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Cyberattacks and the costs of reputational harm

A few months ago, I wrote about cyber insurance and its place in an organization’s cybersecurity plans (“Managing cyber risk: Is cyber liability insurance important for law firms?”, June B&B). In my estimation, the most valuable aspect of cyber insurance lies in applying for it. Making organizations go through the paces to evaluate their cybersecurity postures, […]

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Notes & Trends – October 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 63.03; affirming timely removal of assigned judge. Appellant is a petitioner in the Minnesota Tax Court in three cases. In June 2016 one of three tax court judges issued a scheduling order to control the first case, and in May 2017, a second tax court judge granted […]

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Student writing competition

The MSBA Construction Law Section is inviting 2Ls and 3Ls who are thinking about membership in the MSBA to showcase their writing skills and compete for one of two cash prizes: $1,000 for the winning entry and $500 for second place! Entrants must submit a paper of 1,000 words or less on the subject of […]

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MSBA Tech Month updates

October is Tech Month at the MSBA. In addition to our annual TECHstar conference on Friday the 19th, we will again be presenting a month’s worth of free or low-cost technology CLEs and webinars. Visit www.mnbar.org/techstar for details on the conference as well as the month’s tech CLEs. We’re also happy to announce the following tech product and […]

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MSBA petitions Court to amend Rules 1.6(b) and 5.5 of the MRPC

The Court has ordered a comment period regarding the MSBA’s petition to amend Rules 1.6(b) and 5.5 of the MN Rules of Professional Conduct. The comment deadline is November 20, with a public hearing scheduled for January 15. The proposed amendments to 1.6(b) provide clarity as to how lawyers may respond to public criticism from […]

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Notes & Trends – September 2018

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Janus decision; Minnesota impact.As Labor Day 2018 rolls around, the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of its 2017-2018 term, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Mun. Employees, Council 31,is continuing to create waves in Minnesota, one of about two dozen states with […]

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Lawyer well-being: We need to talk

This year your bar association is implementing a program we call One Profession. The purpose of the program is to bring lawyers from all across the state together to address the challenges facing the legal profession. One important issue we all need to address is lawyer wellness. One of the great things about our profession […]

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Matchmaking services for lawyers

Matching consumers with legal needs to lawyers who can meet those needs is certainly a worthy endeavor. Because there is no shortage of lawyers looking for work—and, according to numerous studies, a large number of people who cannot find qualified lawyers they can afford—entrepreneurs see this as a prime business opportunity. Text a Lawyer I […]

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Fair elections and cybersecurity

With the November congressional elections right around the corner, many observers are revisiting a primary theme of the 2016 presidential election—security, hacking, and Russian involvement. It is certainly a contentious topic, but no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it remains the case that elections are just as vulnerable to cyberattacks as private […]

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The sticking point: Hypodermic needles and searches incident to arrest

Prescription opioid abuse is at an all-time high,1 and experts believe that as patients lose their legal access to medication, they are likely to turn to illegal injected drugs as an alternative.2 Consequently, law enforcement may soon become more alert to hypodermic needle use and possession. All lawyers who practice criminal law should be aware […]

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