.2d 347 (Minn. 3/4/2015), the Court narrowly affirmed a ruling of the court of appeals immunizing a company from liability for tortious interference […]

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Impeaching Prior Inconsistent Statements

As most trial judges know, many attorneys do not know how to properly impeach a witness using a deposition or other prior inconsistent statement. This training update is intended to serve as a set of general principles and guidelines for trial attorneys to learn and follow. The process of impeaching a witness can be accurately […]

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King v. Burwell: Last Piece of Obamacare Puzzle?

With the resolution of King v. Burwell, the major constitutional questions regarding the Affordable Care Act appear to be settled. But the law remains in need of numerous fixes—most of which face dim political prospects. Okay. We’re done—maybe—with serious judicial challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.1 The Supreme Court issued […]

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A Debt to Modernity

The personal exemptions granted to debtors under Minnesota law have grown antiquated in many respects, failing to take into account changes in values, technology and our collective sense of what constitutes “injury.” It’s time to refashion those laws for the realities of the 21st Century. “Here’s a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man’s right […]

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Vaccines and the Law

Where mandatory childhood immunizations are concerned, questions of public health, personal belief, and the dictates of law now collide on an alarmingly regular basis. Here’s a primer on the essentials of state and federal law on the subject. Generations of American school children have been taught about the heroic achievement of Dr. Jonas Salk, who […]

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Notes & Trends – August 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. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIAL LAW • United States Supreme Court declines to apply Chevron while upholding Affordable Care Act. The United States Supreme Court declined to give Chevron deference […]

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LSC honors top MN pro bono lawyers

The Legal Services Corporation honored five Minnesota pro bono attorneys for their outstanding volunteer service at an awards reception at Dorsey & Whitney on July 17. The winners were Steve Kirsch (Briggs & Morgan), Larry McDowell (Wurst & McDowell), Tom Kramer (Kramer Law Office), Frank Bibeau, and Nora Sandstad (St. Louis County Attorney). Former Vice […]

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