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September 2016

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DIY Legal Tech: Do More, Work Less

Using document automation to speed up much of the routine work of lawyering In the average solo or small firm, 40 percent of the hours that lawyers work aren’t billed. You can buy yourself extra time by automating documents used regularly in your practice—on your own or with the help of software packages. But don’t underestimate […]

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Your Money or Your Data

Trends in other industries make it clear that lawyers must prepare  for ransomware attacks. Here’s how to get started. Earlier this year, ransomware cyber attacks at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and MedStar Health, based in Columbia, Maryland, made headlines and alarmed health providers and patients. The ransomware attacks, which involve a virus […]

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eFiling Without Tears

FAQ: What Minnesota Lawyers Need to Know The eFiling and eService of documents with Minnesota courts is now mandatory throughout the state. In this FAQ for MSBA members, a judge and an information technology officer from the courts review some of the more common queries about the process and its requirements. We want to thank […]

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Drone Regulations at Last!

FAA releases Part 107 (small systems) rules As of August 29, 2016,1  commercial Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) operators may but no longer have to wait for Section 333 commercial use exemptions. The FAA expects that the newly enacted Part 107 regulations will provide a quicker and cheaper alternative means of accessing the National Airspace System […]

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Expungement’s Shades of Gray

Minnesota’s new expungement law is raising issues of interpretation and implementation A year-plus after it took effect, Minnesota’s new criminal expungement statute is posing questions of interpretation for attorneys, courts, and state agencies. Ambiguities in the law include the legal status of stays of imposition, the eligibility of DWI convictions for expungement, and the correct application […]

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Market Disruption and Our Call for Engagement

Last month, I attended the American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. This meant lots of great food, a remarkable visit to Alcatraz with Rebecca Rhoda Fisher (one of two national winners of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s Pro Bono Champion Award), and the exciting chance to exchange ideas with bar leaders from across […]

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Communities of color and the law: We must be bold

If you are a Hmong woman and your husband has beaten you repeatedly, working up the courage to come to the Domestic Abuse Service Center at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for help is not easy. But walking in the door and being introduced to one of our advocates, who also is Hmong, must be […]

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After Castile: Advancing a vital conversation

On August 11, the MSBA and 10 affinity bar co-sponsors presented After Castile: A Forum on Race and Criminal Justice.1 The event, which drew 188 in-person attendees and another 200+ viewers at nine remote locations around the state, featured a panel discussion moderated by Judge Peter Reyes; panelists included Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds, Minnesota […]

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Is your trust account in order?

Handling other people’s money carries with it serious responsibilities. I am glad I have never had to maintain a trust account. Large firms have the luxury of dedicating specific individuals (attorneys and bookkeepers) to that task; in-house counsel and lawyers in public service rarely handle client funds directly. My brother, an attorney, recently opened his […]

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