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‘All of a sudden it was like, Holy Cow’—The opioid epidemic is ravaging northeastern Minnesota—and its legal system

Duluth’s heroin problem started with prescription opioids—pain pills. In the first decade of the new century, St. Louis County didn’t record a single heroin overdose. Beginning in 2011, the heroin deaths began to mount and have remained in the double digits every year since. The epidemic levels of opioid abuse have created a state of perpetual crisis in drug courts and […]

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First, Do No Harm: The intersection of opioids and the courts

The growing number of opioid users entering the legal system poses many challenges for courts, not least in the area of devising pretrial release protocols that minimize the danger of death by overdose. This article, written in consultation with a physician specializing in the treatment of addiction, spells out factors to consider when courts face […]

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The Quality of Mercy

Why I asked for leniency at the sentencing of the drug dealer who sold my son Max a fatal dose “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that […]

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Bars’ joint low-fee project expands

The Statewide Low Fee Family Law Project, a collaboration between the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service, serves clients who are not financially eligible for pro bono legal services, yet cannot afford the market rate services of a private attorney. In order to qualify for services, […]

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Life sentences for juveniles reconsidered

In February members of the Commission on Juvenile Sentencing for Heinous Crimes testified before a Minnesota House of Representatives committee on the unconstitutionality of portions of Minnesota’s Heinous Crimes Act. Minnesota is one of just eight states with laws that fail to comply with Miller v. Alabama, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that […]

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Anatomy of a subrogation investigation

A successful subrogation action begins long before a complaint is even filed. A well-executed subrogation investigation will increase your chances of success and may even allow your client to recover without resorting to litigation. Before getting into the anatomy of a subrogation investigation, let’s begin with a definition of subrogation. Subrogation is defined as “[t]he substitution […]

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Meet Tom Leighton: ‘An entirely new legal environment’

TOM LEIGHTON is vice president of content acquisition and judicial relations at Thomson Reuters Legal in Eagan, Minnesota. He started at West Publishing in 1989 as a headnote editor and has had a series of interesting and challenging roles in the succeeding 28 years as the company has evolved. He and his wife Jeanette have […]

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In Time for Spring: Bike Law 101

What lawyers should know about the rules of the road and bike-relevant insurance law Springtime is finally around the corner. The melting of snow triggers a typical Minnesotan desire in both young and old to put some air in the tires, find a helmet, and jump on our bicycles for a ride. This makes perfectly good […]

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Attorney Wanted

Alexandria, MN, AV-rated law firm seeks an associate with zero to five years experience to work in its growing general practice. If interested, please send or email cover letter and resume to: Swenson Lervick Law Firm, Attn: Office Manager, 710 Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308. Email: bak@alexandriamnlaw.com

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Business Associate Attorney

Rinke Noonan, a large outstate AV-rated law firm seeks Associate with 1 – 3 years of experience to practice in the areas of business transactions, estate planning, and complex real estate.  Work, train, and learn with experienced attorneys in a collaborative and professional atmosphere.  Competitive salary, with 100% employer paid family medical and dental.  For […]

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