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Update: Minnesota unbundled roster

The Minnesota Judicial Branch recently obtained $50,000 in grant funding from the National Center for State Courts to create an online roster of attorneys interested in providing unbundled legal services. At the request of the iudicial branch, MSBA staffers Steve Marchese and Nancy Mischel, along with staff from the HCBA and RCBA, developed a proposal […]

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Petition update: Rules for Admission to the Bar

The Minnesota Supreme Court is accepting comments on the MSBA’s Petition to Amend the Rules for Admission to the Bar to allow certain qualified law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation. Sixteen states already have provisions allowing for an early bar exam. The proposed changes to Rule 4(c) leave in the hands […]

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This month, learn to get more from your membership

From Fastcase to practicelaw, your MSBA membership entitles you to unlimited access to a number of free (or low-cost) resources. Learn more about these valuable practice tools during our Back To School Week webinar series from August 27-30. These free webinars help familiarize you with your member benefits and other tools to help you practice […]

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August 2018

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Sharing staff

Last year President Sonia Miller-Van Oort chaired the committee that put together the MSBA’s new three-year strategic plan. That plan was adopted by the Assembly on June 29, 2018. The five priorities, in no particular order, have been set as follows: The MSBA will expand upon and improve how it uniquely connects and provides a […]

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Meet Emily Cooper: ‘I get to help people every day’

Emily K. Cooper (Cooper Law LLC) is a 1996 honors graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. In her 22 years of practice she has worked with clients and companies at all levels. She has practiced in the area of civil litigation and family law at a major law firm in Ohio and spent […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury

A Beginners Guide for Criminal Justice and Legal Professionals Traumatic-brain injury (TBI) is a serious disorder that can result in a host of short and long-term deficits and is common among individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Individuals affected by TBI may experience a broad range of symptoms, including disturbances in adaptive functioning (e.g., […]

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MSBA President 2018-19: Paul Godfrey

A Coaching Style of Leadership By all accounts, Paul Godfrey, the 2018-19 Minnesota State Bar Association president, is a conscientious straight-shooter who likes to get things done. He’s also a long-time coach who brings a team mentality to his playbook.   If you have occasion to phone Paul Godfrey while he’s serving as MSBA president this […]

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Combat Trauma and Criminal Responsibility

Recognizing PTSD and assessing its impact on legal options Since its formal addition to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been increasingly argued in both criminal and civil court. Subsequently, several states have accepted PTSD as both a mitigating and exculpatory factor in criminal cases.1 Estimates of PTSD […]

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Stairway to Hell: How the Supreme Court is upsetting the equilibrium in Minnesota’s workers’ comp system

Minnesota’s workers’ compensation system has been around for over 100 years. The essence of the “grand bargain” that underpins our system is found in the introductory provision to our workers’ compensation act: The workers’ compensation system in Minnesota is based on a mutual renunciation of common law rights and defenses by employers and employees alike. […]

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