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

The profession needs us. Let’s step up.

In July part of my message in this president’s page was about the One Profession program that the MSBA has launched. As you may recall, One Profession consists of a series of one-day meetings. In 2019 we will be holding a meeting in each of the judicial districts in greater Minnesota. Each of the meetings is planned with an eye toward the issues and concerns of that district. All of them will provide an opportunity for you to gather with lawyers and judges in your judicial district. The goal is for all the lawyers in the district, including those in private practice, county and city attorneys, public defenders, corporate counsel, and unemployed lawyers, to talk about issues facing your district. For example, there is a tremendous unmet legal need that can’t be handled by legal aid, and Chief Justice Gildea is reexamining the possibility of allowing Limited Liability Legal Technicians (LLLTs) to provide legal services. If you are interested in that topic, or other topics in your area, you should plan to attend the One Profession event in your judicial district. 

The dates and locations for the One Profession meetings are listed below. Please join me at one of these meeting to help improve our profession. 

www.mnbar.org/one-profession 

Date Judicial District

(bar districts)

Location
Thursday, 

January 24

6th 

(11 & Range)

Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth
Friday, 

March 1

8th 

(12 & 16)

Willmar Conference Center, Willmar
Friday, 

March 22

9th 

(14 & 15)

Sanford Center, Bemidji
Thursday, March 28 5th 

(6, 9, 13 & 17)

Country Inn & Suites, Mankato
Friday, 

April 26

3rd 

(3, 5, & 10)

Doubletree, 

Rochester

Friday, 

May 17

7th 

(7)

Long Prairie
Thursday, July 11 10th 

(18, 19 & 21)

Anoka
Friday, 

October 25

1st 

(1 & 8)

TBD

 

 

PAUL GODFREY is the Managing Attorney for the Twin Cities Branch Legal Office for Farmers Insurance. He is a trial attorney. He has tried more than 40 cases to jury verdict, with issues ranging from claims for whiplash to claims for wrongful death. 

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