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Dalby named CEO of combined bar staffs

The Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association and Ramsey County Bar Association are pleased to announce that Cheryl Dalby has accepted the role of chief executive officer of the three associations. The boards of directors of the associations decided in June 2018 to adopt a shared staff model to better coordinate efforts, increase […]

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Welcome, new lawyers

MSBA President Paul Godfrey (left) joined Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Director Emily Eschweiler, MBLE board member John Koneck, and Clerk of the Appellate Courts AnnMarie O’Neill in welcoming almost 400 new lawyers to the profession in St. Paul on October 26.   On October 26, the Minnesota Supreme Court and the MSBA welcomed 395 […]

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Pro bono: North Star certification reminder

North Star Lawyers certification time is here again. The North Star program recognizes MSBA members who provide essential volunteer legal services to Minnesota’s low-income residents. It celebrates the work of members who perform at least 50 hours of pro bono service in a calendar year, as set forth in Rule 6.1(a), (b)(1) and (b)(2) of […]

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MN Unbundled project launches

The Minnesota Unbundled Law Project—a collaboration between the MSBA and the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations—went live last month at www.MNunbundled.org. Staff from each of the bar organizations worked over the past six months to develop the roster, design a training program, recruit attorneys, and begin promoting the website. The bar associations received funding […]

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New estate tools at mndocs

The MSBA recently added basic estate planning to its document assembly product, mndocs. The market is ripe: 60 percent of adults in the U.S. currently lack a will or living trust. For Millennials that figure jumps to 78 percent without an estate plan. And 93 percent of American households have a net worth of less […]

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The business case for D&I

In September, the MSBA Council approved the Diversity & Inclusion Council’s Statement of Commitment for the Business Case, Value Proposition, and Professional Obligation. (You can read it by visiting www.mnbar.org/diversity.) This document outlines the professional obligation that all attorneys have to advance diversity and inclusion as part of our dedication to equality and the rule of […]

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The new MSBA website is live

We’re excited to announce that the MSBA’s new website—featuring a cleaner, more contemporary design and simpler, more intuitive user navigation—went live on October 23! Visit soon if you haven’t already—and let us know what you think (feedback@mnbar.org). 

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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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