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CLEs: more content, more convenience

The MSBA continues to expand its CLE programming each year. Last year we offered roughly 300 programs. Section CLE programming continues to be a central part of your MSBA membership, but with busy members throughout the state, it’s not always easy to attend a one-hour program in Minneapolis. Almost all MSBA CLE programs now offer […]

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Fastcase adds offerings

The MSBA renewed its relationship with Fastcase in January, and Fastcase has responded by offering many new services and new content to MSBA members. This spring, Fastcase took over delivery of the MSBA’s long-time Court Opinions by Email service; in addition to offering the same content and delivery options, Fastcase has added new Tax and […]

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Get involved: low-fee family law project

The MSBA and the HCBA are collaborating to provide expanded access to low fee family law representation across the state. The project is part of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS), providing reduced fee family law services to the working poor. Clients are individuals who are not financially eligible for […]

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MN Legal Ethics, 7th ed is here!

The 7th edition of Bill Wernz’s landmark ethics book, Minnesota Legal Ethics, is now available at the MSBA website—and it’s free to all Minnesota attorneys. Visit www.mnbar.org/ebooks to download your copy. Highlights in this edition include: Social media: a discussion of Lawyers Board Opinion 24 and the limits on an attorney’s right of self-defense against […]

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Assembly Votes

At the June Assembly meeting, members voted on two committee recommendations. After extensive and thoughtful debate, the Assembly adopted a proposal from the Early Bar Exam Committee that the MSBA petition the Supreme Court to amend the Rules for Bar Admission to allow law students to sit for the Minnesota bar exam during their third […]

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MSBA petition to amend Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure

Upon approval of the Assembly in June 2016, the MSBA filed a petition on September 2 requesting changes to the MRCP. The proposed changes would bring the Minnesota rules into conformity with the federal rules, and require half of unclaimed cy pres funds in state court be allocated to legal aid. The court referred the […]

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Proposed amendments to MRPC 5.5

The MSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee is recommending some changes to MRPC 5.5 to address issues raised in a recent decision upholding a private admonition for the unauthorized practice of law. In the case (A15-2078), an attorney in Colorado provided legal advice to a relative in Minnesota and attempted to negotiate with a Minnesota […]

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Online document assembly update

The MSBA has long partnered with HotDocs® to help you create finished documents for clients more quickly, reliably, and free of errors by simply answering questions in interviews. The Minnesota-specific set of forms is called mndocs. Still, using the original system did require members to install software and updates periodically. To free members from that […]

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Happy birthday, LAD! 

The MSBA’s Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee celebrated its 35th anniversary on May 2. Since its inception, the committee has been at the forefront of access to justice policy work in Minnesota. Most recently, in April the committee successfully passed a proposal for the MSBA to fund a pilot program for a statewide panel […]

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Bernard Becker Award

On April 21, the MSBA awarded four outstanding legal aid and pro bono practitioners with the Bernard Becker Award at the MSBA Assembly meeting. From left to right: Elsa Marshall, Legal Services State Support;  Jessica Grady Federico, Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Luke Grundman, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; and Martha Delaney, Volunteer Lawyers Network.

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