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Essien joins DILC

The MSBA is excited to announce that Mike Essien has been appointed to serve on the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. Mike is a principal at Essien Law Office, PLLC, where he practices intellectual property law with a focus on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and e-commerce. He is the current president of the Minnesota Association […]

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Legislating Equity, continued

MSBA’s Human Rights Committee and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers are pleased to announce the next CLE in the “Legislating Equity” series. The next CLE in this series (March 29 at noon at the MSBA) will focus on health law and policy. The following panelists will steer us through this complex landscape: Dr. Edward […]

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MSBA “Meet the Bar” events

As part of the MSBA’s Law Student Initiative, we have been holding “Meet the Bar” events at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (February 28) and at Mitchell Hamline (March 15). The events include free headshots for students as well as opportunities to talk to solo attorneys, attorneys from non-traditional law firms, attorneys […]

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How legal aid boosts Minnesota’s economy

The MSBA recently collaborated with the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition to create the state’s first-ever economic impact report for civil legal aid in Minnesota. The report shows that for every dollar spent on civil legal aid programs, the return on investment is $3.94. The report, based on 2014 data from civil legal aid programs around […]

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MSBA comments on bar admission rules change

On January 24, the Supreme Court issued an order on the petition filed by the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) to amend the Rules for Admission to the Bar. The MSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee drafted comments in response to the proposed amendments that were approved by the MSBA Council and filed by President […]

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Time to submit nominations for Becker Award 

The Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged (LAD) Committee has announced that the nomination period is now open for the 2017 Bernard P. Becker Awards. The awards recognize the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of three legal services staff (Legacy of Excellence, Emerging Leader, and Advocate) and one amazing volunteer law student. The awards include $550 […]

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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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