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#MeToo in the Law Firm: Lessons for lawyers from the post-Weinstein reckoning

Since last fall, when a spate of stories about the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein spawned the #MeToo movement, countless women have come forward to tell their own, frequently long suppressed, stories of sexual harassment in the workplace. There is every reason to believe that the legal profession has more than its share of stories, some of which may […]

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#MeToo as a moment of opportunity

“You look very nice today… Can I still say that?” A male attorney recently said this to me—half-jokingly, but only half. Without a doubt, the sexual harassment reckoning that we have all been witnessing over the past several months has raised a lot of questions. Not so much about the egregious harassing conduct itself, but why […]

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Improving Law Firm Culture: The beginning of the discussion

Between them, the authors have worked for more than 75 years in male-dominated, hierarchical fields. (This is not a bad thing unto itself: Historically, most of the highest paying professions have been male-dominated and hierarchical.) As law firms, like other businesses, work to address the grievances of the #MeToo movement, the authors apply their hard-won […]

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Notes & Trends – February 2018

Commercial and Consumer Law JUDICIAL LAW • Care pays. Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code is a complex statute where slight mistakes can unfortunately turn a secured creditor into an unsecured one, and perhaps one without any prospect of recovery at all. To illustrate, consider Cornelius v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 93 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. […]

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Preparing the Witness to Win the Deposition Battle

As fewer cases are tried and more are settled, depositions take on greater importance. Depositions often provide a significant part of the data used to analyze the settlement value of a case. We look at whether the witness was convincing and whether she effectively spoke to the major issues of the case. Depositions also may […]

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No Longer Peas in a Pod: More implications of the divorce of Minnesota corporate and LLC law

Twenty-five years ago, when an MSBA task force drafted Minnesota’s first limited liability company (LLC) statute, the drafters copied chapter 302A, the corporate statute, to the maximum extent possible. Labels were changed—e.g., member instead of shareholder; board of governors instead of board of directors—and substance was modified to the extent necessary to comply with the […]

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Rethinking the Law Office: Trends in legal office space

Insights from commercial real estate professionals By Dan Wicker, Tom Dahl, Paul Donovan, and Jaclyn May Today the success of a law firm depends on much more than just helping clients and billing hours. The operational side of the industry can be tedious, with a number of moving pieces to consider when evaluating costs and […]

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Out, Damned Spot! The creation of the Client Security Board

A drama in three acts The Minnesota Client Security Board, born in the 1980s amid the crisis stemming from two lawyers’ high-profile theft of client funds, has been reimbursing the victims of financial crimes by attorneys for over 30 years. In this short history—the first in a series*—the author, the first CSB director and also […]

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Meet Liz Kramer: ‘I really love to win’

Why did you decide to go to law school? Originally I dreamed of a career in politics. When I was working at a think tank in Washington, D.C. after college, one of my mentors convinced me that law school would open up lots of potential paths for me (beyond just politics). He was right. I […]

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