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KNOW YOUR CARTA QUIZ

How well do you know the Magna Carta? Take this short quiz to see how much you know.

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September 2015

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Student Gets Schooled In Unemployment Compensation Law

As students join teachers and administrative personnel and staff in flocking back to public and private schools in Minnesota to begin the 2015-2016 academic year, they can learn from a recent ruling of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In a mid-summer decision, the appellate court upheld denial of unemployment compensation benefits by the Department of […]

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Felony Sentencings & Probation Violation Hearings

THE ONE THING A JUDGE SHOULD NEVER SAY During a felony sentencing or probation violation hearing (PVH), judges may warn defendants that a violation of probation can have serious ramifications, but the court should never promise, announce or otherwise imply that the court will send the defendant to prison if he/she violates conditions of their […]

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Notes & Trends – September 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. BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Default interest rate enforceable in bankruptcy. The 8th Circuit has held that a clause in a Note which provided that upon default, the interest […]

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How to Leave Your Law Firm and Live to Tell the Tale

Lawyer mobility is a commonplace in the modern legal economy. And while some partings are bound to be emotionally fraught, careful adherence to best practices can minimize any legal or ethical jeopardy. Here’s how. In today’s legal market, the idea of an associate or a partner leaving their firm to join another has become almost […]

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Lawyers Specialize. Courts Should Too.

Over time, lawyering has only grown more specialized; our courts remain committed to a generalist, jack-of-all-trades approach. Should it remain so? No, argues one longtime central Minnesota attorney: Progress ought to mean more specialization on the bench, too. “The history of learning amounts to a history of specialization.” – Beryl Smalley, Historians In The Middle […]

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Improving Our Values Proposition

When I first began attending national conferences of bar leaders, I was surprised to learn that many, if not most, states have a mandatory bar association. If we followed that model here, we would have thousands of additional members. We could lower our dues, expand our member services, or opt for a little of both. […]

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Client Files: The ABA Weighs In

What took them so long? The issue of returning client files—or, more technically, what constitutes the papers and property to which a former client is entitled upon termination of representation—is a common source of advisory opinion requests, complaints and even discipline.1 It is a topic on which not all scholars and ethics experts agree. Yet […]

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Meet Johanna Clyborne: ‘In our third year we thought, why not?’

JOHANNA CLYBORNE is a partner and shareholder at Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich, LLC, where she practices in family, criminal, and military family law. She regularly advises on military benefits and Military Pension Division issues. When not practicing law, Johanna actively serves in the Minnesota Army National Guard as a brigade commander, holding the rank colonel. […]

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