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How digital evidence supported gerrymandering claims

Earlier this month, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the United States Supreme Court to witness the headline-making gerrymandering oral arguments out of Wisconsin. Some people are calling this case the most important of the year, with enormous potential consequences for political redistricting and any number of similar cases in which gerrymandering claims […]

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Do you provide ADR services?

If so, take a look at the proposed changes to Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice posted at mncourts.gov recently. (You can use this custom shortcut: http://bit.ly/2y6DJL0.) The ADR Section of the MSBA is reviewing the proposed amendments to determine whether to weigh in. November 28 is the deadline for written comments and […]

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SCOTUS: A preview with Justice Stras

Set aside your lunch hour on November 28 to attend the Appellate Practice Section’s Fall Quarterly Review: U.S. Supreme Court Term Review. In this special CLE at the Minnesota Judicial Center, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David R. Stras and United States Supreme Court clerk Aaron Van Oort will preview SCOTUS’s 2017 Term, whose docket includes […]

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MN Rules of Civil Procedure update

Over a year ago, the MSBA filed a petition with the Court requesting amendments to the MN 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 […]

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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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Get involved in the Mock Trial program

The MSBA High School Mock Trial program is seeking attorney volunteers from across Minnesota to judge competitions and to serve as attorney coaches for the upcoming 2018 season. The program, now entering its 32nd year, introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Training sessions for coaches […]

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A lesson from the trades

According to Merriam-Webster, an “apprentice” is someone “who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art or calling.” Wikipedia describes an apprenticeship as “a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study.” Apprenticeships, historically used in trades and guilds […]

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Ethically unbundling legal services

In light of the MSBA’s Pro Bono Week this month, it’s a good time to revisit a legal services model that helps expand litigants’ access to justice: “unbundled” representation. As access-to-justice professionals have noted for some time, it’s not just the very poor who cannot afford legal fees; most people have sticker shock when they […]

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Facial recognition technology brings security & privacy concerns

In recent years, facial recognition technology has had some great successes. They include recognizing the faces involved in terroristic attacks, scanning faces at the airport for identification instead of using a passport, and—now—becoming a feature of our digital devices. It’s clear that new applications of this technology are being utilized to streamline and simplify. Facial […]

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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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