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On Closing a Law Practice

A retiring lawyer’s open letter to younger lawyers on lessons learned the hard way Winding down a law practice is hard work. In this open letter to lawyers who are not yet contemplating retirement, a solo practitioner from Austin, Minnesota describes the process and offers advice to make it less arduous. (Hint: Go paperless now.) Hello: […]

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Arguing at the Appellate Level: A Judicial Clerk’s Perspective

What to do—and not to do—in oral argument Through her experience as a clerk, the author learned that the best appellate attorneys accomplished two goals at oral argument—helping judges reach a well-reasoned decision while at the same time firmly advocating for their clients. This article offers tips to help appellate lawyers achieve both goals. My […]

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Meet Heidi Hovis: ‘Rural communities have opportunities for new lawyers’

HEIDI HOVIS worked as an Ameri-Corps VISTA and licensed social worker before going to law school. As an attorney, Heidi practiced in White Earth Band of Ojibwe’s tribal court before becoming a legal aid attorney in rural Minnesota. In her current role, Heidi is an enforcement officer with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.  Tell […]

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Making a Difference at the Bar Foundation

“The MSBF Impact Grant has made a tremendous difference in the lives of trafficked victims by supporting Standpoint to provide victim-centered legal advice and consultation.” – Rana Alexander, executive director, Standpoint The MSBA’s Minnesota State Bar Foundation exists for the express purpose of providing monetary grants to community and law-related programs and activities. We focus […]

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Notes & Trends – April 2017

Commercial and Consumer Law JUDICIAL LAW • Precision is required. Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) §9-406, as a general rule, protects the account debtor on an account, chattel paper or a payment intangible (see UCC §3-602 for the negotiable instrument rule) by allowing the discharge of the payment obligation by paying the assignor in the event of an […]

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Public Finance Associate

Barnes & Thornburg seeks a public finance associate for our Minneapolis office. Ideal candidates should have prior experience in public finance or a strong interest in learning how public finance transactions are done. Candidates with experience in sophisticated transactions, or individuals, who are just finishing federal or state clerkships, would also be acceptable. Barnes & […]

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Associate Attorney

Ward Kopplin, PLLC, is seeking a transactional attorney with 2-5 years of experience in general corporate law, M&A, finance and/or emerging (start-up) companies. Please send a cover letter and resume to: info@wklawfirm.com For more information about the firm and practice areas, please visit: www.wklawfirm.com

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Wanted: Estate Planning Practice

Attorney is seeking to buy a Twin Cities estate planning practice of a lawyer looking to retire or transition. All inquiries held in the strictest of confidence. Email me at nnhs33@gmail.com or reply to: Bench & Bar Box 306, c/o MSBA, 600 Nicollet Mall, #380, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

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Recognition of tribal court orders and judgments

The MSBA has submitted a request to appear at a public hearing, along with summary comments, to the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice. The Court Committee solicited input regarding a petition to amend Rule 10 of the General Rules of Practice, which addresses recognition of tribal court orders and judgments. […]

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Check out Fastcase improvements

As you may have heard, the MSBA renewed its relationship with Fastcase effective January 1, 2017. Through this partnership, the MSBA is able to offer members free legal research (a savings of almost $1,000 annually). According to a recent survey conducted by Clio, Fastcase is the number two legal research tool in the market, trailing […]

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