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The Road Taken

From muddy trails to interstate highways, a history of Minnesota’s roads and the role courts and governments played in it It wasn’t always this way. The idea of getting in a car and driving on a paved road from Worthington to Grand Portage, or from Winona to Hallock, is a mid-20th century phenomenon. Minnesota started […]

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Bitcoin: ready or not…

Bitcoin for legal services remains a conundrum, but it’s one that firms need to reckon with Can a law firm accept bitcoin for legal services? What was once a purely theoretical scenario has become increasingly feasible. Rather than waiting idly for clarity, lawyers should begin positioning themselves now for the coming age of cryptocurrencies. On October […]

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‘What would a lawyer 100 years from now think of this decision?’

An interview with Justice David Lillehaug of the Minnesota  Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2013 by Gov. Mark Dayton. Immediately prior to joining the Court, he was a shareholder at Fredrikson & Bryon, P.A. with a diverse and exciting litigation practice. Justice Lillehaug left private practice for several years to […]

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The power of the privilege log

Litigators often overlook the importance privilege logs can play in discovery. Privilege logs are addressed, if at all, during the Rule 26 discovery conference. Discussions typically result in an agreement that a privilege log will be produced for all documents withheld, but rarely do attorneys delve into what information a privilege log should contain. Addressing […]

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Notes & Trends – May/June 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 25.01; dismissing appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Plaintiff was convicted of multiple counts of first degree-murder following a jury trial. In 2014, plaintiff filed an “Amended Petition for Post-Conviction Relief” arguing newly discovered DNA evidence placed an alternative suspect at two crime scenes. During the pendency of […]

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Complete B&B archive coming to Fastcase

Every issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, starting back at the magazine’s inception in 1943, will soon be available—and fully searchable—to MSBA members. The MSBA has been working with Hein Online to digitize every issue of the magazine. Later this summer Hein, in partnership with the MSBA and Fastcase, will make the entire library […]

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Limited-scope services initiative

The MSBA is starting an exciting initiative to support members interested in providing limited scope (aka unbundled) legal service to potential clients. In conjunction with the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations, the MSBA will create a statewide roster of attorneys accessible to the public through a new online portal supported by the Minnesota Judicial […]

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Changes ahead for mndocs tool

Document assembly tools like the MSBA’s mndocs product can reduce drafting time for legal documents by up to 95 percent. In early 2015 the MSBA introduced a big change to its document assembly product, moving it from a Windows-only product to a secure cloud-based system that can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and on any device. […]

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May/June 2018

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Wide Variety of New Civil Rules Take Effect in July

What you need to know about the new amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure On March 13, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court promulgated amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure.1 The amendments take effect on July 1, 2018, and are broad in reach, if not necessarily earth-shaking. They change more than 15 rules […]

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