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Meet Heidi Hovis: ‘Rural communities have opportunities for new lawyers’

HEIDI HOVIS worked as an Ameri-Corps VISTA and licensed social worker before going to law school. As an attorney, Heidi practiced in White Earth Band of Ojibwe’s tribal court before becoming a legal aid attorney in rural Minnesota. In her current role, Heidi is an enforcement officer with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.  Tell […]

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Congressional interest in lawyer advertising

I did not expect to receive letters from Congress when I was appointed as director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, but that is what my mail contained on March 10, 2017. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, wrote to me and all other lawyer regulation […]

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Making a Difference at the Bar Foundation

“The MSBF Impact Grant has made a tremendous difference in the lives of trafficked victims by supporting Standpoint to provide victim-centered legal advice and consultation.” – Rana Alexander, executive director, Standpoint The MSBA’s Minnesota State Bar Foundation exists for the express purpose of providing monetary grants to community and law-related programs and activities. We focus […]

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Throwing the MSBA hat over the wall

The Irish writer Frank O’Connor told the story of two boys wandering the countryside. Whenever they reached an orchard wall that was too imposing for them to continue their journey, they would take off their hats and throw them over the wall. That way, they would have no choice but to climb the wall and […]

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Notes & Trends – April 2017

Commercial and Consumer Law JUDICIAL LAW • Precision is required. Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) §9-406, as a general rule, protects the account debtor on an account, chattel paper or a payment intangible (see UCC §3-602 for the negotiable instrument rule) by allowing the discharge of the payment obligation by paying the assignor in the event of an […]

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Public Finance Associate

Barnes & Thornburg seeks a public finance associate for our Minneapolis office. Ideal candidates should have prior experience in public finance or a strong interest in learning how public finance transactions are done. Candidates with experience in sophisticated transactions, or individuals, who are just finishing federal or state clerkships, would also be acceptable. Barnes & […]

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Recognition of tribal court orders and judgments

The MSBA has submitted a request to appear at a public hearing, along with summary comments, to the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice. The Court Committee solicited input regarding a petition to amend Rule 10 of the General Rules of Practice, which addresses recognition of tribal court orders and judgments. […]

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Check out Fastcase improvements

As you may have heard, the MSBA renewed its relationship with Fastcase effective January 1, 2017. Through this partnership, the MSBA is able to offer members free legal research (a savings of almost $1,000 annually). According to a recent survey conducted by Clio, Fastcase is the number two legal research tool in the market, trailing […]

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A message from the Minnesota ADR Ethics Board

Editor’s note: The state ADR Ethics Board—which, to be clear, is not an MSBA-affiliated body—has asked for our help in publicizing a statement they have released concerning the practice of some neutrals of limiting a party’s input on disputes when the party’s financial obligations to the neutral are delinquent. That statement follows: “As members of the […]

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Call to action: Justice system funding

The MSBA’s top legislative priority during this budget year at the state Capitol is helping to secure adequate funding for the justice system: the courts, public defenders, and civil legal services. All three parts of the justice system are seeking funding increases to help meet the challenges they face and perform the critical services they […]

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