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Dealing with Unrepresented Persons

The rules relating to the adversary system in a “perfect world” envision two equal parties represented by competent, diligent counsel who play fair under the rules of professional conduct, civil or criminal procedure, evidence, etc.  On some occasions, it turns out that way—but frequently it does not.  This may never be truer than when an […]

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Lawyers Making a Difference

My first MSBA experience was serving as a volunteer on something called the Court Rules committee, about 25 years ago. As a young plaintiff personal injury lawyer at the time, I was thrilled to participate in an association that could make a difference in formulating the court rules that so affected both my professional life […]

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Notes & Trends – July 2015

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. CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • 4th Amendment: Inevitable discovery exception does not apply to statements. Appellant was convicted of first- and second-degree assault following a jury trial. A stabbing […]

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Using Transcripts of Audio Recordings During Trial

5 Basic Rules Every Judge & Attorney Should Know 1. General rule:  Transcripts of audio recordings played during trial may be provided to the jury to help them understand what is said in the recording. The decision to furnish jurors with copies of a transcript to assist them in listening to the audio recording is subject […]

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#NORTHSTARLAWYER

Following the publication of the 2015 North Star Lawyers recognition ad in the Star Tribune on June 4, we’ve been encouraging the pro bono contributors featured in the ad to tweet selfies with the hashtag #NorthStarLawyer. If you were among those recognized, please join your colleagues in celebrating and promoting the program on Twitter.

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Wills for Heroes program hits milestone

On June 27, the MSBA’s Wills for Heroes program served its 10,000th client. Wills for Heroes, which began in Columbia, South Carolina shortly after 9/11, is designed to assist emergency personnel in preparing wills at no cost. Launched in Minnesota in 2007 by the MSBA Probate and Trust Law Section, the Minnesota program is one […]

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MSBA adds Clio and ShareFile

MSBA members can now save 10 percent on practice management software and secure file-sharing services. We recently signed agreements with Clio and Citrix ShareFile to offer discounts as part of the MSBA Advantage program.  Clio is a comprehensive cloud-based practice management product specifically designed for solo practitioners and small-to-medium-sized law firms. Clio can be accessed using […]

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Civil Gideon CLE part of Dakota County series

On June 18, members of the MSBA Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee presented a CLE entitled “The Right to Civil Counsel: The Importance of Pro Bono in the Law” to 24 attorneys at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings. Presenters included the Honorable Colleen King, First Judicial District judge; Sharon Jones, executive director […]

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Save the date: MSBA tech partners conference

On November 5 in Lakeville, the MSBA will sponsor a full day of substantive CLE programming featuring presentations by MSBA technology partners such as Clio, ShareFile and HotDocs. The programming will include opportunities for Ethics and EOB credit as well. Watch for updates and additional information on social media and via other channels.

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Meet K. Davis Senseman: ‘A Smaller Practice Was Best’

K. Davis Senseman discovered her passion for helping business owners long before she realized her own entrepreneurial leanings. Her ability to understand the needs of business owners creates a relationship beyond attorney and client, and for most clients Davis serves a more comprehensive role as business advisor. Davis Law Office is located within CoCo, the largest […]

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