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How “Trial Lawyer” Became an Oxymoron: A lament for the disappearance of civil jury trials

By 2012, most sources suggest, fewer than 2 percent of all federal civil cases went to trial, with less than 1 percent being tried to a jury. Civil jury trials are literally on the brink of extinction. This article traces their decline and explores what’s been lost in the process. As I look back over […]

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President’s travel ban heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

Authors’ Note On September 24, 2017, as this article was about to go to press, President Trump issued a new travel ban, stating that the March 6 Order had expired by its terms. The Supreme Court cancelled oral argument and asked the parties to brief whether the case is now moot. If the Supreme Court […]

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No time? No problem! Two great online pro bono outlets for the busy Minnesota attorney

Research shows the number one factor discouraging lawyers from volunteering is lack of time.1 Luckily, new online tools from legal aid are making pro bono easier than ever before.2 Minnesota Legal Advice Online is a website connecting low-income Minnesotans with remote legal advice from volunteer lawyers across the state.3 MN Legal Advice Online is a […]

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A lesson from the trades

According to Merriam-Webster, an “apprentice” is someone “who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art or calling.” Wikipedia describes an apprenticeship as “a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study.” Apprenticeships, historically used in trades and guilds […]

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Ethically unbundling legal services

In light of the MSBA’s Pro Bono Week this month, it’s a good time to revisit a legal services model that helps expand litigants’ access to justice: “unbundled” representation. As access-to-justice professionals have noted for some time, it’s not just the very poor who cannot afford legal fees; most people have sticker shock when they […]

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Facial recognition technology brings security & privacy concerns

In recent years, facial recognition technology has had some great successes. They include recognizing the faces involved in terroristic attacks, scanning faces at the airport for identification instead of using a passport, and—now—becoming a feature of our digital devices. It’s clear that new applications of this technology are being utilized to streamline and simplify. Facial […]

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Justice for All grant focuses on civil legal assistance

Minnesota has been named one of just seven states to receive a Justice for All grant from the National Center for State Courts. The grant applicants—the judicial branch, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, and the MSBA—are coming together across systems and working with partners to move Minnesota toward “100 percent access to effective assistance for essential […]

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MN Court of Appeals responds to MSBA requests

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has declined one MSBA request and granted another. A Bench & Bar article on unpublished opinions (“A Fresh Look at the Problem of Unpublished Opinions,” December 2016) prompted the MSBA to make three recommendations to the court of appeals: (1) change the term “unpublished” to “non-precedential”; (2) eliminate the rule […]

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New D&I strategic plan approved

The MSBA is excited to announce approval of our new 2017-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. (The plan can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2y5sPVi.) To assist in the implementation of the plan, we have expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. The council will welcome several new members, including Ann Anaya of 3M, Joan Bibelhausen of […]

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BLE taking comment on bar admission rule 

The Board of Law Examiners (BLE) is studying Rule 7A (eligibility for admission based on years of practice) of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, including a review of whether and how the board should treat part-time legal work and periods of leave, as well as the appropriate “look-back” period preceding the application. More […]

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