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for: ‘June, 2016’

Meet Munazza Humayun: ‘Your role is to be a public servant’

MUNAZZA HUMAYUN is a human services judge at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She previously worked as an unemployment law judge and appellate attorney at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. She is a trained mediator and active volunteer at the Conflict Resolution Center in Minneapolis.   What led you to seek […]

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Some parting thoughts

As we approach the conclusion of our bar year at the end of June, this is my last opportunity to take stock and review the progress we have made, as well as to identify some of the challenges that lie ahead. Here are a few thoughts on my mind as we head toward our convention […]

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Demystifying the handling of lawyer complaints

No one likes to receive communications from the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, particularly in envelopes marked “Personal and Confidential.” Your heart may miss a beat, or a pit may form in your stomach, and your first thought may be, “What have I done?” I know I felt that way when, as a young lawyer, […]

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Nova scores again

Nova Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school in St. Paul and this year’s state mock trial champion, took third place at the 2016 high school National Mock Trial Tournament on May 14. Seniors Caroline Behling-Hess, Mary Clare Burke, Sophia Cherif, Ignasi Dorca, Hannah Hoefs, Liam Magistad, Anya Magnuson, and Luke Westawker ran an undefeated 2016 […]

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New court opinions by email service

The MSBA is moving its popular CourtOps service to a new system, CasemakerDigest. Current subscribers will be automatically migrated to the new system. To set your preferences, you can access CasemakerDigest from the Tools menu on the main Casemaker website. Once you are on the CasemakerDigest website, you’ll be able to set up weekly or […]

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This Month: Bernard CLE On Demand 

On April 27, the MSBA hosted another hot topics CLE, State v. Bernard—the SCOTUS Breakdown. A panel of experts, including an attorney of record and amici, analyzed the April 20 SCOTUS oral argument, which focused on different types of breath tests and the feasibility of obtaining a warrant. Panelists also debated the constitutional arguments raised […]

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Video: Managing student debt

The MSBA recently hosted a program on student loan repayment featuring two specialists in the field. Their presentation, “Student Loan Repayment: Learn to know what you owe and how to manage it,” is now available for viewing free of charge at the MSBA website. Just visit, click on the CLE Events tab and then […]

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Coming soon: Land use law ebook 

The MSBA is pleased to announce the release of Karen E. Marty’s new ebook, Minnesota Land Use Law. This volume addresses all aspects of Minnesota land use law, organizing and presenting the myriad Minnesota cases and statutes that affect any given land use issue. Included are topics such as nonconforming uses of zoning and planning […]

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Notes & Trends – May/June 2016

Current developments in Judicial Law, Legislation, and Executive Action together with a foretaste of Emergent Trends in law and the legal profession for the complete Minnesota lawyer. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIAL LAW • SONAR: Limits on prevailing wage protections. The Minnesota Supreme Court relied upon a rulemaking statement of need and reasonableness (SONAR) to determine that […]

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Deportation proceedings

Aliens face substantial difficulty in deportation cases, known formally as “removal proceedings,” when the government seeks to oust them from this country. Some of the obstacles were reflected in recent rulings of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and one by its Minnesota counterpart. Each immigrant lost the right to stay in this country under […]

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