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Meet Pete Radosevich: ‘Everything a small town lawyer is asked to do’

PETE RADOSEVICH is a personal injury, divorce, and litigation attorney practicing in the small town of Esko, between Duluth and Cloquet in northern Minnesota. Born and raised in the Duluth area, he spent 15 years in the Twin Cities before figuring out how to get back home. He also makes some of the best pizza […]

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Private Probation: Saving a Career?

On average, the Minnesota Supreme Court orders a period of probation for seven attorneys each year. Almost all of these are attached to a public reprimand for some act (or acts) of misconduct sufficiently serious to warrant public discipline, yet not so serious as to require that the attorney be suspended. Attorneys reinstated from suspension […]

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The MSBA’s Legislative Advocacy Program

The MSBA’s legislative agenda is developed through an interactive process that involves practice-area sections and standing committees. In anticipation of the 2016 Minnesota legislative session, MSBA members began legislative planning this month. Committees and sections develop legislative proposals and take them to the Legislative Committee. The Legislative Committee vets the proposals and then makes recommendations […]

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Access to Justice infographic wins praise 

In August, Bench & Bar ran a two-page infographic entitled “State of Access to Justice in Minnesota.” The spread summarizing statewide ATJ data generated a lot of buzz on social media, prompting retweets and reposts from organizations around the U.S. as well as in Minnesota. Some of the local reaction: Ellen Krug, Executive Director of […]

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Got a photo in your member profile yet?

MSBA’s free member headshot events are a hit. In the past month successful events were held in Richfield (thanks to the firm of Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks, PA for hosting!) and in Mankato (hosted by the Sixth District Bar Association). Watch for announcements of additional events as they’re scheduled. According to studies of […]

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Call for members of Alternative Legal Models Task Force

The MSBA is looking for members who are interested in appointment to the Alternative Legal Models Task Force. The task force, whose creation is pursuant to action taken by the MSBA Assembly in June, will examine the advisability of supplementing traditional lawyer representation through the creation of a new type of limited-scope certified legal assistance […]

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Mo’ Bono Publico

This past summer Minneapolis played host to a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation of America. They help fund Legal Aid programs throughout our country, and form the backbone of our nation’s pro bono resources. The LSC president eloquently reminds us that both the first sentence of our Constitution (“We […]

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Student Gets Schooled In Unemployment Compensation Law

As students join teachers and administrative personnel and staff in flocking back to public and private schools in Minnesota to begin the 2015-2016 academic year, they can learn from a recent ruling of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In a mid-summer decision, the appellate court upheld denial of unemployment compensation benefits by the Department of […]

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Felony Sentencings & Probation Violation Hearings

THE ONE THING A JUDGE SHOULD NEVER SAY During a felony sentencing or probation violation hearing (PVH), judges may warn defendants that a violation of probation can have serious ramifications, but the court should never promise, announce or otherwise imply that the court will send the defendant to prison if he/she violates conditions of their […]

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Notes & Trends – September 2015

Current developments in Judicial Law, Legislation, and Executive Action together with a foretaste of Emergent Trends in law and the legal profession for the complete Minnesota lawyer. BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Default interest rate enforceable in bankruptcy. The 8th Circuit has held that a clause in a Note which provided that upon default, the interest […]

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