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Credit Where Credit Isn’t Due: What it takes to flunk Minnesota’s CLE standards

More than a few Minnesota lawyers have sat in a CLE lecture hall wondering, “What does this have to do with legal education?” Rarely if ever, though, has the state’s board that regulates continuing legal education agreed with that view—and to the point of revoking credit for a previously approved course.  A recent flap not […]

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‘This is one of the best careers in the legal business anywhere’

An interview with Justice G. Barry Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2004. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, he was a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, to which he was appointed in 1998. Before becoming a judge, Justice Anderson had a general […]

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Defining Parenthood: Changing families, the law, and the element of intent

Long before Minnesota codified the right of same-sex partners to marry,1 our state began recognizing the right of LGBT persons and same-sex couples to become parents and raise children.2 By enacting Minn. Stat. §517.01, Minnesota attempted to put an end to all gender-based distinctions in marriage by choosing to provide for the domestic rights of […]

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The new MSBA website is live

We’re excited to announce that the MSBA’s new website—featuring a cleaner, more contemporary design and simpler, more intuitive user navigation—went live on October 23! Visit soon if you haven’t already—and let us know what you think (feedback@mnbar.org). 

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October 2018

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Charitable Gifting and the New Tax Law

Unless charitable giving is carefully planned, many individuals will no longer receive a tax benefit for their charitable contributions. Earlier this year, right around tax time, I was approached by two well-established legal services leaders to discuss resource development for Minnesota’s legal services providers. During this discussion, which ranged from the new tax law to […]

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You have a role in judicial elections

So you’re a lawyer, right? That question usually precedes a series of questions about an area of law completely unrelated to your practice. When Prince died I was asked by friends to explain the inner workings of the laws of intestate succession. While I did pass Estates and Trusts in law school—I can dig out […]

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PSLF is in jeopardy. You can do something about it

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is the light at the end of the tunnel that makes a legal career in public service possible. This federal program allows borrowers who work for 10 years in a full-time public service position to earn forgiveness on eligible student loans. Sadly, this vital program is now at risk of […]

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Notes & Trends – October 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 63.03; affirming timely removal of assigned judge. Appellant is a petitioner in the Minnesota Tax Court in three cases. In June 2016 one of three tax court judges issued a scheduling order to control the first case, and in May 2017, a second tax court judge granted […]

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Meet the candidates: Minnesota Attorney General

Ellison, Wardlow discuss their records, views, and priorities Following Minnesota’s August 14 primary election, MSBA Access to Justice Director Sherri Knuth sent seven questions to the major party nominees for Attorney General of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL) and former Minnesota state Rep. Doug Wardlow (R). We present their unabridged responses here. The MSBA […]

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