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MSBA Assembly will weigh petitioning changes to MPRC

The MSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee is proposing that the MSBA petition the court for amendments to MRPC 1.6 and MRPC 5.5. The MSBA Assembly will consider these proposals at its December 8 meeting. Rule 1.6 addresses confidentiality of information, while Rule 5.5 pertains to the unauthorized practice of law. The amendments to Rule 5.5 […]

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Do you provide ADR services?

If so, take a look at the proposed changes to Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice posted at mncourts.gov recently. (You can use this custom shortcut: http://bit.ly/2y6DJL0.) The ADR Section of the MSBA is reviewing the proposed amendments to determine whether to weigh in. November 28 is the deadline for written comments and […]

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SCOTUS: A preview with Justice Stras

Set aside your lunch hour on November 28 to attend the Appellate Practice Section’s Fall Quarterly Review: U.S. Supreme Court Term Review. In this special CLE at the Minnesota Judicial Center, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David R. Stras and United States Supreme Court clerk Aaron Van Oort will preview SCOTUS’s 2017 Term, whose docket includes […]

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MN Rules of Civil Procedure update

Over a year ago, the MSBA filed a petition with the Court requesting amendments to the MN Rules of Civil Procedure that would a) bring a number of the rules into conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and 2) require the Court to allocate 50 percent of unclaimed cy pres funds in state […]

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Greater MN clerkships 

The MSBA and our Outstate Practice Section are working with the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Outstate Practice Cooperative to launch the Greater Minnesota Outstate Clerkship. The purpose of the program is to offer law students an opportunity to work and live in greater Minnesota for a period of time during the summer […]

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Get involved in the Mock Trial program

The MSBA High School Mock Trial program is seeking attorney volunteers from across Minnesota to judge competitions and to serve as attorney coaches for the upcoming 2018 season. The program, now entering its 32nd year, introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Training sessions for coaches […]

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Justice for All grant focuses on civil legal assistance

Minnesota has been named one of just seven states to receive a Justice for All grant from the National Center for State Courts. The grant applicants—the judicial branch, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, and the MSBA—are coming together across systems and working with partners to move Minnesota toward “100 percent access to effective assistance for essential […]

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MN Court of Appeals responds to MSBA requests

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has declined one MSBA request and granted another. A Bench & Bar article on unpublished opinions (“A Fresh Look at the Problem of Unpublished Opinions,” December 2016) prompted the MSBA to make three recommendations to the court of appeals: (1) change the term “unpublished” to “non-precedential”; (2) eliminate the rule […]

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New D&I strategic plan approved

The MSBA is excited to announce approval of our new 2017-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. (The plan can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2y5sPVi.) To assist in the implementation of the plan, we have expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. The council will welcome several new members, including Ann Anaya of 3M, Joan Bibelhausen of […]

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BLE taking comment on bar admission rule 

The Board of Law Examiners (BLE) is studying Rule 7A (eligibility for admission based on years of practice) of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, including a review of whether and how the board should treat part-time legal work and periods of leave, as well as the appropriate “look-back” period preceding the application. More […]

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