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Market Disruption and Our Call for Engagement

Last month, I attended the American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. This meant lots of great food, a remarkable visit to Alcatraz with Rebecca Rhoda Fisher (one of two national winners of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s Pro Bono Champion Award), and the exciting chance to exchange ideas with bar leaders from across […]

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Communities of color and the law: We must be bold

If you are a Hmong woman and your husband has beaten you repeatedly, working up the courage to come to the Domestic Abuse Service Center at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for help is not easy. But walking in the door and being introduced to one of our advocates, who also is Hmong, must be […]

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After Castile: Advancing a vital conversation

On August 11, the MSBA and 10 affinity bar co-sponsors presented After Castile: A Forum on Race and Criminal Justice.1 The event, which drew 188 in-person attendees and another 200+ viewers at nine remote locations around the state, featured a panel discussion moderated by Judge Peter Reyes; panelists included Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds, Minnesota […]

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Is your trust account in order?

Handling other people’s money carries with it serious responsibilities. I am glad I have never had to maintain a trust account. Large firms have the luxury of dedicating specific individuals (attorneys and bookkeepers) to that task; in-house counsel and lawyers in public service rarely handle client funds directly. My brother, an attorney, recently opened his […]

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Meet Joshua Newville: ‘Take time to understand what motivates you’

Joshua Newville is a civil rights and employment law litigator at Madia Law in Minneapolis. A self-described “cause lawyer,” Newville is committed to confronting discrimination and unfair treatment. A Wisconsin native, he attended undergrad and law school at the University of Minnesota. Despite graduating only four years ago, Newville has already handled several high profile […]

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Notes & Trends – September 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 • Filing proof of claim on time-barred debt not per se violation of FDCPA. Debtor Nelson defaulted on a consumer debt in November 2006. Debtor […]

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Notes & Trends – August 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. CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Theft of motor vehicle: Participation in movement of motor vehicle required to ‘take’ the vehicle. Police responded to a call to find respondent […]

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Meet Allison Marshall & Jenna Westby

‘There are lots of ways to assist clients on a limited scope basis’ ALLISON L. MARSHALL was admitted to practice in 2005. After a two-and-a-half-year judicial clerkship, she opened her own solo law firm focusing on family law. In 2011, she co-founded LEGALnudge. JENNA C. WESTBY was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 2006. She […]

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‘Reply all’ and some thoughts on flat fees

Earlier this year, this column included a summary of private discipline issued in 2015.1 The article included a summary of an admonition for violation of Rule 4.2, Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC), resulting from an attorney’s use of the “reply all” email feature. This summary caught the attention of many members of the bar […]

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FAQ: The MSBA’s new and revamped member services

At the start of the new bar year on July 1, the MSBA made several changes to its products and services, including the launch of a new version of our practicelaw resource library, the adoption of Casemaker as the association’s free research tool, and the introduction of new member communities at my.mnbar.org. We also revamped […]

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