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for: ‘October, 2015’

The Nations Within: An Indian Law FAQ

Indian law is a complex, difficult, and sometimes contradictory patchwork that varies enormously in substance and application from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. It can seem an impenetrable maze to the outside practitioner; this primer on its history and key principles is designed to serve as an aid to navigation. So you know that Minnesota is the […]

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A Blind Spot in the Law

In May the Minnesota Court of Appeals held the state’s criminal defamation statute unconstitutional—leaving victims and prosecutors with less recourse against “revenge porn” and similar problems. Now a legislative working group is looking to plug that hole in the law while staying on the right side of the 1st Amendment.   By invalidating Minnesota’s criminal-defamation statute as unconstitutional, the […]

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Coming soon to a computer near you: Minnesota Court Records

After months of deliberation, Minnesota courts have opted to make more of their records electronically accessible through the internet. Though some restrictions remain in place—especially regarding juveniles or pending criminal matters—the result is a much more publicly open system. When the Minnesota Supreme Court convened an advisory committee in 2003 to study whether and to […]

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Meet Pete Radosevich: ‘Everything a small town lawyer is asked to do’

PETE RADOSEVICH is a personal injury, divorce, and litigation attorney practicing in the small town of Esko, between Duluth and Cloquet in northern Minnesota. Born and raised in the Duluth area, he spent 15 years in the Twin Cities before figuring out how to get back home. He also makes some of the best pizza […]

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Private Probation: Saving a Career?

On average, the Minnesota Supreme Court orders a period of probation for seven attorneys each year. Almost all of these are attached to a public reprimand for some act (or acts) of misconduct sufficiently serious to warrant public discipline, yet not so serious as to require that the attorney be suspended. Attorneys reinstated from suspension […]

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The MSBA’s Legislative Advocacy Program

The MSBA’s legislative agenda is developed through an interactive process that involves practice-area sections and standing committees. In anticipation of the 2016 Minnesota legislative session, MSBA members began legislative planning this month. Committees and sections develop legislative proposals and take them to the Legislative Committee. The Legislative Committee vets the proposals and then makes recommendations […]

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Access to Justice infographic wins praise 

In August, Bench & Bar ran a two-page infographic entitled “State of Access to Justice in Minnesota.” The spread summarizing statewide ATJ data generated a lot of buzz on social media, prompting retweets and reposts from organizations around the U.S. as well as in Minnesota. Some of the local reaction: Ellen Krug, Executive Director of […]

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Got a photo in your member profile yet?

MSBA’s free member headshot events are a hit. In the past month successful events were held in Richfield (thanks to the firm of Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks, PA for hosting!) and in Mankato (hosted by the Sixth District Bar Association). Watch for announcements of additional events as they’re scheduled. According to studies of […]

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Call for members of Alternative Legal Models Task Force

The MSBA is looking for members who are interested in appointment to the Alternative Legal Models Task Force. The task force, whose creation is pursuant to action taken by the MSBA Assembly in June, will examine the advisability of supplementing traditional lawyer representation through the creation of a new type of limited-scope certified legal assistance […]

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Mo’ Bono Publico

This past summer Minneapolis played host to a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation of America. They help fund Legal Aid programs throughout our country, and form the backbone of our nation’s pro bono resources. The LSC president eloquently reminds us that both the first sentence of our Constitution (“We […]

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