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Understanding ‘Risk Assessment’ Tools

What they are and the role they play in the criminal justice system: a primer The concept of “risk assessment” in the justice system has proliferated alongside other terms such as “evidence-based practices,” “risk algorithms,” “big data,” and “machine learning.” While these terms and topics are related, they are not all synonymous. Not all risk assessments […]

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So you are going to trial

How to prepare for the case that doesn’t settle Once upon a time, it could reasonably be argued that trial preparation began when a case was filed, if not before. Today, however, with 90 percent of civil cases settling before trial, case preparation is often focused on achieving a positive settlement. At some point in […]

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Guest or Tenant?

The relationship between temporary lodging establishments and the landlord/tenant statutes, and why it matters. Among property rights, the right to exclude is considered the most significant. Where a landlord/tenant relationship exists, the landlord’s right to exclude is predicated on the landlord’s obtaining a court order granting eviction against the tenant. Irrespective of the basis for […]

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Sex Harassment Settlements: A new scarlet letter for employers?

How the movement to abolish NDAs and confidential settlements could produce unintended consequences. Prelude to a stigma Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ageless novel The Scarlet Letter has surprising relevance to the current #MeToo/TimesUp movement. Hawthorne paints the story of Hester Prynne, a beautiful young woman presumed to be guilty of having a child while engaged in an […]

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Executive Director – MSBA / HCBA / RCBA

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), and Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA) recently decided to adopt a new and unique model through shared staff and one Executive Director to better serve the collective needs of the three Associations. MSBA is Minnesota’s oldest bar association, founded in 1883. HCBA […]

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Certification Director

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), a voluntary statewide professional association for attorneys and other law-related professionals, has an opening for a Certification Director.  The goal of the MSBA certification program is to assist members with differentiating themselves and marketing their practice to the public. Certification programs serve a public function by enhancing public access to […]

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Notes & Trends – August 2018

Commercial and Consumer Law JUDICIAL LAW • Alternative dispute resolution. Arbitration agreements in both consumer and commercial contracts are common and provide in many circumstances both a cheaper and a more rewarding and efficient method of dispute resolution than does litigation. Not surprisingly, trial lawyers may prefer litigation, and some individuals may later seek to evade the […]

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Update: Minnesota unbundled roster

The Minnesota Judicial Branch recently obtained $50,000 in grant funding from the National Center for State Courts to create an online roster of attorneys interested in providing unbundled legal services. At the request of the iudicial branch, MSBA staffers Steve Marchese and Nancy Mischel, along with staff from the HCBA and RCBA, developed a proposal […]

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Petition update: Rules for Admission to the Bar

The Minnesota Supreme Court is accepting comments on the MSBA’s Petition to Amend the Rules for Admission to the Bar to allow certain qualified law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation. Sixteen states already have provisions allowing for an early bar exam. The proposed changes to Rule 4(c) leave in the hands […]

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This month, learn to get more from your membership

From Fastcase to practicelaw, your MSBA membership entitles you to unlimited access to a number of free (or low-cost) resources. Learn more about these valuable practice tools during our Back To School Week webinar series from August 27-30. These free webinars help familiarize you with your member benefits and other tools to help you practice […]

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