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Notes & Trends – July 2018

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Data Practices Act; ‘substantial evidence’ standard of review. In an important case under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that the ‘substantial evidence’ standard of review applies to data practices disputes heard by administrative law judges and clarified the act’s requirement that data requests be handled […]

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Social media and managing reputational risk

Recent events involving a certain television show remake and its quick and much-applauded cancellation have me ruminating on the repercussions of social media usage. In today’s digital world, many of us feel pressured to keep up with the constant onslaught of information that presents itself to us on a minute-by-minute basis. Through any number of […]

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Divorce and conflicts

Divorce and conflict: two words that go easily together. But what about amicable or friendly divorces? Are they conflict-free?  Conflicts are a frequent source of questions on our ethics hotline. In 2017, 30 percent of hotline calls involved a conflict of interest question. One issue I have been routinely surprised to hear on the hotline […]

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MSBA hosts national conference

Above, Judge Tony Leung, Judge Tanya Bransford, Justice Anne McKeig, and Judge Peter Reyes, who presented a session titled “A Conversation with Trailblazers of the Minnesota Courts.” The MSBA was honored to host the 30th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts last month. The conference theme, Equal […]

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Update: Early bar exam petition

The MSBA has filed a petition with the Court requesting amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Bar. The proposed amendments would allow law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation, provided they meet certain criteria as certified by their law school. By passing the bar exam early, students can begin employment […]

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MSBA, county bars to share staff

On June 21 the following announcement was made to staff members. We are pleased to announce an exciting development for the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), and Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA). Recently, the boards of directors of each voted to adopt a shared staff model with one executive director […]

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One Profession

As the new president of the MSBA, the first thing I want to tell you is thanks for being a member of our bar association. We have tremendous volunteer leaders and volunteers and a great staff. We all share one goal: to serve our members. My plan is to use this President’s Page to let […]

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BLE report proposes amendments to Rule 7A

The Board of Law Examiners (BLE) has filed its report on Rule 7A of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, including proposed amendments, with the Court (see ADM10-8008). The Court, after denying Kathleen Reilly’s petition for review of a BLE decision denying her admission based on years of practice to the Minnesota bar, had […]

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MSBA Future: Opportunities realized and awaiting

Last July, in my first president’s column, I foreshadowed the strategic planning process that the MSBA would carry out this year. I viewed my role as your president to shepherd us through a process to navigate change; engage in hard discussions; collaborate better with our MSBA partners, district bars, and affinity bars; eliminate duplicative efforts; […]

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Are you in good standing?

Every year, you are required to renew your attorney license by timely paying the annual registration fee.1 Attorneys with last names ending in A-E have a renewal date of January 1 of each year, attorneys with last names of F-K have a renewal date of April 1 of each year, and so on quarterly through […]

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