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Change happens. And that’s good.

I am a lifelong Minnesotan. I have lived in the Twin Cities since infancy. I went to public schools in a large suburban district.  Almost everyone in my world looked like me and spoke English—my relatives, my neighbors, my friends, my teachers, the folks who worked in the gas station, stores and restaurants, the political […]

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‘That’s a terrible job’: How this lawyer ended up director of the OLPR

In December 2015, I told a family member that I had an interview for the position of director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) and the Client Security Board (CSB). The response? “That’s a terrible job: whiny complainants, lawyers as respondents (!) and opposing counsel, mostly frivolous complaints, and your peers think you […]

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Meet Claudia Revermann: ‘I decide what I will focus on’

CLAUDIA REVERMANN practices in the areas of trust and estate planning, taxation, business law, and family law. She is also a certified public accountant. Prior to practicing law, she worked in a large regional accounting firm, doing tax compliance and lending litigation support to family law attorneys and their clients. After working in other law firms […]

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MSBA award recipients to be honored at April assembly 

At the upcoming meeting of the MSBA Assembly on Friday, April 22, three annual awards will be presented to members in recognition of outstanding service in different facets of the legal profession. The MSBA’s David Graven Public Service Award is given to members who best exemplify the high standards of the profession in combination with […]

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Panel on SCOTUS affirmative action case

On February 24th, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) and the MSBA co-sponsored a panel discussion on affirmative action and the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, which is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The panel was moderated by Ms. Kiesha Mayes (Gray Plant Mooty).The panelists included Professor Carl Warren […]

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MSBA Spring Cleaning event coming to On-Demand CLE 

Members turned out for the MSBA’s “Spring Cleaning” programming on March 24. Over the course of the day, those in attendance had the opportunity to create new marketing tools and learn about Casemaker, which will become the MSBA’s online legal research provider on July 1. Forty-six members had a new professional headshot taken at no […]

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Notes & Trends – April 2016

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 • Customer of a debtor check processing company not entitled to recovery of commingled funds in possession of the Chapter 7 trustee. Debtor provided automated […]

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MSBA Appellate Section partners on pro se clinic

Minnesota’s Appeals Self-Help Clinic opened its doors to customers for the first time in January. The new advice-only clinic—designed to help unrepresented parties navigate the appellate process—is only the second of its kind in the nation. During this first pilot year, the clinic is being offered on the third Thursday of each month, from 2:30-4:30 […]

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The courage to change the things we can …

Courage, serenity and wisdom are the three gifts commonly sought by many in those recovery programs that have embraced the serenity prayer as a guidepost. Those qualities are useful for all of us in many facets of living. They also provide helpful guidance as we consider the findings and implications of the recent ABA/Hazelden study […]

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Our ethical responsibility to help ourselves and our colleagues

The recently released ABA/Hazelden survey1 and the new data on law students2 serve as a stark reminder of the challenges we face as a profession. Both studies confirm what we have known all along: Lawyers and law students suffer from chemical and mental illness at significantly higher rates than the rest of the population.3 What […]

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