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Notes & Trends – February 2019

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 6.05; affirming dismissal of late administrative appeal. Appellant contended the Worker’s Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) erred in dismissing her appeal as untimely, arguing she was entitled to a three-day extension under Rule 6.05 when a party is served by mail. In denying the appeal, the Supreme […]

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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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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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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 […]

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CEO Cheryl Dalby talks about leading in a time of change

‘Our members will begin to notice subtle improvements’ B&B: You’re taking the helm during a time of change at the MSBA and Minnesota’s two biggest county bars. Will members see any differences in the services they receive from a combined bar staff in the near term?  Cheryl Dalby: In the short term, members should see very […]

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