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MSBA speaks against permanent codification of cameras in the courtroom pilot at Supreme Court hearing

On April 25, MSBA President Sonia Miller-Van Oort and Max Keller, chair of the Criminal Law Section, spoke at the Court’s public hearing to express the MSBA’s opposition to the proposal to permanently codify a pilot project allowing cameras in the courtroom. The MSBA’s two main concerns are that: 1) the small sample size of […]

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Graven, Becker Awards winners celebrated at MSBA Assembly meeting

Six distinguished legal professionals were honored with awards at the quarterly meeting of the MSBA Assembly on April 20. The MSBA presented the David Graven Public Service Award to Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz.  Chief Justice Blatz has been committed to public service since her graduation from law school in 1984, serving in the Minnesota […]

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MSBA Goes to Washington

MSBA delegates went to Washington DC for ABA Day to support funding for Legal Services Corporation and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Our delegates met with Minnesota senators and representatives. Shown here with Senator Amy Klobuchar are Michael Miller, Cara Lee Neville, MSBA President-Elect Paul Godfrey, past President Michael Unger, and President Sonia Miller-Van […]

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Notes & Trends – April 2018

COMMERCIAL AND CONSUMER LAW JUDICIAL LAW • When does the clock run and who has what rights? In Trebelhorn v. Agrawal, 94 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d 241, 2017 WL 5560063 (Minn. Ct. App. 2018), the court had to decide whether the statute of limitations in Uniform Commercial Code Article 2, which applies to sales of goods (§ 2-725), […]

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The cost of kindness? Nothing under the SOLACE program

It seems that bad news, natural catastrophe, and personal tragedy surface all too frequently these days. And given social media outlets, we hear about it in detail and immediately. These incidents sadden us, depress us, and sometimes leave us feeling helpless. We can’t save the world: true. We can’t shield others from tragic events: true. […]

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Bars’ joint low-fee project expands

The Statewide Low Fee Family Law Project, a collaboration between the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service, serves clients who are not financially eligible for pro bono legal services, yet cannot afford the market rate services of a private attorney. In order to qualify for services, […]

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Life sentences for juveniles reconsidered

In February members of the Commission on Juvenile Sentencing for Heinous Crimes testified before a Minnesota House of Representatives committee on the unconstitutionality of portions of Minnesota’s Heinous Crimes Act. Minnesota is one of just eight states with laws that fail to comply with Miller v. Alabama, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that […]

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Spring trust account cleanup

Spring cleaning is something I always aspire to do but never get around to doing. Even so, I enjoy thinking about all of the ways I could and should get my life together each spring, and I usually manage one or two small projects. Although I have written about trust accounts previously, a string of […]

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Social engineering: How cybercriminals capitalize on urgency

Making a request seem urgent clouds the fact that the request violates protocol or the norm.  I was recently approached by a concerned person who wanted me to scrutinize an email received a few days prior. “Does this look like a phishing email? I don’t see any grammatical errors. But it’s asking me to visit this […]

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Anatomy of a subrogation investigation

A successful subrogation action begins long before a complaint is even filed. A well-executed subrogation investigation will increase your chances of success and may even allow your client to recover without resorting to litigation. Before getting into the anatomy of a subrogation investigation, let’s begin with a definition of subrogation. Subrogation is defined as “[t]he substitution […]

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