Bench & Bar of Minnesota is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Save the dates for these Certification events!

Calling all MSBA Board Certified Legal Specialists: Make plans now to attend our 2019 recognition seminar and social, coming up on Thursday, April 25, at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club (410 Oak Grove Street). Registration begins at 2:30 pm. Attend one or both CLE sessions. The first program is from 3 to 4 p.m., and the second program is from 4 to 5 p.m. with a social following at 5 p.m. 

Another upcoming date to note: The next Civil Trial Certification Exam will be on Saturday, April 13th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The examination, while rigorous, is intended to confirm the knowledge of civil trial law you have already attained during your years of practice. The exam consists of fact patterns about Trial Practice, Evidence, and Ethics, followed by short answer questions. The exam is open book. Examinees may bring their Federal Rules of Evidence, and either the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility, Model Rules of Professional Conduct, or the MN Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility. 

The deadline to apply for the Certified Civil Trial Specialist exam is March 15. For more information visit or contact Sue Koplin, director of legal certification, at or (612) 278-6318.

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