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2nd annual One Profession event coming to Duluth 

Last year the 6th Judicial District hosted the very first One Profession event in Duluth. That pilot effort proved a great success, and we are pleased to be expanding the event to all eight of greater Minnesota’s judicial districts during 2019. The program—a partnership between the MSBA, the courts, and district bar associations—consists of a […]

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MSBA sets 2019 lobbying priorities

The MSBA Council has selected a robust list of lobbying priorities for the 2019 Minnesota legislative session. The MSBA will prioritize securing adequate funding for the courts, public defenders, and civil legal services. In an effort to remedy the continuing shortage of attorneys in some areas of greater Minnesota, the MSBA will seek state funding […]

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Minnesota’s Public School System Goes on Trial

Cruz-Guzman presses the question of what constitutes an adequate public education The achievement gap in America’s schools is one of our nation’s most persistent and pernicious problems. Educators, administrators, researchers, legislators, and courts ceaselessly debate why the gap exists and how to close it. Yet a universal solution—one that is educationally, politically, and economically feasible […]

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Fair Trials in the Age of Facebook

When social media are everywhere, escaping prejudicial publicity becomes almost impossible When there has been intense media coverage of high-profile homicides or other incidents, criminal defendants in Minnesota typically seek to change the venue of a trial from the county where the incident occurred. The goal is to lessen the possibility of the jury including […]

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A Storm on the Farm

What every creditors’ remedies attorney needs to know about the coming agricultural crisis A crisis is currently brewing in Minnesota’s agricultural sector. Years of low commodities prices brought on by a global supply glut have been taking their toll. Over the past several years, many farmers experienced losses due to the low prices, but those losses […]

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The Revolution Continues: Toward greater modernization and uniformity in trust and estate law

Fifty years ago, each state had its own rules and procedures for probating a decedent’s estate.1 The probate process in Minnesota and most other states had changed little for generations and needed modernization.2 The 1969 promulgation of the Uniform Probate Code (UPC)3 upset the status quo, and after some initial opposition the Minnesota Legislature enacted […]

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Notes & Trends – January 2019

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 59.01; affirming denial of motion for new trial after settlement. Plaintiff and defendant were parties to a marriage dissolution proceeding. The parties attended mediation, where an agreement was reached to fully resolve the dispute. After mediation, respondent circulated proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order […]

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