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Bridging the Bar’s Generation Gap

Is the Minnesota State Bar Association prepared for the rise of the “millennial generation” in the legal workplace? This year millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are projected to surpass baby boomers as the largest generation in the US workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In contrast to aging baby boomers, […]

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New and Noteworthy

Several developments in the area of professional responsibility have occurred in a fairly short period of time since the start of this year. Each warrants comment but perhaps not an entire column, so this month I’ll address a few marginally related matters under the heading “new and noteworthy.”1 Amendments to the MRPC On February 27, […]

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Notes & Trends – April 2015

BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW •  Retainer not subject to disgorgement. In an opinion noted as “at the risk of being redundant,” the court held that, in an administratively insolvent case converted from a Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7, there is no statutory provision that allows for the return or disgorgement of a retainer.  Having previously […]

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Meet Lisa Pluto: Going Where the Clients Are

LISA K. PLUTO practices with Pluto Legal, PLLC, based in Tyler.  She is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Iowa and concentrates in Medical Assistance and Estate Planning.  Pluto is a member of the Wealth Counsel, Hennepin County Medical Assistance Committee, Southern Minnesota Estate Planning Council and the MSBA Probate and Trust Law section. How […]

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Member Profiles: If We Don’t Measure…

Periodically at the Fix Studio where I work out, cyclists perform a 30-minute “threshold test” to measure average power output.  It is the best predictor of athletic endurance performance.  All that’s required is to bike as hard as you can possibly go for 30 minutes.  It’s a painful test dreaded by all participants.  The reason […]

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Summary of Private Discipline

In calendar year 2014, the Director’s Office resolved 143 files with admonitions that were issued to Minnesota attorneys for isolated and nonserious violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC).  Another 18 lawyers entered into stipulations for private probation that were approved by the Lawyers Board chair; these stipulations resolved an additional 29 complaint […]

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Managing I-94 Complications

We recommend that international students, visitors, workers, investors and their family members print their electronic I-94 arrival and departure records shortly after they arrive in the U.S.  The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has now fully implemented its program to automate electronic I-94s at entry.  Every foreign student, visitor, worker, investor or their […]

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Meet Joseph Krueger: Challenges of Small-Town Lawyering

Joseph Krueger is a shareholder with Brown & Krueger in Long Prairie. He graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 2003 with a concentration in Business, Taxation and Commercial Transactions. Krueger serves as the 7th District Representative to the MSBA Assembly and recently joined the Outstate Practice Section Council.     How would you […]

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Social Skills Practice

One of the privileges of being MSBA President is the opportunity to travel across the state visiting district bar associations at their annual meetings.  It’s a great way to meet members and learn about the issues facing district bars.  These meetings are a lot of fun too.  My recent visit to the 12th District’s winter […]

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Summary of Public Discipline

Again this year, this column will feature a summary of the previous year’s public discipline decisions1 in addition to a summary of private disciplinary dispositions, which will follow next month.  Even though public discipline decisions can be obtained from various sources (especially on the internet), such as from the LPRB website or the Minnesota Supreme […]

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