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

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 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 client accusations in public settings.
  • What disclosures may be made in motions for leave to withdraw from representation?  New cases and ABA Formal Opinion 2016-476 are discussed.
  • Knowing” violation of a rule of court?  Detailed report of a successful defense, in In re Olson.
  • UPL: analysis of new unauthorized practice of law cases involving multi-jurisdictional practice, transition from corporate to private practice, and more.
  • The professional responsibility system: How has it measured up on its primary requirements of being prompt, just, and fair?  A new section discusses this topic.
  • On all topics: recent cases, articles, and opinions up to May 2017 have been added.

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