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BLE report proposes amendments to Rule 7A

The Board of Law Examiners (BLE) has filed its report on Rule 7A of the Rules for Admission to the Bar, including proposed amendments, with the Court (see ADM10-8008). The Court, after denying Kathleen Reilly’s petition for review of a BLE decision denying her admission based on years of practice to the Minnesota bar, had […]

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Complete B&B archive coming to Fastcase

Every issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, starting back at the magazine’s inception in 1943, will soon be available—and fully searchable—to MSBA members. The MSBA has been working with Hein Online to digitize every issue of the magazine. Later this summer Hein, in partnership with the MSBA and Fastcase, will make the entire library […]

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Limited-scope services initiative

The MSBA is starting an exciting initiative to support members interested in providing limited scope (aka unbundled) legal service to potential clients. In conjunction with the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations, the MSBA will create a statewide roster of attorneys accessible to the public through a new online portal supported by the Minnesota Judicial […]

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Changes ahead for mndocs tool

Document assembly tools like the MSBA’s mndocs product can reduce drafting time for legal documents by up to 95 percent. In early 2015 the MSBA introduced a big change to its document assembly product, moving it from a Windows-only product to a secure cloud-based system that can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and on any device. […]

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Supreme Court’s amendments to MRCP include many proposed by MSBA

A series of amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect on July 1, 2018.  Many of the adopted amendments had been proposed by the MSBA.  A number of amendments conform the Minnesota rules to the federal rules of civil procedure, where the federal rules have been working well. The amended rules […]

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MSBA speaks against permanent codification of cameras in the courtroom pilot at Supreme Court hearing

On April 25, MSBA President Sonia Miller-Van Oort and Max Keller, chair of the Criminal Law Section, spoke at the Court’s public hearing to express the MSBA’s opposition to the proposal to permanently codify a pilot project allowing cameras in the courtroom. The MSBA’s two main concerns are that: 1) the small sample size of […]

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Graven, Becker Awards winners celebrated at MSBA Assembly meeting

Six distinguished legal professionals were honored with awards at the quarterly meeting of the MSBA Assembly on April 20. The MSBA presented the David Graven Public Service Award to Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz.  Chief Justice Blatz has been committed to public service since her graduation from law school in 1984, serving in the Minnesota […]

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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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