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Dayton release announcing 9th Judicial District appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 24, 2018 Contact: Caroline Burns 651-201-3441 office caroline.burns@state.mn.us Governor Dayton Appoints Patricia Alander Aanes and Charles D. Halverson to Fill Ninth Judicial District Vacancies PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Patricia A. Aanes and Charles D. Halverson as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District. […]

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Dayton release announcing 4th Judicial District appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2018   Contact: Caroline Burns 651-201-3441 office caroline.burns@state.mn.us Governor Dayton Appoints Todd M. Fellman, Michelle A. Hatcher, and Angela J. Willms to Fill Fourth Judicial District Vacancies PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Todd M. Fellman, Michelle A. Hatcher, and Angela J. Willms as District […]

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Suicide prevention: Every lawyer’s opportunity

In 1993, the managing partner of Leonard, Street and Deinard died by suicide at the age of 49. I clerked at Leonard, Street the following year and saw firsthand the deep impact that his life and sad passing had on the firm. In my position now, I am very cognizant of the deaths by suicide […]

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“Papers and effects” in a digital age 

In 1761, Boston patriot James Otis argued against England’s use of its “writs of assistance.” Such writs, widely used in colonial times, permitted English officials to enter a Crown subject’s private home or office—at will, and without regulation. These warrantless searches, also called “general searches,” were used to investigate purported crimes against the Crown.  Otis […]

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The advantages of hiring an older law school graduate

Are you looking to hire a new lawyer who will be conscientious, innovative, motivated, and productive? Minnesota law schools have 68 J.D. students whom you might not have considered, but they fit that description. These 68 students are age 50 or over, and industrial/organizational psychology1 studies have shown that older employees are more likely to […]

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Meet Karin Ciano: ‘I stepped out of “traditional”—and never regretted it.’

Why did you go to law school? I was a smart-ass kid in South Jersey. Grown-ups kept saying I should be a lawyer, so to meet some actual lawyers I joined the high school mock trial team. The lawyers taught me magic words, like: “The prejudicial effect outweighs the probative value.” After looking up probative […]

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A new era in bar staffing and member service

By now many of you know that the bar association staff has a new leader. Cheryl Dalby has agreed to take on the new role of chief executive officer in guiding a single staff that will serve the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA. Cheryl, who has been the executive director of the RCBA for 18 years, […]

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Civ Lit Time’s Up manual now on Amazon

A print edition of the Civil Litigation Section publication Time’s Up: A Manual of the Statutes of Limitations in Minnesota for Civil Litigators is now being offered for purchase through Amazon. The manual identifies and organizes time limits imposed for civil claims in the Minnesota Statutes. This manual covers statutes of limitation, statutes that direct action by […]

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TrialBooks CLEs start in February

We’re building a new resource for the practicelaw library. The TrialBooks series includes documents from our members’ successful litigation outcomes, from complaint to closing argument. Inspired by last year’s medical malpractice CLE by Elizabeth Fors, MSBA Online Services is launching these new materials in a series of CLEs starting in February. Look for Kyle Willems’s Pleadings and Insurance […]

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2nd annual One Profession event coming to Duluth 

Last year the 6th Judicial District hosted the very first One Profession event in Duluth. That pilot effort proved a great success, and we are pleased to be expanding the event to all eight of greater Minnesota’s judicial districts during 2019. The program—a partnership between the MSBA, the courts, and district bar associations—consists of a […]

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