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How do Minnesota’s attorney discipline numbers compare?

Benchmarking is popular in business. I have found, however, that it is a challenge to benchmark attorney regulation systems given the differing approaches to attorney discipline and regulation among the states. Even though no two systems are identical, it is interesting to look at how different states approach attorney regulation, and to compare how many […]

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Notes & Trends – August 2017

Landmarks in the Law Current developments in judicial law, legislation, and administrative action together with a foretaste of emergent trends in law and the legal profession for the complete Minnesota lawyer. BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Debtor cannot exempt annuity payments simply because it was purchased as a result of spouse’s death. Debtor sought to exempt […]

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CLEs: more content, more convenience

The MSBA continues to expand its CLE programming each year. Last year we offered roughly 300 programs. Section CLE programming continues to be a central part of your MSBA membership, but with busy members throughout the state, it’s not always easy to attend a one-hour program in Minneapolis. Almost all MSBA CLE programs now offer […]

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Down with avoidance

I’m not really a dog person. Probably more accurately, I’m not really a pet person. But I think that what that really means is that I’ve never been exposed to pets (unless you count a guppy, which I don’t think you can). Now it’s not that I don’t like animals, it’s just that I’m completely […]

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Meet Thomas Winters: ‘I fell in love with the community’

THOMAS P. WINTERS is a general practitioner at Ramstad, Skoyles & Winters in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where his practice is focused mostly on estate planning and probate. A 2009 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, he and his wife, Erin Winters, have a one-year-old son and another child on the way.  Tell us about […]

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Fastcase adds offerings

The MSBA renewed its relationship with Fastcase in January, and Fastcase has responded by offering many new services and new content to MSBA members. This spring, Fastcase took over delivery of the MSBA’s long-time Court Opinions by Email service; in addition to offering the same content and delivery options, Fastcase has added new Tax and […]

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Get involved: low-fee family law project

The MSBA and the HCBA are collaborating to provide expanded access to low fee family law representation across the state. The project is part of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS), providing reduced fee family law services to the working poor. Clients are individuals who are not financially eligible for […]

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Mock Trial seeks clothing donations

The MSBA Mock Trial program is seeking donations of suits or courtroom attire (including dresses for girls) for the upcoming competition season. All sizes, so long as the outfits are in good condition, slightly used (no buttons missing, zipper broken, not faded, etc…) or new (think of that outfit you thought looked great on at […]

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Digital evidence: New authentication standards coming

As it is now written, Federal Rule of Evidence 902 pertains to self-authenticating records such as newspapers and public records that require no external evidence to be made admissible at trial. Soon, the rule will encompass digital records generated by electronic processes in addition to records preserved directly from electronic devices or files, such as […]

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MN Legal Ethics, 7th ed is here!

The 7th edition of Bill Wernz’s landmark ethics book, Minnesota Legal Ethics, is now available at the MSBA website—and it’s free to all Minnesota attorneys. Visit www.mnbar.org/ebooks to download your copy. Highlights in this edition include: Social media: a discussion of Lawyers Board Opinion 24 and the limits on an attorney’s right of self-defense against […]

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