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February 2016

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Just Saying No: The Limits of Warrantless Searches

A case involving Minnesota’s DWI test refusal statute could yield a major 4th Amendment decision from the United States Supreme Court Minnesota is one of a handful of U.S. states that have criminalized the refusal to submit to a warrantless search in suspected DUI cases. This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will review a Minnesota […]

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Judicare: The ‘low bono’ option you may not know

Do Good. Gain experience. (Get paid.) We are all familiar with the enormous justice gap nationally and in Minnesota. Staff attorney legal aid programs in Minnesota are so swamped and underfunded that they must turn away two of every three eligible clients.1 In Minnesota, there is one private attorney for every 369 people living above […]

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The Evolving World of Employee Leave 

How some states are filling in the gaps left by the FMLA The place to start when addressing a request for medical or sick leave is the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But challenges to application of the FMLA are compounded by what are commonly referred to as mini-FMLAs—state medical leave laws such […]

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Introducing the Legal Tech Assessment

The MSBA is on track to be the first bar association to offer the Procertas Legal Tech Assessment (LTA) as a member benefit. The LTA is the brain child of Casey Flaherty, former counsel for Kia Motors. Flaherty created the LTA to test whether Kia’s outside counsel knew its way around common software tools well […]

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Appellate Section raises $2K for Page Foundation at social hour event

The MSBA Appellate Practice Section recently hosted a social hour featuring retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page. In his remarks, Page expressed appreciation for the collegiality among members of the Minnesota Supreme Court, contrasting it with the highest court in our neighboring state of Wisconsin. He also emphasized the need for addressing racial injustice […]

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MSBA Alternative Legal Models Task Force appointed

In January MSBA President Mike Unger named the following members to the MSBA’s Alternative Legal Models Task Force: Kenneth White and Susan Wiens (co-chairs), Sally Dahlquist, Hon. Michele Davis, Bridget Gernander, Leondra Hanson, Marcy Harris, Charla Hunter, April King, Ellen Krug, Lawrence McDonough, Fred Ojile, Jon Olson, Elizabeth Reppe, Hon. John Rodenberg, Maren Schroeder, Traci […]

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Court issues orders 

Amending rules of Continuing Legal Education In response to a joint petition filed by the MSBA and the MN Board of Continuing Legal Education requesting that the cap on the number of credits allowed for law office management be eliminated, the court issued an order promulgating that change effective July 1, 2016. The recommendation that […]

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Join the MSBA on London trip

Be a part of the MSBA delegation to London in May. Curious about how the UK legal system operates? Join MSBA President Mike Unger as he leads a group of your Minnesota colleagues in an international exchange of legal developments with your overseas counterparts. Through first-hand observation of a local trial, interactions with barristers and […]

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Spring cleaning: Update your online presence 

On Thursday, March 24, the MSBA will offer members an opportunity to take advantage of a number of services, including Video Day and Headshot Day. This ‘Spring Cleaning’ event will allow members to update their digital properties and get advice (and CLE credit) from experts, staff and other members. The day will kick off with a CLE presentation […]

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