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MSBA award recipients to be honored at April assembly 

At the upcoming meeting of the MSBA Assembly on Friday, April 22, three annual awards will be presented to members in recognition of outstanding service in different facets of the legal profession. The MSBA’s David Graven Public Service Award is given to members who best exemplify the high standards of the profession in combination with […]

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Panel on SCOTUS affirmative action case

On February 24th, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) and the MSBA co-sponsored a panel discussion on affirmative action and the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, which is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The panel was moderated by Ms. Kiesha Mayes (Gray Plant Mooty).The panelists included Professor Carl Warren […]

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MSBA Spring Cleaning event coming to On-Demand CLE 

Members turned out for the MSBA’s “Spring Cleaning” programming on March 24. Over the course of the day, those in attendance had the opportunity to create new marketing tools and learn about Casemaker, which will become the MSBA’s online legal research provider on July 1. Forty-six members had a new professional headshot taken at no […]

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MSBA Appellate Section partners on pro se clinic

Minnesota’s Appeals Self-Help Clinic opened its doors to customers for the first time in January. The new advice-only clinic—designed to help unrepresented parties navigate the appellate process—is only the second of its kind in the nation. During this first pilot year, the clinic is being offered on the third Thursday of each month, from 2:30-4:30 […]

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Changes coming to key MSBA member benefits in 2016 

Several popular MSBA services will be getting a facelift in 2016. The MSBA will be changing its internet legal research provider from Fastcase to Casemaker. While Fastcase has been a valuable practice resource for members, Casemaker offers similar service with several added features and benefits. Watch for more information coming soon. And like the current […]

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MSBA’s 2016 legislative priorities

It’s a short session this year at the Capitol: The Minnesota Legislature will convene on March 8 and adjourn on May 23. The MSBA Council has adopted the Legislative Committee’s recommended lobbying priorities for this session: An amendment to Minn. Stat. §290.01 subd. 7 to prevent the Department of Revenue from the using the location […]

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Update: Alternative Legal Models Task Force

If you’re interested in staying up to date on the work of the Alternative Legal Models Task Force, just bookmark the webpage found at http:bit.ly/1QAyXlF (case-sensitive). Meeting agendas, summaries, background and reading materials are posted and will be updated as the committee proceeds with its work. Many bar associations across the country have created task […]

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Amicus briefs filed on Minn. R. Civ. P. 5.04

The MSBA filed two amicus briefs in February on issues involving Minn. R. Civ. P. 5.04 (see Gams v. Houghton and Cole vs. Wutzke). Effective July 1, 2014, Rule 5.04 was amended to require that any case be filed with the court within one year after its commencement against any party, unless the parties stipulate […]

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Introducing the Legal Tech Assessment

The MSBA is on track to be the first bar association to offer the Procertas Legal Tech Assessment (LTA) as a member benefit. The LTA is the brain child of Casey Flaherty, former counsel for Kia Motors. Flaherty created the LTA to test whether Kia’s outside counsel knew its way around common software tools well […]

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Appellate Section raises $2K for Page Foundation at social hour event

The MSBA Appellate Practice Section recently hosted a social hour featuring retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page. In his remarks, Page expressed appreciation for the collegiality among members of the Minnesota Supreme Court, contrasting it with the highest court in our neighboring state of Wisconsin. He also emphasized the need for addressing racial injustice […]

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