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Things will go wrong: Lessons for young lawyers on trial practice

The email rejecting a final settlement offer may be the most stressful part of any lawsuit. Whether you are the attorney sending it or the one opening your email to see it waiting for you, that email signifies a major change from everyday legal practice. The case is going to trial. What do you do […]

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Three Decades of DATWA

Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act continues to confound Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA) turned 30 on September 1, 2017. Ten years ago, on the law’s 20th anniversary, one of us wrote for this publication, “For 20 years Minnesota has had one of the most complicated and employee-friendly […]

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Legal Tech Now: Q&A

Four questions about the present and future of legal technology with four presenters from this year’s MSBA Tech Month. What is your current role and how did you end up there? Ed Walters (Fastcase): I’m the CEO of Fastcase—my co-founder Phil and I did a coin flip, and I got CEO, and he got president and […]

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Legal Tech: The Future Starts in Law School

Some basic principles of legal technology education in the 21st century Technology is transforming how consumers interact with the legal profession. And the responsibility for training lawyers to meet a more tech-centric future begins with law schools. This article discusses five principles devised to guide legal educators in meeting the challenge.  Warning as to what’s ahead: This is an article […]

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Preparing for a Hack of Your Law Firm

It can happen to you— and you will need a plan Every lawyer has an ethical duty to keep client information confidential—even though that duty increasingly involves mastering technological security matters that many lawyers and firms find challenging. Since there is no way to assure that your law firm can never become the victim of cyber […]

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Electronic Notarization in a Digital World

Should Minnesota follow other states on webcam notarization? Like powdered wigs and law libraries filled with hardcover Westlaw treatises, the requirement of a notarized signature faces a slow demise in Minnesota courts. In 2014, Minnesota eliminated the need for most court documents to be notarized, provided the person signing the document declares immediately above the […]

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Mount Innovate-More

Our family finally made the great American road trip this summer and visited the Black Hills and famous national landmark, Mount Rushmore. The gigantic stone sculptures embedded into the rocks of the Black Hills National Forest of course reveal 60-feet high carved faces (equivalent to six-story high profiles) of four important national figures: George Washington, […]

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Update: MSBA petitions

Rules petition: In early September 2016, the MSBA filed a petition for amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure that would: a) bring a number of the rules into conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 2) require the court to allocate 50 percent of unclaimed cy pres funds in state class […]

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Enhanced ProJusticeMN.org

Take a moment sometime soon to check out the completely redesigned ProJusticeMN website (www.projusticemn.org), a great one-stop source for pro bono attorneys. Changes include enhanced site navigation, easier access to practice library materials, and an improved case placement tool that gives pro bono attorneys the ability to review and select current volunteer opportunities. Created in 1999, ProJusticeMN represents a long-standing collaboration between […]

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