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Petition update: Rules for Admission to the Bar

The Minnesota Supreme Court is accepting comments on the MSBA’s Petition to Amend the Rules for Admission to the Bar to allow certain qualified law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation. Sixteen states already have provisions allowing for an early bar exam. The proposed changes to Rule 4(c) leave in the hands […]

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This month, learn to get more from your membership

From Fastcase to practicelaw, your MSBA membership entitles you to unlimited access to a number of free (or low-cost) resources. Learn more about these valuable practice tools during our Back To School Week webinar series from August 27-30. These free webinars help familiarize you with your member benefits and other tools to help you practice […]

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Sharing staff

Last year President Sonia Miller-Van Oort chaired the committee that put together the MSBA’s new three-year strategic plan. That plan was adopted by the Assembly on June 29, 2018. The five priorities, in no particular order, have been set as follows: The MSBA will expand upon and improve how it uniquely connects and provides a […]

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Meet Emily Cooper: ‘I get to help people every day’

Emily K. Cooper (Cooper Law LLC) is a 1996 honors graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. In her 22 years of practice she has worked with clients and companies at all levels. She has practiced in the area of civil litigation and family law at a major law firm in Ohio and spent […]

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Notes & Trends – July 2018

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Data Practices Act; ‘substantial evidence’ standard of review. In an important case under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that the ‘substantial evidence’ standard of review applies to data practices disputes heard by administrative law judges and clarified the act’s requirement that data requests be handled […]

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Social media and managing reputational risk

Recent events involving a certain television show remake and its quick and much-applauded cancellation have me ruminating on the repercussions of social media usage. In today’s digital world, many of us feel pressured to keep up with the constant onslaught of information that presents itself to us on a minute-by-minute basis. Through any number of […]

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Divorce and conflicts

Divorce and conflict: two words that go easily together. But what about amicable or friendly divorces? Are they conflict-free?  Conflicts are a frequent source of questions on our ethics hotline. In 2017, 30 percent of hotline calls involved a conflict of interest question. One issue I have been routinely surprised to hear on the hotline […]

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MSBA hosts national conference

Above, Judge Tony Leung, Judge Tanya Bransford, Justice Anne McKeig, and Judge Peter Reyes, who presented a session titled “A Conversation with Trailblazers of the Minnesota Courts.” The MSBA was honored to host the 30th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts last month. The conference theme, Equal […]

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Update: Early bar exam petition

The MSBA has filed a petition with the Court requesting amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Bar. The proposed amendments would allow law students to take the bar exam prior to graduation, provided they meet certain criteria as certified by their law school. By passing the bar exam early, students can begin employment […]

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MSBA, county bars to share staff

On June 21 the following announcement was made to staff members. We are pleased to announce an exciting development for the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), and Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA). Recently, the boards of directors of each voted to adopt a shared staff model with one executive director […]

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