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Stumping for our judiciary

Across the country, the legal profession has been focused on the president’s executive order, the court decisions regarding the constitutionality of the order, and the president’s comments about the judiciary. Regardless of your political views, I ask you to consider these events in a different context—one that sets aside policy positions and embraces an institutional […]

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Your duty to report

Imagine the following scenario: Counsel at a motion hearing is unusually discourteous, interrupting opposing counsel and talking over the court. The motion is argued, not particularly competently, and submitted. Following the hearing, counsel experiences what appears to be a serious medical emergency, and medical and bailiff personnel are called. Shortly thereafter, counsel and the court […]

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Meet Greg Bucher: ‘I enjoy the diversity of a rural practice’

GREG BUCHER is a native of southwest Minnesota. After graduating from Southwest State University (now Southwest Minnesota State University) he worked several years in agricultural equipment finance. He obtained his J.D. from William Mitchell in 1999, and eventually escaped the Twin Cities metro area to join Stoneberg, Giles & Stroup, P.A. in 2005. Greg, his […]

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Lillehaug, Cleary on unpublished decisions

On March 30 the Judiciary and Court Rules Committees will meet jointly to hear from Justice David Lillehaug regarding the recent article he wrote for Bench & Bar regarding unpublished appellate decisions. Chief Judge Edward Cleary from the Minnesota Court of Appeals will provide his perspective as well. The committees will also review the comments […]

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Annual criminal law seminar

The MSBA Criminal Law Section will once again hold its annual seminar, “Everything BUT the Trial School,” on March 30. This year our focus is on providing accurate and meaningful advice under the difficult conditions of the implied consent call; conducting an initial consultation that serves the client as well as it sells services; and […]

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Immigration law training

It was standing room only on February 2 at Robins Kaplan when the firm hosted a response-team attorney training for lawyers interested in serving people affected by President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order on immigrants and refugees. The training featured contributions from the Center for New Americans, the Minnesota ACLU, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. […]

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ABA pro bono survey

Over 3,000 licensed Minnesota lawyers participated in the 2017 ABA Pro Bono Survey this winter. Minnesota’s total number of responses was the third highest nationally, after Texas and California. The 12% overall response rate also exceeded all but one state. This year’s survey is the most extensive effort by the ABA to understand the scale […]

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Essien joins DILC

The MSBA is excited to announce that Mike Essien has been appointed to serve on the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. Mike is a principal at Essien Law Office, PLLC, where he practices intellectual property law with a focus on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and e-commerce. He is the current president of the Minnesota Association […]

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Legislating Equity, continued

MSBA’s Human Rights Committee and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers are pleased to announce the next CLE in the “Legislating Equity” series. The next CLE in this series (March 29 at noon at the MSBA) will focus on health law and policy. The following panelists will steer us through this complex landscape: Dr. Edward […]

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MSBA “Meet the Bar” events

As part of the MSBA’s Law Student Initiative, we have been holding “Meet the Bar” events at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (February 28) and at Mitchell Hamline (March 15). The events include free headshots for students as well as opportunities to talk to solo attorneys, attorneys from non-traditional law firms, attorneys […]

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