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Goodbye to All That: Thoughts on turning 67 and knowing when to quit

The time comes when we should hang it up. Some of us recognize it and go gracefully. Some don’t. I tried two cases with 80-year-old attorneys. In the first, we were local counsel in an employment case between our client, an officer of a student-testing company, and her boss. The issue was whether she quit or was fired. The answer […]

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How Law Firms Can Prepare for Partner Retirement

Facing the realities of an aging partner population It’s no secret that the legal profession is aging. In fact, nearly half of the partners in the nation’s top law firms are baby boomers or members of the older “silent generation,”1 and the same is true in the Twin Cities. Major, Lindsey & Africa’s 2016 Partner […]

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Succession Planning for Small Law Firm Owners: The Associate Buyout

Looking ahead to retirement? Sometimes the answer is already close at hand Small firm owners planning ahead for retirement would do well to consider whether any of the firm’s current associates could fit into their succession planning. This article dispels some common concerns about that approach and suggests a three-stage process for exploring and executing an […]

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Getting the most out of local counsel

If you have ever litigated a case in a jurisdiction where you are not admitted, you have probably been confronted with a local court rule requiring you to associate with local counsel. No doubt, you have also heard (or made) the oft-repeated joke that such rules are nothing more than “full employment acts” for the […]

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Notes & Trends – November 2017

COMMERCIAL AND CONSUMER LAW ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION • Regulation CC changes; DFPB on overdrafts. Despite the recent proliferation in alternative payment platforms (from Venmo to prepaid cards to Bitcoin), checks and checking accounts remain central to transactions in the American economy. According to the 2016 Federal Reserve Payments Study, as of 2015, checks and debit card transactions […]

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Woodbury – Beautiful Office Space

2,475 sq. ft. at the Southeast corner of Radio Drive and Hudson Road. This corner is the 100% corner of Woodbury. Space could easily have six private offices with great window space. Included is a basement conference room and for a slight charge there is a large training room for groups. This will not last very long. Call […]

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Do you provide ADR services?

If so, take a look at the proposed changes to Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice posted at mncourts.gov recently. (You can use this custom shortcut: http://bit.ly/2y6DJL0.) The ADR Section of the MSBA is reviewing the proposed amendments to determine whether to weigh in. November 28 is the deadline for written comments and […]

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SCOTUS: A preview with Justice Stras

Set aside your lunch hour on November 28 to attend the Appellate Practice Section’s Fall Quarterly Review: U.S. Supreme Court Term Review. In this special CLE at the Minnesota Judicial Center, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David R. Stras and United States Supreme Court clerk Aaron Van Oort will preview SCOTUS’s 2017 Term, whose docket includes […]

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MN Rules of Civil Procedure update

Over a year ago, the MSBA filed a petition with the Court requesting amendments to the MN Rules of Civil Procedure that would a) bring a number of the rules into conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and 2) require the Court to allocate 50 percent of unclaimed cy pres funds in state […]

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Greater MN clerkships 

The MSBA and our Outstate Practice Section are working with the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Outstate Practice Cooperative to launch the Greater Minnesota Outstate Clerkship. The purpose of the program is to offer law students an opportunity to work and live in greater Minnesota for a period of time during the summer […]

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