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Change happens. And that’s good.

I am a lifelong Minnesotan. I have lived in the Twin Cities since infancy. I went to public schools in a large suburban district.  Almost everyone in my world looked like me and spoke English—my relatives, my neighbors, my friends, my teachers, the folks who worked in the gas station, stores and restaurants, the political […]

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The courage to change the things we can …

Courage, serenity and wisdom are the three gifts commonly sought by many in those recovery programs that have embraced the serenity prayer as a guidepost. Those qualities are useful for all of us in many facets of living. They also provide helpful guidance as we consider the findings and implications of the recent ABA/Hazelden study […]

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A lifetime to pay

One of our priorities this year has been to improve our effort at reaching out to law students. While our law school leadership is very supportive of the bar, many in the law school faculties (though thankfully not all) are disconnected from our bar. If we don’t play an active role in trying to connect […]

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear . . .

In June of this year, the MSBA Assembly adopted a recommendation to form a task force to consider whether we should support development of a new, non-attorney category of licensed legal service providers. This is an idea that has generated a good deal of apprehension among our members, many of whom are feeling economic pressure […]

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Improving Our Values Proposition

When I first began attending national conferences of bar leaders, I was surprised to learn that many, if not most, states have a mandatory bar association. If we followed that model here, we would have thousands of additional members. We could lower our dues, expand our member services, or opt for a little of both. […]

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Cases of Controversy

“Trying to be relevant to the challenging issues of the day is one way that our organization can offer greater value to our members. Simply ‘playing it safe’ does not.” In my first column I addressed the importance of the bar’s role in advocating for the profession. Before that article went to press, I was […]

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Lawyers Making a Difference

My first MSBA experience was serving as a volunteer on something called the Court Rules committee, about 25 years ago. As a young plaintiff personal injury lawyer at the time, I was thrilled to participate in an association that could make a difference in formulating the court rules that so affected both my professional life […]

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