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Bench & Bar of Minnesota is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

MSBA petition to amend Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure

Upon approval of the Assembly in June 2016, the MSBA filed a petition on September 2 requesting changes to the MRCP. The proposed changes would bring the Minnesota rules into conformity with the federal rules, and require half of unclaimed cy pres funds in state court be allocated to legal aid. The court referred the petition to its Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure for recommendation and comment. MSBA Treasurer Paul Godfrey and Cathy Haukedahl, executive director of Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, appeared in front of the Advisory Committee at the end of April to explain the importance of the cy pres provisions and answer questions. The petition is still pending before the court.

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