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62Q and you! An esoteric procedural no-fault love story

A recent court decision represents a win for everyone involved in the no-fault insurance system except medical providers who fail to follow their statutory procedural obligations. For the first time, there is Minnesota appellate case law that confirms Minnesota Section 62Q.75, subd. 3 means exactly what it says: If a provider fails to follow the […]

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Pet Heir: Understanding Minnesota’s pet trust statute

I recently took an unscientific poll of a group of lawyers and learned the following: Roughly 50 percent read the labels on their pet’s food (but not necessarily on their own); 45 percent share a bed with their pet; a sheepish 20 percent admitted to identifying as mommy or daddy to their animals; an even more […]

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Everything That Rises Must Converge: Integrating spirituality, law, and politics

The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics (PISLAP)—a 20-year-old informal coalition of reform-minded lawyers and law teachers—is at the forefront of what is being called the “integrative law” movement. The group met in Minneapolis this year to plan a major national conference, which will be held in Washington D.C. in October 2018. Spirituality. Law. Politics. […]

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Notes & Trends – December 2017

CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Sentencing: Zone of privacy aggravating factor applies to individual who commits murder after being invited into another’s home. Appellant was charged with, among other offenses, second-degree intentional murder, for shooting the victim in the forehead in the victim’s home, after the victim, who was armed with a firearm, made a sudden […]

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Ransomware: To pay or not to pay?

“No matter what you do, you might become a victim. Yet there are very manageable and reasonable ways to prepare yourself for the possibility that it will happen to you or your organization.” I got a great question from a concerned audience member at a recent speaking event: “If I am a victim of ransomware, should I pay […]

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23, My Employer & Me: On genetic testing, privacy, and employment

I’ve always been curious about my ancestry. That curiosity recently led me to contact the genetic testing provider 23andMe®, who provided me with the following option: For $100 more I could have my DNA tested for genetic health risks including late-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. This testing also determines whether or not I am a […]

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Lawyer well-being and lawyer regulation

To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer,” wrote the co-chairs of a national panel on lawyer well-being earlier this year in introducing their report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.”1 Your thoughts? At first glance, I think most people would say they agree—this is obvious, right? […]

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Coming together

At the beginning of the bar year, I talked about the “opportunity to succeed/permission to fail” mentality that I hoped the MSBA and its members would be willing to adopt. I raised various challenges to the profession and the legal system, the risk and benefit of change, and the possibility of innovation not yet envisioned […]

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MSBA policy action updates

Lawyer registration: The MSBA filed comments with the Court regarding proposed changes to the Lawyer Registration Rules. The MSBA requested that the rule be amended to permit the Court to publish disaggregated data on race and gender. Currently the Court publishes race data and gender data, but not data that combines both of these variables. […]

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Litigation Attorney

The Office of the Minnesota Attorney General is accepting resumes from attorneys with litigation experience who are interested in public service and representing the government in significant public interest lawsuits and administrative actions.  The Office represents the State of Minnesota and its citizens in complex and meaningful lawsuits that impact the daily lives of the […]

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