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April 2016

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Lake Law 101 – Or: So You Want To Own a Cabin…

Owning a place ‘up north’ is the stuff of Minnesotans’ dreams. But along with the rustic setting and the sun-dappled shoreline, there comes a thicket of laws, regulations and potential boundary disputes that the wise would-be purchaser will get to know. It seems that owning a cabin in northern Minnesota is every Minnesotan’s dream. The […]

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Ending Discrimination Against Women Globally—and Locally

MSBA backs ratification of CEDAW, a long-stalled UN convention on the elimination of discrimination against women. On December 11, 2015, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) unanimously passed a resolution supporting efforts to end discrimination against women here and abroad through the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). A […]

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A Jounce, A Pat, A Plop, A Plunk: Minnesota’s Broad New Assault Crime

A pair of Minnesota court decisions have upended traditional definitions of what constitutes assault First came State v. Fleck, a 2012 Minnesota Supreme Court decision that significantly dissociated two types of assault crimes—assault-fear and assault-harm. Then, this year, an appellate court further hairied matters with its decision in State v. Dorn, churning up more questions for […]

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Non-compete Agreements: The Latest Minnesota/ Wisconsin Border Battle

Wisconsin decision puts the states at odds over non-compete provisions in employment agreements. Thanks to a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, the law in Minnesota and its neighboring state now differs on the key, threshold issue of whether continuation of existing employment supports a non-compete agreement. Minnesota employers may want to rethink choice of law […]

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‘Justice is not simply a result’

An interview with the newest member of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Natalie Hudson Governor Mark Dayton appointed Justice Natalie Hudson to the Minnesota Supreme Court on October 26, 2015. She had previously served for 13 years on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, to which she was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002. Justice Hudson started […]

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Change happens. And that’s good.

I am a lifelong Minnesotan. I have lived in the Twin Cities since infancy. I went to public schools in a large suburban district.  Almost everyone in my world looked like me and spoke English—my relatives, my neighbors, my friends, my teachers, the folks who worked in the gas station, stores and restaurants, the political […]

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‘That’s a terrible job’: How this lawyer ended up director of the OLPR

In December 2015, I told a family member that I had an interview for the position of director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) and the Client Security Board (CSB). The response? “That’s a terrible job: whiny complainants, lawyers as respondents (!) and opposing counsel, mostly frivolous complaints, and your peers think you […]

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Meet Claudia Revermann: ‘I decide what I will focus on’

CLAUDIA REVERMANN practices in the areas of trust and estate planning, taxation, business law, and family law. She is also a certified public accountant. Prior to practicing law, she worked in a large regional accounting firm, doing tax compliance and lending litigation support to family law attorneys and their clients. After working in other law firms […]

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MSBA award recipients to be honored at April assembly 

At the upcoming meeting of the MSBA Assembly on Friday, April 22, three annual awards will be presented to members in recognition of outstanding service in different facets of the legal profession. The MSBA’s David Graven Public Service Award is given to members who best exemplify the high standards of the profession in combination with […]

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