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MSBA Goes to Washington

MSBA delegates went to Washington DC for ABA Day to support funding for Legal Services Corporation and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Our delegates met with Minnesota senators and representatives. Shown here with Senator Amy Klobuchar are Michael Miller, Cara Lee Neville, MSBA President-Elect Paul Godfrey, past President Michael Unger, and President Sonia Miller-Van […]

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Bars’ joint low-fee project expands

The Statewide Low Fee Family Law Project, a collaboration between the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service, serves clients who are not financially eligible for pro bono legal services, yet cannot afford the market rate services of a private attorney. In order to qualify for services, […]

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Life sentences for juveniles reconsidered

In February members of the Commission on Juvenile Sentencing for Heinous Crimes testified before a Minnesota House of Representatives committee on the unconstitutionality of portions of Minnesota’s Heinous Crimes Act. Minnesota is one of just eight states with laws that fail to comply with Miller v. Alabama, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that […]

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MSBA opposes making cameras-in-courtroom pilot permanent

Acting on a recommendation from the Criminal Law Section, the MSBA filed comments with the Supreme Court in opposition to making the cameras in the courtroom pilot project permanent. The reasoning behind the MSBA position includes these factors: The small sample size of the pilot does not warrant a conclusion that it would be beneficial […]

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Legal malpractice: MSBA amicus brief

Does reaffirming prior negligent advice restart the statute of limitations clock? The Minnesota Supreme Court recently addressed this question in Frederick v. Wallerich, a case involving a negligently drafted antenuptial agreement. The attorney who drafted the antenuptial agreement continued to advise and represent her client in other matters, including drafting the client’s will. The client […]

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MSBA at BLE: Rule 7A

MSBA members Eric Cooperstein and Fred Finch represented the MSBA at a public hearing held by the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) on January 16. The Supreme Court had directed the BLE to review its interpretation of the Rule 7A requirement that a lawyer seeking admission without examination under the rule must establish that for […]

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MSBA files General Rules of Practice comments

The MSBA has filed comments with the court supporting proposed amendments to Rule 10 of the General Rules of Practice. The proposed amendments incorporate many of the changes sought by the Joint Tribal/State Court Forum to strengthen recognition of tribal court orders. The MSBA based its position on the following: The value of enhancing comity, […]

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MSBA adds third lobbying priority for 2018

The MSBA has named as a third lobbying priority for the 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session: updating and amending existing organizational laws for Minnesota business and nonprofit entities. The proposal was brought forward by the Business Law Section. In November, the MSBA Legislative Committee had recommended a delay in identifying a third priority in part because […]

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mndocs: your SaaS-y document assembly tool

In early 2015 the MSBA moved its flagship document automation tool, mndocs, to a new platform at HotDocs Market. This new system provided a number of benefits to members, including platform-independent and geographically unrestricted access to gold standard templates and client data. mndocs on HotDocs Market is a secure cloud-based system. You can learn more about mndocs and […]

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RPC Committee proposes petitioning changes to MRPC

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. These changes are expected to come before the MSBA Assembly in April, after the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board has had a chance to review the proposed amendments to MRPC 1.6 at its January […]

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