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Divorce and conflicts

Divorce and conflict: two words that go easily together. But what about amicable or friendly divorces? Are they conflict-free?  Conflicts are a frequent source of questions on our ethics hotline. In 2017, 30 percent of hotline calls involved a conflict of interest question. One issue I have been routinely surprised to hear on the hotline […]

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MSBA hosts national conference

Above, Judge Tony Leung, Judge Tanya Bransford, Justice Anne McKeig, and Judge Peter Reyes, who presented a session titled “A Conversation with Trailblazers of the Minnesota Courts.” The MSBA was honored to host the 30th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts last month. The conference theme, Equal […]

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Update: Early bar exam petition

The MSBA has filed a petition with the Court requesting amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Bar. The proposed amendments would allow law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation, provided they meet certain criteria as certified by their law school. By passing the bar exam early, students can begin employment […]

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July 2018

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Paul Godfrey: That resort was a gas!

When a group of six or eight individuals shares an experience, it’s often the case that their stories about it change over the years, depending on who retells it. Perhaps that’s what makes the tale of how four couples almost lost their lives during the 1991 Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association President’s Day meeting at a […]

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MSBA, county bars to share staff

On June 21 the following announcement was made to staff members. We are pleased to announce an exciting development for the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), and Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA). Recently, the boards of directors of each voted to adopt a shared staff model with one executive director […]

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One Profession

As the new president of the MSBA, the first thing I want to tell you is thanks for being a member of our bar association. We have tremendous volunteer leaders and volunteers and a great staff. We all share one goal: to serve our members. My plan is to use this President’s Page to let […]

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2017 ABA Pro Bono Survey

Survey Says… A look at Minnesota lawyers’ participation in and views of pro bono work Minnesota has long been a leader in supporting civil legal aid through both dedicated state funding sources and charitable giving, as well as through policies that encourage and support pro bono work by lawyers. Last year, the American Bar Association […]

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