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July 2016

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MSBA President 2016-17: Robin Wolpert

A Long Road  to the Law As Robin Wolpert steps up to lead the Minnesota State Bar Association this summer, she won’t be the first woman to have done so. Nor will she be the first bar president who has worked in government or as corporate counsel. Certainly she won’t be the first president from […]

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Succession Planning: Rewarding the Senior Lawyer

Succession planning works best when retiring senior lawyers receive the proper monetary incentives to transition their clients to other lawyers in the firm. Succession planning is a hot topic at many law firms today. That should come as no surprise, with successful baby boomer rainmakers starting to retire in significant numbers. A critical component of any […]

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2016 Legislative Session Recap

At the Capitol, a short session and partisan divisions stymied a lot of legislation.  But most of the MSBA agenda—including family law reforms and a series of technical changes to other laws—was enacted. The end of the 2016 Minnesota legislative session brought to mind William Shakespeare’s line about how it’s better to be three hours […]

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A bar for everyone, with no one left out

I became a lawyer to empower people. And I joined the Minnesota State Bar Association to empower myself. Before I started my career as a lawyer, I spoke to a number of business entrepreneurs about how to deliver excellence and creativity in client service. Their advice? Go after opportunities for accelerated professional growth. Get diversified practice […]

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Meet Andrew Shaw: ‘You wear many hats’

ANDREW SHAW was born and raised in northern Minnesota and then lived in various places until settling in Alaska. After working as an insurance adjuster in remote places, he followed a lifelong desire to attend law school and return to northern Minnesota. He graduated from William Mitchell in 1989 and has practiced law throughout northern […]

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The unseen work of the OLPR

Investigating and prosecuting unprofessional conduct takes up most of the time of personnel in the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR), and is the primary responsibility of the OLPR pursuant to court rule.1 However, the OLPR performs a number of other important functions that might be of interest to attorneys in Minnesota. Advisory Opinions Every […]

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Stingley honored

The Labor and Employment Law Section proudly awarded Sue Stingley its Leonard Lindquist Award at its annual dinner on June 15, 2016. The award is given annually to a practicing or recently retired employment or labor attorney for contributions and service to the legal community and the community at large. Stingley, a well-known and highly […]

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MSBA launches new online communities 

The MSBA has launched new ways for members to engage with each other online. The communities at now offer members opportunities for online discussions, announcements, and document-sharing. will also host the documents and resources of the MSBA’s popular practicelaw program. Some new online communities are already underway, such as a new community for […]

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MSBA Assembly action 

At its June 24 meeting, the Assembly took the following actions: Adopted a proposal to expand the pool of members eligible to participate in the MSBA’s judicial poll for statewide contested races by allowing any individual attorney member of the MSBA to opt in, and any section to opt in. Adopted a proposal that the […]

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