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Student writing competition

The MSBA Construction Law Section is inviting 2Ls and 3Ls who are thinking about membership in the MSBA to showcase their writing skills and compete for one of two cash prizes: $1,000 for the winning entry and $500 for second place! Entrants must submit a paper of 1,000 words or less on the subject of […]

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MSBA Tech Month updates

October is Tech Month at the MSBA. In addition to our annual TECHstar conference on Friday the 19th, we will again be presenting a month’s worth of free or low-cost technology CLEs and webinars. Visit www.mnbar.org/techstar for details on the conference as well as the month’s tech CLEs. We’re also happy to announce the following tech product and […]

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MSBA petitions Court to amend Rules 1.6(b) and 5.5 of the MRPC

The Court has ordered a comment period regarding the MSBA’s petition to amend Rules 1.6(b) and 5.5 of the MN Rules of Professional Conduct. The comment deadline is November 20, with a public hearing scheduled for January 15. The proposed amendments to 1.6(b) provide clarity as to how lawyers may respond to public criticism from […]

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Unbundled Roster project kicks off

Last month over 50 attorneys attended a CLE training session for participants in the new Minnesota Unbundled Roster project. The roster, a joint effort of the MSBA and the Hennepin and Ramsey County bars, will offer attorneys an online platform to connect with clients interested in obtaining limited-scope (aka “unbundled”) legal services. This unique pilot […]

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RPC Committee eyes succession planning

This bar year’s agenda for the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee includes reviewing the question of succession planning rules and the possibility of proposing one for Minnesota. Some states, such as Iowa, have made it part of the lawyer registration process to require attorneys to designate a successor to fill in as client contact for […]

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Coming this month: Annual legislative preview

The next Minnesota legislative session, beginning in January 2019, will feature a new governor as well as a possible change in leadership in the House. As in every budget year at the Capitol, the MSBA’s first lobbying priority will be to secure adequate funding for the justice system, including the courts, public defenders, and civil […]

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ABA House of Delegates passes immigration resolution sponsored by MSBA

ABA Resolution 10C urges immigration reform addressing children separated from their parents at the United States border The House of Delegates of the American Bar Association (ABA) today adopted Resolution 10C (text) calling on Congress and the executive branch to immediately cease separating children and their parents at the border.  The resolution, which was initiated […]

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Update: Minnesota unbundled roster

The Minnesota Judicial Branch recently obtained $50,000 in grant funding from the National Center for State Courts to create an online roster of attorneys interested in providing unbundled legal services. At the request of the iudicial branch, MSBA staffers Steve Marchese and Nancy Mischel, along with staff from the HCBA and RCBA, developed a proposal […]

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Petition update: Rules for Admission to the Bar

The Minnesota Supreme Court is accepting comments on the MSBA’s Petition to Amend the Rules for Admission to the Bar to allow certain qualified law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation. Sixteen states already have provisions allowing for an early bar exam. The proposed changes to Rule 4(c) leave in the hands […]

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This month, learn to get more from your membership

From Fastcase to practicelaw, your MSBA membership entitles you to unlimited access to a number of free (or low-cost) resources. Learn more about these valuable practice tools during our Back To School Week webinar series from August 27-30. These free webinars help familiarize you with your member benefits and other tools to help you practice […]

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