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Serving Democracy & the Profession

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its historic commitment to educating members of the public about the role of lawyers and courts, and about the rule of law. Educating the public on the roles of lawyers and judges, and on how law actually works, is a service not just […]

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Personal & Professional Development

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of the opportunities it provides for members to be leaders. Sure, it may seem obvious to speak about leadership opportunities when you’re the president, but it’s not just about this particular, mighty office (side note: at the April 25 Assembly meeting the announcement will be […]

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Promoting Impartial Justice

I’m proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its longstanding commitment to fostering a greater understanding of and appreciation for our independent judiciary. From its founding in 1883, the MSBA recognized the critical importance of promoting awareness of the role and value of “the third branch.”  Particularly today, with our internet-hyped, 24-hour […]

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Partner With the Judiciary

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its deep and productive relationship with Minnesota’s judiciary. Since its creation over 130 years ago, MSBA has sought to promote a healthy relationship between the legal community and the members of the bench as one of its primary purposes, and that really has never […]

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An Effective Policy Advocate

I am proud to be a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association because this organization has a well-earned reputation as an effective advocate at the Minnesota Legislature for strong, responsive public policy. The 2014 legislative session begins next month, and your bar association will be well-represented at the Capitol by Emily McGann, our government relations […]

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‘Tis the Season

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of the spirit of philanthropy that is so evident in our districts and our sister organization, the Minnesota State Bar Foundation. In a previous column, I expressed my appreciation for the amazing generosity of MSBA members who self-reported having provided over $17 million worth of […]

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Facing the Big Questions

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its willingness to take on some of the “big questions” facing not only our association, but also our profession and our society. Future of Legal Education Recently, we have been challenged to broach an important discussion about the future of legal education in Minnesota […]

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Expanding Access to Justice

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its comprehensive commitment to expanding access to justice for people across Minnesota. Recently, the MSBA’s Council explored what it understands the phrase “access to justice” to mean. We observed that, this simple phrase contains (at least) two distinct yet critical elements:  access, and justice—justice, […]

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Commitment & Diversity

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA, because not only is it committed to fostering diversity within the legal community, it’s willing to look at its own efforts and acknowledge when they are not enough. Last year, a work group of committed MSBA members undertook—at the Council’s request—an unflinching examination of the organization’s […]

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Enlivening a Vital Partnership

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of the efforts it makes to be a vital partner for attorneys statewide.  But, as you will read below, I do have some questions and I hope you will consider responding. Statewide Reach The MSBA’s statewide reach was really brought home for me this spring […]

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