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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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MN Court of Appeals responds to MSBA requests

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has declined one MSBA request and granted another. A Bench & Bar article on unpublished opinions (“A Fresh Look at the Problem of Unpublished Opinions,” December 2016) prompted the MSBA to make three recommendations to the court of appeals: (1) change the term “unpublished” to “non-precedential”; (2) eliminate the rule […]

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New D&I strategic plan approved

The MSBA is excited to announce approval of our new 2017-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. (The plan can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2y5sPVi.) To assist in the implementation of the plan, we have expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. The council will welcome several new members, including Ann Anaya of 3M, Joan Bibelhausen of […]

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Notes & Trends – October 2017

BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Stay preferred to dismissal in abstention cases. This appeal arises out of the collapse of Thomas Petters’s massive Ponzi scheme and subsequent bankruptcy cases. PCI filed bankruptcy in 2008 after the collapse of the scheme. Ritchie was a major investor. Petters Company, Inc. (PCI) had a banking relationship with M&I Bank […]

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Rules of Professional Conduct update

MSBA members Eric Cooperstein and Fred Finch represented the viewpoint of the MSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) Committee at the September meeting of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB). The LPRB agenda included the RPC Committee’s proposed amendments to Rule 5.5 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. The draft amendments were spurred by the Court’s decision in In re Panel File […]

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