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Announcing MSBA webinar series for newcomers (and long-timers)

Whether you’re a law student, new member or just looking to get more out of your MSBA membership, the MSBA Onboarding Webinar series is a great way to learn more about the valuable tools and services included with your membership. These webinars are 30-minute online sessions meant to help you get the most out of […]

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MSBA member blogs: Follow and write!

We’ve added a new blog to our website: MSBA Voices is designed to capture our members’ experiences and initiatives in their practices or in the MSBA. The first articles, posted during Pro Bono Week (October 26-30), featured members’ responses to “Why I volunteer….” Visit to read their stories. Elsewhere in this issue of Bench […]

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Crunching Numbers

File aging can be a legitimate issue in the operation of the lawyer disciplinary system, but in the past year or so it feels as if there has been more anecdotal concern expressed about how long disciplinary investigations take than ever before. But analysis and decisions based upon anecdotes can be misguided. There are, of […]

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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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IOLTA Dollars Work Harder in Prime Partner Banks

Most every lawyer or firm that handles client funds has an Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) account through their financial institution. IOLTA accounts are used to hold pooled client funds or third-person deposits to be held for a short time. Despite widespread familiarity with the ethical rules governing maintenance of these accounts, most attorneys […]

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Updated mndocs form library

As you may know, the MSBA transitioned its mndocs product to a more accessible platform, HotDocs Market, earlier this year. As part of this process, the MSBA has been working with members to update and expand the forms available in mndocs. While this process is still ongoing, several hundred new and updated forms are now […]

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New pro bono program launched at Office of Administrative Hearings

On October 21, the MSBA Administrative Law Section kicked off its new pro bono project at a CLE entitled “Increasing Access to Justice at the Office of Administrative Hearings.” The program is a collaboration between the MSBA Administrative Law Section, the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Volunteer Lawyers Network. The civil justice gap […]

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Ground Zero for Overtime Compensation Disputes

Wage-and-hour claims constitute a rapidly growing genre of litigation, and this federal jurisdiction is becoming ground zero for it. A pair of recent rulings of the 8th Circuit, as well as another 8th Circuit case to be heard soon by the U.S. Supreme Court, reflect this trend as well as some peculiar aspects of it. […]

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Meet Patricia Perez-Jenkins: ‘I get to help people realize dreams’

PATRICIA PEREZ-JENKINS is a solo practitioner who focuses on immigration and family law. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005 and then practiced with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services before opening her own law firm in St. Paul. What led you to focus on immigration law? I am a child of immigrants. […]

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Notes & Trends – November 2015

CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Sentencing: Aggravated sentence supported by any aggravating factor arising from same course of conduct. Appellant pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and second-degree assault after firing a gun six times in response to being cut with a knife during a dispute on a basketball court, […]

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