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Social media and managing reputational risk

Recent events involving a certain television show remake and its quick and much-applauded cancellation have me ruminating on the repercussions of social media usage. In today’s digital world, many of us feel pressured to keep up with the constant onslaught of information that presents itself to us on a minute-by-minute basis. Through any number of […]

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MSBA hosts national conference

Above, Judge Tony Leung, Judge Tanya Bransford, Justice Anne McKeig, and Judge Peter Reyes, who presented a session titled “A Conversation with Trailblazers of the Minnesota Courts.” The MSBA was honored to host the 30th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts last month. The conference theme, Equal […]

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Update: Early bar exam petition

The MSBA has filed a petition with the Court requesting amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Bar. The proposed amendments would allow law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation, provided they meet certain criteria as certified by their law school. By passing the bar exam early, students can begin employment […]

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July 2018

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Paul Godfrey: That resort was a gas!

When a group of six or eight individuals shares an experience, it’s often the case that their stories about it change over the years, depending on who retells it. Perhaps that’s what makes the tale of how four couples almost lost their lives during the 1991 Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association President’s Day meeting at a […]

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MSBA, county bars to share staff

On June 21 the following announcement was made to staff members. We are pleased to announce an exciting development for the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), and Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA). Recently, the boards of directors of each voted to adopt a shared staff model with one executive director […]

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One Profession

As the new president of the MSBA, the first thing I want to tell you is thanks for being a member of our bar association. We have tremendous volunteer leaders and volunteers and a great staff. We all share one goal: to serve our members. My plan is to use this President’s Page to let […]

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2017 ABA Pro Bono Survey

Survey Says… A look at Minnesota lawyers’ participation in and views of pro bono work Minnesota has long been a leader in supporting civil legal aid through both dedicated state funding sources and charitable giving, as well as through policies that encourage and support pro bono work by lawyers. Last year, the American Bar Association […]

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Director of Membership Retention and Marketing

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) seeks a highly motivated professional to carry out its primary goals of increased membership retention, and marketing MSBA products and services. This position includes an opportunity to move into a leadership position. Key responsibilities include: Developing and implementing annual comprehensive membership retention plan, which includes stated goals, specific projects, […]

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Judicial Elections and Free Speech in 2018

Recent federal decisions show that reconciling the free speech rights of judicial candidates with judicial integrity is difficult yet essential. At the same time, since judicial campaign rules are narrowly drawn, they leave plenty of opportunity for very negative, well-funded judicial campaigns. This article traces the arc of relevant case law from the White case to the present day. Judical candidates have now […]

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