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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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MLAO: Get involved!

Volunteering has never been so easy. With Minnesota Legal Advice Online (MLAO) (www.mnlegaladvice.org), you can help increase access to justice for all Minnesotans on your schedule. MLAO is a virtual legal clinic: Low-income clients sign up and post a question, and volunteer attorneys provide legal advice online. It works just like an email conversation. You […]

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MSBA at ABA Day 

An MSBA delegation visited Washington in April for the annual ABA Day on the Hill, a time to lobby Congress to support Legal Services Corporation funding for civil legal aid programs around the country. This year’s efforts are particularly urgent because President Trump has proposed completely defunding LSC. The MSBA Assembly passed a resolution in […]

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ALM Task Force comes to a close

At its April meeting the MSBA Assembly heard from Ken White and Susan Weins, co-chairs of the Alternative Legal Models Task Force. The task force presented two recommendations: 1) that the MSBA adopt the British Columbia model where specifically trained or experienced paralegals may be provided additional responsibilities, to serve clients at a reduced cost; […]

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