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February 2019

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In eviction proceedings, lawyers = better outcomes

A study arising from the Housing Court Project in Hennepin County proves that legal representation in housing court helps prevent homelessness. Evictions have significant and often tragic consequences for tenants and their families. An eviction notice can spell a nearly immediate need to move out with nowhere to go but to double up with a friend […]

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Beyond the Binary: Practical advice for using gender pronouns 

Misgendering a person—such as referring to someone as “sir” or “she” when they are not—is an act of gender violence. It may seem like an innocent mistake, or not a big deal. But for a transgender person, being misgendered cuts to the core of their identity. “That sensation is a potent split-second mixture of anxiety […]

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Alt-Remedies to Paying Student Loans

In some cases, relief is available Close to $1.5 trillion in loans have been issued to students; most of them are not dischargeable and accrue more interest than the average mortgage or car loan of the last decade. Student loan balances include few discharge options, and have effectively crippled a generation of young people trying to […]

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So Long, Tim Groshens

When Tim Groshens was named executive director of the Minnesota State Bar Association in 1985, Ronald Reagan was president, big hair was stylish, and desktop computers were still just an unsettling rumor in most lawyers’ offices. Amid the myriad changes of the ensuing 34 years, Groshens’ leadership of MSBA staff and his service to officers and […]

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2018 year in review: Public discipline

Public discipline in professional responsibility cases is imposed not to punish the attorney, but to protect the public, the profession, and the judicial system, and to deter future misconduct by the attorney and others. In 2018, 45 attorneys were publicly disciplined, up slightly from the 2017 number (40 attorneys) but commensurate with the 2016 number […]

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The Marriott breach: four years?

The recent Marriott breach resulted in the theft of data regarding 500 million guests. To many, however, the most troubling aspect of the breach is not the sheer number of people affected, but the fact that the breach was ongoing for four years. For four years, Marriott did nothing to stop the leak of customer […]

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Common sense, the Golden Rule, and new attorneys

Being new at anything—let alone something as demanding as being an attorney—can be disconcerting. Though the long years of law school and running the gauntlet of bar prep undoubtedly help to mold individuals from student to professional, there are some lessons that can only be learned outside the classroom, and some of them are so […]

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Meet Ryan McCarthy: ‘You have to be able to adapt’

RYAN McCARTHY is the chair of the New Lawyers Section of the MSBA, a member of the MSBA Executive Committee and Council, and an associate at the law firm of Bowman and Brooke, LLP.  Prior to joining the firm, Ryan served as an assistant county attorney with the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, prosecuting felony person […]

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