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January 2019

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Buyers’ Guide 2019

A warm thanks to these loyal vendors who participated in the January issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota which included our annual Buyers’ Guide. Please consider these companies / organizations when searching for a product or service. (You may click here to learn more about advertising.) CATEGORICAL LISTINGS OF ADVERTISERS 1031 Reverse Exchanges CPEC1031 […]

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Timeline: Corporate contributions to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

1999: First steps The legal profession takes its first formal stance on diversity when representing corporate America. This stance is articulated in a letter written by Charles Morgan, then general counsel (GC) of BellSouth. In part, it states: We expect the law firms which represent our companies to work actively to promote diversity within their […]

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Suicide prevention: Every lawyer’s opportunity

In 1993, the managing partner of Leonard, Street and Deinard died by suicide at the age of 49. I clerked at Leonard, Street the following year and saw firsthand the deep impact that his life and sad passing had on the firm. In my position now, I am very cognizant of the deaths by suicide […]

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“Papers and effects” in a digital age 

In 1761, Boston patriot James Otis argued against England’s use of its “writs of assistance.” Such writs, widely used in colonial times, permitted English officials to enter a Crown subject’s private home or office—at will, and without regulation. These warrantless searches, also called “general searches,” were used to investigate purported crimes against the Crown.  Otis […]

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The advantages of hiring an older law school graduate

Are you looking to hire a new lawyer who will be conscientious, innovative, motivated, and productive? Minnesota law schools have 68 J.D. students whom you might not have considered, but they fit that description. These 68 students are age 50 or over, and industrial/organizational psychology1 studies have shown that older employees are more likely to […]

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Meet Karin Ciano: ‘I stepped out of “traditional”—and never regretted it.’

Why did you go to law school? I was a smart-ass kid in South Jersey. Grown-ups kept saying I should be a lawyer, so to meet some actual lawyers I joined the high school mock trial team. The lawyers taught me magic words, like: “The prejudicial effect outweighs the probative value.” After looking up probative […]

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A new era in bar staffing and member service

By now many of you know that the bar association staff has a new leader. Cheryl Dalby has agreed to take on the new role of chief executive officer in guiding a single staff that will serve the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA. Cheryl, who has been the executive director of the RCBA for 18 years, […]

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Civ Lit Time’s Up manual now on Amazon

A print edition of the Civil Litigation Section publication Time’s Up: A Manual of the Statutes of Limitations in Minnesota for Civil Litigators is now being offered for purchase through Amazon. The manual identifies and organizes time limits imposed for civil claims in the Minnesota Statutes. This manual covers statutes of limitation, statutes that direct action by […]

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TrialBooks CLEs start in February

We’re building a new resource for the practicelaw library. The TrialBooks series includes documents from our members’ successful litigation outcomes, from complaint to closing argument. Inspired by last year’s medical malpractice CLE by Elizabeth Fors, MSBA Online Services is launching these new materials in a series of CLEs starting in February. Look for Kyle Willems’s Pleadings and Insurance […]

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