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Introducing the Legal Tech Assessment

The MSBA is on track to be the first bar association to offer the Procertas Legal Tech Assessment (LTA) as a member benefit. The LTA is the brain child of Casey Flaherty, former counsel for Kia Motors. Flaherty created the LTA to test whether Kia’s outside counsel knew its way around common software tools well […]

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Appellate Section raises $2K for Page Foundation at social hour event

The MSBA Appellate Practice Section recently hosted a social hour featuring retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page. In his remarks, Page expressed appreciation for the collegiality among members of the Minnesota Supreme Court, contrasting it with the highest court in our neighboring state of Wisconsin. He also emphasized the need for addressing racial injustice […]

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MSBA Alternative Legal Models Task Force appointed

In January MSBA President Mike Unger named the following members to the MSBA’s Alternative Legal Models Task Force: Kenneth White and Susan Wiens (co-chairs), Sally Dahlquist, Hon. Michele Davis, Bridget Gernander, Leondra Hanson, Marcy Harris, Charla Hunter, April King, Ellen Krug, Lawrence McDonough, Fred Ojile, Jon Olson, Elizabeth Reppe, Hon. John Rodenberg, Maren Schroeder, Traci […]

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Join the MSBA on London trip

Be a part of the MSBA delegation to London in May. Curious about how the UK legal system operates? Join MSBA President Mike Unger as he leads a group of your Minnesota colleagues in an international exchange of legal developments with your overseas counterparts. Through first-hand observation of a local trial, interactions with barristers and […]

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Spring cleaning: Update your online presence 

On Thursday, March 24, the MSBA will offer members an opportunity to take advantage of a number of services, including Video Day and Headshot Day. This ‘Spring Cleaning’ event will allow members to update their digital properties and get advice (and CLE credit) from experts, staff and other members. The day will kick off with a CLE presentation […]

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The people’s court

During the month of January we learned of the confirmation of Justice Mimi Wright to become our newest federal judge, and within days we learned that Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Margaret Chutich was named to replace her on the Supreme Court. District Judge Diane Bratvold was appointed to take Chutich’s spot on the court […]

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Summary of private discipline

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” may be a cliché, but in the area of lawyer conduct, there is some truth in the saying. In 2015, as in many other years, more complaints arose out of family law and criminal matters than from other types of matters. Also as in many […]

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Meet Heather Gilbert: ‘Discovering the passion that drives you’

HEATHER GILBERT, president of Gilbert Law PLLC, represents individuals with disability discrimination claims against medical providers, employers, and public entities. She is fluent in American Sign Language and is the only attorney in Minnesota who is also a court-certified sign language interpreter. Gilbert Law, known as Minnesota’s “deaf-friendly” law firm, provides a wide-array of legal […]

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Notes & Trends – February 2016

BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Bankruptcy court’s findings on non-dischargeable student loan debts upheld. On remand from a prior appeal to determine the debtor’s disposable income to service certain student loan payments, the bankruptcy court held that her monthly disposable income was $170.30, from which it held she could make payments on four of her student […]

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Notes & Trends – January 2016

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIAL LAW Minnesota Supreme Court finds EPA pollution regulation clear on its face, declines deference to state and federal agency interpretation. A dispute over pollution from a cattle feeding operation provided an opportunity for the Minnesota Supreme Court to revisit the issue of judicial deference to state agency regulatory interpretations. Under federal and […]

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