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BLE report proposes amendments to Rule 7A

The Board of Law Examiners (BLE) has filed its report on Rule 7A of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, including proposed amendments, with the Court (see ADM10-8008). The Court, after denying Kathleen Reilly’s petition for review of a BLE decision denying her admission based on years of practice to the Minnesota bar, had […]

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Judicial Elections and Free Speech in 2018

Recent federal decisions show that reconciling the free speech rights of judicial candidates with judicial integrity is difficult yet essential. At the same time, since judicial campaign rules are narrowly drawn, they leave plenty of opportunity for very negative, well-funded judicial campaigns. This article traces the arc of relevant case law from the White case to the present day. Judical candidates have now […]

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The Road Taken

From muddy trails to interstate highways, a history of Minnesota’s roads and the role courts and governments played in it It wasn’t always this way. The idea of getting in a car and driving on a paved road from Worthington to Grand Portage, or from Winona to Hallock, is a mid-20th century phenomenon. Minnesota started […]

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Bitcoin: ready or not…

Bitcoin for legal services remains a conundrum, but it’s one that firms need to reckon with Can a law firm accept bitcoin for legal services? What was once a purely theoretical scenario has become increasingly feasible. Rather than waiting idly for clarity, lawyers should begin positioning themselves now for the coming age of cryptocurrencies. On October […]

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‘What would a lawyer 100 years from now think of this decision?’

An interview with Justice David Lillehaug of the Minnesota  Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2013 by Gov. Mark Dayton. Immediately prior to joining the Court, he was a shareholder at Fredrikson & Bryon, P.A. with a diverse and exciting litigation practice. Justice Lillehaug left private practice for several years to […]

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MSBA Future: Opportunities realized and awaiting

Last July, in my first president’s column, I foreshadowed the strategic planning process that the MSBA would carry out this year. I viewed my role as your president to shepherd us through a process to navigate change; engage in hard discussions; collaborate better with our MSBA partners, district bars, and affinity bars; eliminate duplicative efforts; […]

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Are you in good standing?

Every year, you are required to renew your attorney license by timely paying the annual registration fee.1 Attorneys with last names ending in A-E have a renewal date of January 1 of each year, attorneys with last names of F-K have a renewal date of April 1 of each year, and so on quarterly through […]

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Managing Cyber Risk: Is cyber liability insurance important for law firms?

Cyber liability insurance policies are growing in popularity among organizations that store client data, but in my experience those who have them are probably just as confused about what they cover as those who decide to go without. Generally described, cyber liability insurance is meant to protect businesses and organizations from cybersecurity risks posed by […]

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The power of the privilege log

Litigators often overlook the importance privilege logs can play in discovery. Privilege logs are addressed, if at all, during the Rule 26 discovery conference. Discussions typically result in an agreement that a privilege log will be produced for all documents withheld, but rarely do attorneys delve into what information a privilege log should contain. Addressing […]

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Notes & Trends – May/June 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 25.01; dismissing appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Plaintiff was convicted of multiple counts of first degree-murder following a jury trial. In 2014, plaintiff filed an “Amended Petition for Post-Conviction Relief” arguing newly discovered DNA evidence placed an alternative suspect at two crime scenes. During the pendency of […]

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