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August 2017

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Fastcase adds offerings

The MSBA renewed its relationship with Fastcase in January, and Fastcase has responded by offering many new services and new content to MSBA members. This spring, Fastcase took over delivery of the MSBA’s long-time Court Opinions by Email service; in addition to offering the same content and delivery options, Fastcase has added new Tax and […]

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Get involved: low-fee family law project

The MSBA and the HCBA are collaborating to provide expanded access to low fee family law representation across the state. The project is part of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS), providing reduced fee family law services to the working poor. Clients are individuals who are not financially eligible for […]

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Digital evidence: New authentication standards coming

As it is now written, Federal Rule of Evidence 902 pertains to self-authenticating records such as newspapers and public records that require no external evidence to be made admissible at trial. Soon, the rule will encompass digital records generated by electronic processes in addition to records preserved directly from electronic devices or files, such as […]

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Why Employees with Noncompetes Need Quicker Access to Courts

An employment law inequity that needs fixing Minnesota case law on noncompetes is very well developed, with a history going back at least 50 years. Our district court judges today do an outstanding job of balancing the harm to the employee with the need to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests. Almost all practitioners in […]

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2017 Legislative Session Review

11th-hour budget gains for legal system highlight MSBA’s year at the Capitol The 2017 Minnesota legislative session was, to borrow a phrase from Yogi Berra, like déjà vu all over again. Gov. Mark Dayton, a DFLer, entered office in 2011 and spent his first year clashing over the state budget with a GOP-controlled House and […]

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MN Legal Ethics, 7th ed is here!

The 7th edition of Bill Wernz’s landmark ethics book, Minnesota Legal Ethics, is now available at the MSBA website—and it’s free to all Minnesota attorneys. Visit www.mnbar.org/ebooks to download your copy. Highlights in this edition include: Social media: a discussion of Lawyers Board Opinion 24 and the limits on an attorney’s right of self-defense against […]

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Effective drafting for employment settlement agreements

Work to eliminate miscommunication up front, and don’t make the agreement more complex or convoluted than necessary What does an employee’s lawyer have in common with an employer’s lawyer? A mutual interest in a concise, effective settlement agreement that will not invite new disputes. In a litigation era where only a small percentage of civil cases proceed to trial […]

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MSBA President 2017-18: Sonia Miller-Van Oort

Engage, Collaborate, Innovate When you ask colleagues and family members to describe Sonia Miller-Van Oort, incoming president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, answers pour out almost before the question is finished: magnetic, visionary, caring, scary-smart, passionate, fun, ego-free, terrific dancer, tireless, grounded in her faith, able to do anything. Those are adults talking, of course, […]

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Who gets disciplined?

The Annual Report of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB) and Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) was filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 3, 2017. The report, which is posted on the LPRB website at www.lprb.mncourts.gov, covers operations of the LPRB/OLPR for the Court’s fiscal year, July 1, 2016 – June 30, […]

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