Bench & Bar of Minnesota is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Introducing the Law School Initiative (LSI)

The Law School Initiative (LSI) is a new MSBA effort to actively engage students at the start of their legal careers. It’s designed to demonstrate the core value of membership well before our newest members enter into the practice of law. To do this, LSI offers students opportunities to make meaningful connections with practicing attorneys. Recent projects include:

  • Writing projects: Students are answering our calls for submissions to blog posts, section publications and Bench & Bar. See, for example, U of MN 3L Richard Sharp’s Medi-juana and the Workplace in the December 2015 Bench & Bar.
  • Ask Me Anything: Kevin Dunlevy generously hosted our first AMA on Reddit, where he answered questions about his role as a real-estate litigator and a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. Watch the LSI newsletter for upcoming AMAs.
  • On-boarding and 101 webinars: Our onboarding webinars introduce students to member benefits and networking strategies. 101 Webinars are open discussions on the real-world, day-to-day concerns in various practice areas.
  • Sections involvement: Sections are exploring the production of student-led CLE-style events with the support of a section mentor.

Our student membership is swelling as a result of LSI projects. Contact Mike Carlson if you’d like to volunteer to support an LSI initiative or if you’d like to be added to the LSI newsletter ( We are especially interested in your AMA recommendations and identifying webinar hosts.

Look for upcoming AMAs from Casey Flaherty and Mark Lanterman. Flaherty is founder of Procertas and creator of the Legal Tech Assessment. Lanterman is a former member of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and CTO at Computer Forensic Services.

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