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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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Legislature: MSBA supports child-protection grants

In March, the MSBA Council voted to support a request from the Minnesota County Attorneys Association for legislation providing grants to county attorneys’ offices. (The Council is authorized to take legislative positions when there is insufficient time for the Assembly to act.) The grants would fund juvenile protection legal services provided by county attorneys’ offices […]

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