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Save the date: One Profession coming to Mankato

The MSBA’s One Profession event in the 5th Judicial District is set for Thursday, March 28, at the Country Inn and Suites Conference Center, 1900 Premier Drive, Mankato. The program brings together attorneys from all segments of the legal profession. This is a great opportunity to earn CLE credits, discuss developments in the practice of […]

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MSBA helps underwrite professional services tax study

The MSBA is contributing financially to an economic study of the impact a sales tax on professional services would have on Minnesota’s economy. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants is coordinating the study.  The MSBA adopted its legislative position opposing a sales tax on professional services in 2000. Such a tax was seriously considered […]

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Court hears MSBA petition on MRPC

On January 15, the Minnesota Supreme Court held a public hearing on MSBA’s petition to amend Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6 and 5.5. The proposed amendments to 1.6(b) provide clarity as to how lawyers may respond to public criticism from clients or former clients. Recommended changes to 5.5 address the realities of modern interstate […]

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January 2019

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Buyers’ Guide 2019

A warm thanks to these loyal vendors who participated in the January issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota which included our annual Buyers’ Guide. Please consider these companies / organizations when searching for a product or service. (You may click here to learn more about advertising.) CATEGORICAL LISTINGS OF ADVERTISERS 1031 Reverse Exchanges CPEC1031 […]

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Timeline: Corporate contributions to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

1999: First steps The legal profession takes its first formal stance on diversity when representing corporate America. This stance is articulated in a letter written by Charles Morgan, then general counsel (GC) of BellSouth. In part, it states: We expect the law firms which represent our companies to work actively to promote diversity within their […]

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Suicide prevention: Every lawyer’s opportunity

In 1993, the managing partner of Leonard, Street and Deinard died by suicide at the age of 49. I clerked at Leonard, Street the following year and saw firsthand the deep impact that his life and sad passing had on the firm. In my position now, I am very cognizant of the deaths by suicide […]

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The advantages of hiring an older law school graduate

Are you looking to hire a new lawyer who will be conscientious, innovative, motivated, and productive? Minnesota law schools have 68 J.D. students whom you might not have considered, but they fit that description. These 68 students are age 50 or over, and industrial/organizational psychology1 studies have shown that older employees are more likely to […]

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Meet Karin Ciano: ‘I stepped out of “traditional”—and never regretted it.’

Why did you go to law school? I was a smart-ass kid in South Jersey. Grown-ups kept saying I should be a lawyer, so to meet some actual lawyers I joined the high school mock trial team. The lawyers taught me magic words, like: “The prejudicial effect outweighs the probative value.” After looking up probative […]

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A new era in bar staffing and member service

By now many of you know that the bar association staff has a new leader. Cheryl Dalby has agreed to take on the new role of chief executive officer in guiding a single staff that will serve the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA. Cheryl, who has been the executive director of the RCBA for 18 years, […]

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