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January 2017

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The 2017 legislative session: A primer on MSBA priorities

The 2017 legislative session is underway and the MSBA’s experienced lobbying team is at the Capitol, working hard to advance strategic initiatives to benefit the public and our justice system. We have a number of opportunities this session. The Republicans now control both the House and the Senate. This gives us the chance to build […]

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The Cohabitation Conundrum: What’s new in Minnesota’s new cohabitation law?

In August Minnesota enacted a new subdivision to Minn. Stat. §518.552 that permits the modification, reservation, suspension or termination of spousal maintenance obligations owing to a recipient’s cohabitation. This article examines the analytical standards that should be brought to bear in assessing potential legal action on the basis of the new law. Effective August 1, […]

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‘Like’-ly Litigation: Social-media use sends Minnesota students, employers to court

Recent Minnesota cases demonstrate the power of social media but also its legal pitfalls. The legal issues stemming from social-media use cut across practice areas and implicate core principles ranging from personal jurisdiction to the power of courts to regulate and restrain speech.   A few keystrokes on Facebook or Twitter can have immediate, far-reaching effect. […]

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Reanimating Dead Law: Employer sorcery after the Minnesota Whistleblower Act amendments

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature amended the Minnesota Whistleblower Act to expand the law’s protections for employees. But many courts seem unaware of the amendments’ existence or, when aware, wary of departing from years of precedent. In November 2016, a federal judge certified the question of the continuing validity of the expose-an-illegality rule to the […]

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FAQ: The coming MSP sick time/safe time ordinances

What is this? Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have passed ordinances providing that all employees who perform work in the city for at least 80 hours per year are entitled to earn paid sick and safe time. This includes employees who are based in and/or primarily work in other cities, if they work at least […]

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2016 year in review: Public discipline

Public discipline in professional responsibility cases is imposed not to punish the attorney, but to protect the public, the profession and the judicial system, and to deter future misconduct by the attorney and others. As of December 15, 2016, 42 attorneys were publicly disciplined in 2016, with discipline ranging from a reprimand to disbarment. This […]

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Meet Gerald Wallace: ‘A great place to work and solve problems’

GERALD WALLACE, a native of Duluth, focuses his practice in the areas of Criminal Defense, Family, Estate, Probate, and Real Estate. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University and his J.D. from the University of Dayton (Ohio). He is married with two children.   What led you to open a solo practice right after […]

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Urban Ventures: Our story

Andre Roberts was addicted to heroin. He spent six of the last eight years in prison doing time for an assortment of drug offenses. Shortly before his last stint began, Andre’s girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl, Jessica. She was his first daughter. Seeing Jessica for the first time, something in Andre changed—he felt […]

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Notes & Trends – January 2017

BANKRUPTCY LAW JUDICIAL LAW • District court affirms order denying substantive consolidation. The Unsecured Creditor’s Committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis sought to substantively consolidate the debtor with a number of entities, including 187 separately incorporated parishes, various high schools, and other targeted entities, on behalf […]

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