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MSBA petitions Court to amend Rules 1.6(b) and 5.5 of the MRPC

The Court has ordered a comment period regarding the MSBA’s petition to amend Rules 1.6(b) and 5.5 of the MN Rules of Professional Conduct. The comment deadline is November 20, with a public hearing scheduled for January 15. The proposed amendments to 1.6(b) provide clarity as to how lawyers may respond to public criticism from […]

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BLE report proposes amendments to Rule 7A

The Board of Law Examiners (BLE) has filed its report on Rule 7A of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, including proposed amendments, with the Court (see ADM10-8008). The Court, after denying Kathleen Reilly’s petition for review of a BLE decision denying her admission based on years of practice to the Minnesota bar, had […]

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Supreme Court’s amendments to MRCP include many proposed by MSBA

A series of amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect on July 1, 2018.  Many of the adopted amendments had been proposed by the MSBA.  A number of amendments conform the Minnesota rules to the federal rules of civil procedure, where the federal rules have been working well. The amended rules […]

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MSBA speaks against permanent codification of cameras in the courtroom pilot at Supreme Court hearing

On April 25, MSBA President Sonia Miller-Van Oort and Max Keller, chair of the Criminal Law Section, spoke at the Court’s public hearing to express the MSBA’s opposition to the proposal to permanently codify a pilot project allowing cameras in the courtroom. The MSBA’s two main concerns are that: 1) the small sample size of […]

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Graven, Becker Awards winners celebrated at MSBA Assembly meeting

Six distinguished legal professionals were honored with awards at the quarterly meeting of the MSBA Assembly on April 20. The MSBA presented the David Graven Public Service Award to Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz.  Chief Justice Blatz has been committed to public service since her graduation from law school in 1984, serving in the Minnesota […]

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MSBA opposes making cameras-in-courtroom pilot permanent

Acting on a recommendation from the Criminal Law Section, the MSBA filed comments with the Supreme Court in opposition to making the cameras in the courtroom pilot project permanent. The reasoning behind the MSBA position includes these factors: The small sample size of the pilot does not warrant a conclusion that it would be beneficial […]

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MSBA Assembly will weigh petitioning changes to MPRC

The MSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee is proposing that the MSBA petition the court for amendments to MRPC 1.6 and MRPC 5.5. The MSBA Assembly will consider these proposals at its December 8 meeting. Rule 1.6 addresses confidentiality of information, while Rule 5.5 pertains to the unauthorized practice of law. The amendments to Rule 5.5 […]

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