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Updates: MSBA and the courts

Court rules and comments On December 1, the MSBA Court Rules and Administration Committee met with representatives from the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee to discuss the expert witness rule, Rule 702. The Supreme Court Committee welcomes input regarding Rule 702 through February 15. Acting on a recommendation from our Rules of […]

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MSBA launches New Lawyer Toolkit

New lawyers face a unique set of challenges and a very steep learning curve when they enter the profession. In an effort to ease the transition from law student to new attorney, the MSBA has launched a free online New Lawyers Toolkit packed with resources for less experienced lawyers. The toolkit contains links to information […]

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The 2016-17 Time’s Up Manual is live

Each year the MSBA Civil Litigation Section publishes its invaluable Time’s Up Manual, which identifies and organizes the time limits imposed for civil claims by the Minnesota Statutes. It covers time limitations in the Minnesota Statutes, Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure, General Rules of Practice in the District Courts, and the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, and […]

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MSBA welcomes Western Bank to Prime Partners 

Stonebridge Bank has been a valued member of the MSBA’s Prime Partner program since the program’s inception in 2012. Recently, Stonebridge Bank merged with Western Bank, a Division of American National Bank headquartered in St. Paul, MN. Western Bank, the new entity, has agreed to participate in the MSBA’s Prime Partners Program. The Prime Partners […]

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Time to certify for the 2016 North Star Lawyers program

The North Star Lawyers program recognizes MSBA members who provide essential volunteer legal services to Minnesota’s low income residents. It celebrates the work of members who meet or exceed 50 hours of pro bono service in a calendar year, as set forth in Rule 6.1(a), (b)(1) and (b)(2) of our state’s Rules of Professional Conduct. […]

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MSBA at the Legislature

The MSBA’s top priority during the 2017 legislative session is to support adequate funding for the courts, public defenders, and civil legal services. The coming session will set the state’s biennial budget. In addition to this budget priority, the MSBA will lobby in support of amendments to the Real Property Electronic Recording Act, the Minnesota […]

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Real change is hard. And necessary.

In legal aid programs, it can become easy enough to think we’re doing our social justice work, and addressing systemic discrimination, simply by serving our clients every day. But I’ve come to realize that what we’re already doing in our day-to-day work is not nearly enough. Legal aid clients throughout Minnesota, as across the country, […]

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Volunteer for mock trial season

The MSBA’s high school mock trial is seeking volunteer judges and attorney coaches statewide for the upcoming 2017 Mock Trial competitions. The program offers an exciting law-related educational opportunity that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Students will exercise their critical thinking and teamwork […]

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Minnesota welcomes a new generation of attorneys

Some 360 jubilant, newly licensed attorneys attended the fall Swearing-In Ceremony in Saint Paul with their families and friends on October 28, 2016. Proud parents, aunts, siblings, and even a daughter requested the Supreme Court to admit their relatives by motion. Margaret Fuller Corneille of the State Board of Law Examiners introduced the rest of […]

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Coming to my.mnbar.org: Compliance community

A new Compliance Community at my.mnbar.org is under development by co-moderators Jessica Tjorneho (senior ethics & culture specialist at Medtronic) and Stacey Supina (managing director—GRC at Legal Research Center). Like other communities at my.mnbar.org, the forum will host conversations among like-minded professionals. But the compliance community will also include a growing library of blog posts and […]

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