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Minnesota State Law Library Service to Prisoners Marks 30th Anniversary

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the Law Library Service to Prisoners (LLSP), a collaborative program between the Minnesota State Law Library (MSLL) and the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC).  Operating without cost to the taxpayers of the State of Minnesota, LLSP provides law library service to DOC inmates incarcerated in Minnesota state facilities, as […]

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November 2015

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Announcing MSBA webinar series for newcomers (and long-timers)

Whether you’re a law student, new member or just looking to get more out of your MSBA membership, the MSBA Onboarding Webinar series is a great way to learn more about the valuable tools and services included with your membership. These webinars are 30-minute online sessions meant to help you get the most out of […]

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MSBA member blogs: Follow and write!

We’ve added a new blog to our website: MSBA Voices is designed to capture our members’ experiences and initiatives in their practices or in the MSBA. The first articles, posted during Pro Bono Week (October 26-30), featured members’ responses to “Why I volunteer….” Visit to read their stories. Elsewhere in this issue of Bench […]

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Cyber Insurance: What Minnesota Lawyers Need to Know

Cyber liability insurance is a relatively new and still-evolving product. Some researchers currently argue that small to medium businesses (SMBs) or “late adopters” are the most in need of the protections it can afford. Here’s a primer to help you sort out whether cyber insurance is right for your business clients—or your own firm. This article […]

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The Close Corporation Privilege Trap

The troubled legacy of Evans v. Blesi and the Minnesota courts Beware the shareholder dispute in closely held corporations: Owing to a problematic 31-year-old bit of case law, questions  could be raised about who exactly  is your client—and who is not. Thirty-one years ago the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued its decision in Evans v. Blesi.1 […]

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FASD and the Courts: A Reference for Legal Professionals

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an invisible affliction thought to affect 2 to 5 percent of the general population—and a much higher proportion of criminal defendants. Learning to recognize and deal appropriately with it in the legal system points the way to better administration of justice and more efficient courts. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder […]

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Crunching Numbers

File aging can be a legitimate issue in the operation of the lawyer disciplinary system, but in the past year or so it feels as if there has been more anecdotal concern expressed about how long disciplinary investigations take than ever before. But analysis and decisions based upon anecdotes can be misguided. There are, of […]

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear . . .

In June of this year, the MSBA Assembly adopted a recommendation to form a task force to consider whether we should support development of a new, non-attorney category of licensed legal service providers. This is an idea that has generated a good deal of apprehension among our members, many of whom are feeling economic pressure […]

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IOLTA Dollars Work Harder in Prime Partner Banks

Most every lawyer or firm that handles client funds has an Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) account through their financial institution. IOLTA accounts are used to hold pooled client funds or third-person deposits to be held for a short time. Despite widespread familiarity with the ethical rules governing maintenance of these accounts, most attorneys […]

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