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Greater MN clerkships 

The MSBA and our Outstate Practice Section are working with the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Outstate Practice Cooperative to launch the Greater Minnesota Outstate Clerkship. The purpose of the program is to offer law students an opportunity to work and live in greater Minnesota for a period of time during the summer […]

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Justice for All grant focuses on civil legal assistance

Minnesota has been named one of just seven states to receive a Justice for All grant from the National Center for State Courts. The grant applicants—the judicial branch, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, and the MSBA—are coming together across systems and working with partners to move Minnesota toward “100 percent access to effective assistance for essential […]

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MN Court of Appeals responds to MSBA requests

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has declined one MSBA request and granted another. A Bench & Bar article on unpublished opinions (“A Fresh Look at the Problem of Unpublished Opinions,” December 2016) prompted the MSBA to make three recommendations to the court of appeals: (1) change the term “unpublished” to “non-precedential”; (2) eliminate the rule […]

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New D&I strategic plan approved

The MSBA is excited to announce approval of our new 2017-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. (The plan can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2y5sPVi.) To assist in the implementation of the plan, we have expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. The council will welcome several new members, including Ann Anaya of 3M, Joan Bibelhausen of […]

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Rules of Professional Conduct update

MSBA members Eric Cooperstein and Fred Finch represented the viewpoint of the MSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) Committee at the September meeting of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB). The LPRB agenda included the RPC Committee’s proposed amendments to Rule 5.5 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. The draft amendments were spurred by the Court’s decision in In re Panel File […]

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Update: MSBA petitions

Rules petition: In early September 2016, the MSBA filed a petition for amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure that would: a) bring a number of the rules into conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 2) require the court to allocate 50 percent of unclaimed cy pres funds in state class […]

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Enhanced ProJusticeMN.org

Take a moment sometime soon to check out the completely redesigned ProJusticeMN website (www.projusticemn.org), a great one-stop source for pro bono attorneys. Changes include enhanced site navigation, easier access to practice library materials, and an improved case placement tool that gives pro bono attorneys the ability to review and select current volunteer opportunities. Created in 1999, ProJusticeMN represents a long-standing collaboration between […]

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MSBA legislative planning gets underway

Every year, section and committees are invited to contribute to development of the MSBA’s legislative agenda. The MSBA Legislative Committee considers proposals from sections and committees for adoption as MSBA legislative positions and makes recommendations to the MSBA Council regarding the association’s lobbying priorities for the upcoming session of the Minnesota Legislature. All sections and […]

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MSBA TECHstar: Welcoming our new robot overlords

Among the many great sessions at this year’s MSBA TECHstar Conference on Monday, October 9, will be Fastcase’s CEO and co-founder, Ed Walters, talking about AI, Ethics, and the Law of Robots. In addition to his duties driving Fastcase to better serve its 800,000 subscribers (including MSBA members), Walters, who teaches a class on the law of robots at Georgetown Law, […]

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MSBA Tech Month: The future is now

Having trouble keeping abreast of changing technology and its impact on the legal profession? In October the MSBA is presenting a month’s worth of programs—25 in all—to help you catch up with emerging legal technology tools and products. The programs range from practical tips to updates on innovations and new technology. In addition to a […]

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