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Five tips from a former clerk: Navigating your next appeal

Babe Ruth once said, “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” The same is true in litigation. Whether you hit a home run in district court, or lost hard, every litigator will repeatedly face the question of whether and how to appeal that shutout, or how to defend that big win. For many of you, […]

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Meet Dan Adkins: ‘Defending that which appears indefensible’

DAN ADKINS, a 1994 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, worked as a litigator with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, among other stops, before opening his own firm in 2008. That firm has evolved into North Star Criminal Defense, where Dan presently represents folks charged with crimes (dozens of jury trials in […]

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November 2018

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MN Unbundled project launches

The Minnesota Unbundled Law Project—a collaboration between the MSBA and the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations—went live last month at www.MNunbundled.org. Staff from each of the bar organizations worked over the past six months to develop the roster, design a training program, recruit attorneys, and begin promoting the website. The bar associations received funding […]

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New estate tools at mndocs

The MSBA recently added basic estate planning to its document assembly product, mndocs. The market is ripe: 60 percent of adults in the U.S. currently lack a will or living trust. For Millennials that figure jumps to 78 percent without an estate plan. And 93 percent of American households have a net worth of less […]

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The business case for D&I

In September, the MSBA Council approved the Diversity & Inclusion Council’s Statement of Commitment for the Business Case, Value Proposition, and Professional Obligation. (You can read it by visiting www.mnbar.org/diversity.) This document outlines the professional obligation that all attorneys have to advance diversity and inclusion as part of our dedication to equality and the rule of […]

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Unmet legal needs aren’t going away

In the spring of 2018 I was asked to appear in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. Our MSBA President, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, was not available, so the task fell to me. The purpose of my appearance was to support the MSBA’s request to amend the rules to […]

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Administration’s ‘Culture of No’ undermines immigrant workers, employers

In the past two years, the Trump administration has issued a series of policy memoranda that are quietly changing the landscape of employment-based immigration, and not for the better. Seemingly every time employers adjust their practices and create new strategies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) publishes another news release describing another obstacle in […]

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Notes & Trends – November 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(e); affirming claim dismissal due to insufficient pleading of foreseeability. Doe 121 v. Diocese of Winona arose out of sexual misconduct by a priest in the early 1960s. A Catholic priest received a written reprimand from the bishop of the Diocese of Winona for “his poor […]

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Time to Get Paid: Attorney’s liens in Minnesota

In order to have a thriving legal practice, a lawyer must have clients who pay for services in a timely manner. Yet despite implementing screening procedures to make sure your new clients are capable of paying, and requesting up-front deposits to cover the estimated work, you may find yourself unpaid after hours and hours of […]

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