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Notes & Trends – December 2018

COMMERCIAL & CONSUMER LAW REGULATORY LAW • Unlawful practices: Federal consumer protection laws give regulators considerable authority to penalize creditors that violate the protections afforded. In a regulatory action, a Minnesota bank was charged with “redlining”—that is, intentionally avoiding providing services in Minneapolis-St. Paul to individuals living in predominantly minority neighborhoods, because of race or […]

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Dalby named CEO of combined bar staffs

The Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association and Ramsey County Bar Association are pleased to announce that Cheryl Dalby has accepted the role of chief executive officer of the three associations. The boards of directors of the associations decided in June 2018 to adopt a shared staff model to better coordinate efforts, increase […]

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Welcome, new lawyers

MSBA President Paul Godfrey (left) joined Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Director Emily Eschweiler, MBLE board member John Koneck, and Clerk of the Appellate Courts AnnMarie O’Neill in welcoming almost 400 new lawyers to the profession in St. Paul on October 26.   On October 26, the Minnesota Supreme Court and the MSBA welcomed 395 […]

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Pro bono: North Star certification reminder

North Star Lawyers certification time is here again. The North Star program recognizes MSBA members who provide essential volunteer legal services to Minnesota’s low-income residents. It celebrates the work of members who perform at least 50 hours of pro bono service in a calendar year, as set forth in Rule 6.1(a), (b)(1) and (b)(2) of […]

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Succession planning matters. Have you done it?

I work for Farmers Insurance Company. And because I do work for a large company, my succession plan is already in place. When I can no longer practice due to disability, retirement, or death, Farmers will step in and name my replacement. This will result in a seamless transition regarding the service my office provides to our […]

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The Chinese spy chip scandal and supply chain security

Last month, the security world was abuzz over allegations that Chinese spy chips had affected American motherboards on a staggering scale and had compromised sensitive data. Through these spy chips, according to an October 4 investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek, Chinese perpetrators had successfully enacted a surveillance campaign. Bloomberg’s initial reporting was met with harsh […]

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Attention general counsel: UPL and you

Earlier this year, the Ohio Supreme Court publicly disciplined the general counsel of a large corporation for the unauthorized practice of law.1 This GC was licensed to practice law in Ohio, but joined the law department of a Florida-based corporation and moved to Florida in 2009.  He did not, however, become licensed in Florida, where […]

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Five tips from a former clerk: Navigating your next appeal

Babe Ruth once said, “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” The same is true in litigation. Whether you hit a home run in district court, or lost hard, every litigator will repeatedly face the question of whether and how to appeal that shutout, or how to defend that big win. For many of you, […]

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Meet Dan Adkins: ‘Defending that which appears indefensible’

DAN ADKINS, a 1994 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, worked as a litigator with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, among other stops, before opening his own firm in 2008. That firm has evolved into North Star Criminal Defense, where Dan presently represents folks charged with crimes (dozens of jury trials in […]

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MN Unbundled project launches

The Minnesota Unbundled Law Project—a collaboration between the MSBA and the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations—went live last month at www.MNunbundled.org. Staff from each of the bar organizations worked over the past six months to develop the roster, design a training program, recruit attorneys, and begin promoting the website. The bar associations received funding […]

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