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December 2016

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A Fresh Look at the Problem of Unpublished Opinions

Why it’s time to reconsider Minnesota’s approach Members of the bar have long chafed at the designation of appellate opinions as “unpublished.” But the concept has many judicial defenders, including past and present judges on the Court of Appeals. In this article, a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and his former law clerk argue for […]

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Why Your Firm Needs an Ethics Partner. Now.

Recent changes in law make it a top priority Recent legal developments dictate that every law firm in Minnesota should designate a firm ethics counsel. First and foremost, the law on in-firm attorney-client privilege has undergone a tectonic shift—but there are many vital reasons to take this step now if you haven’t already. Does your […]

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Digital Assets After Death: RUFADAA and its implications

The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which became effective in Minnesota earlier this year, has largely resolved the Catch-22 that faces trustees and estate administrators by creating a workable framework for disposing of digital assets after death. Attorneys who do estate planning work should familiarize themselves and their clients with its terms. Cloud computing […]

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When School’s Out Forever

Counseling indebted students after their school closes Recent high-profile school closures, like that of ITT-Tech, have left thousands of students across the country confused about their legal options.1 Closer to home, the Minnesota Attorney General has obtained an order that might lead local schools like the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University to close […]

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Juvenile justice and redemption

It’s the holiday season, and it seems like everywhere we turn, we encounter messages of redemption. From music to movies, from commercials to the great classics, we hear that the holiday spirit means forgiving ourselves and others, repaying debts, making things right, and doing the hard work required every day to honor our word and […]

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Client confidentiality and client criticisms

The Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB), at its September 30, 2016, meeting, voted to adopt Opinion 24. The Opinion provides: Rule 1.6(a), Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC), generally prohibits a lawyer from knowingly revealing information relating to the representation of a client. Contained within the subsections of Rule 1.6(b), MRPC, however, are eleven enumerated […]

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Meet Camille Bryant: ‘I wanted to have a more direct, positive impact on others’

After nearly a decade as an engineer at 3M, CAMILLE BRYANT left to attend law school. She has worked as a state public defender since graduating from law school. Tell us about your work as an assistant public defender. I work and advocate for people who have been charged with a crime and are unable […]

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Real change is hard. And necessary.

In legal aid programs, it can become easy enough to think we’re doing our social justice work, and addressing systemic discrimination, simply by serving our clients every day. But I’ve come to realize that what we’re already doing in our day-to-day work is not nearly enough. Legal aid clients throughout Minnesota, as across the country, […]

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Volunteer for mock trial season

The MSBA’s high school mock trial is seeking volunteer judges and attorney coaches statewide for the upcoming 2017 Mock Trial competitions. The program offers an exciting law-related educational opportunity that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Students will exercise their critical thinking and teamwork […]

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