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Is the Internet of Things spying on you?

So is your phone spying on you? Yes, it’s possible. A few months ago, Computer Forensic Services analyst Sean Lanterman spoke to KARE 11 News about a topic that makes a lot of people nervous. “Is my phone spying on me?” may have seemed like a paranoid question at one point, but it now seems like […]

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2017 year in review: Public discipline

Public discipline in professional responsibility cases is imposed not to punish the attorney, but to protect the public, the profession, and the judicial system, and to deter future misconduct by the attorney and others. In 2017, 40 attorneys were publicly disciplined, with discipline ranging from a reprimand to disbarment. This number is slightly down from […]

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MSBA at BLE: Rule 7A

MSBA members Eric Cooperstein and Fred Finch represented the MSBA at a public hearing held by the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) on January 16. The Supreme Court had directed the BLE to review its interpretation of the Rule 7A requirement that a lawyer seeking admission without examination under the rule must establish that for […]

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MSBA files General Rules of Practice comments

The MSBA has filed comments with the court supporting proposed amendments to Rule 10 of the General Rules of Practice. The proposed amendments incorporate many of the changes sought by the Joint Tribal/State Court Forum to strengthen recognition of tribal court orders. The MSBA based its position on the following: The value of enhancing comity, […]

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MSBA adds third lobbying priority for 2018

The MSBA has named as a third lobbying priority for the 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session: updating and amending existing organizational laws for Minnesota business and nonprofit entities. The proposal was brought forward by the Business Law Section. In November, the MSBA Legislative Committee had recommended a delay in identifying a third priority in part because […]

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mndocs: your SaaS-y document assembly tool

In early 2015 the MSBA moved its flagship document automation tool, mndocs, to a new platform at HotDocs Market. This new system provided a number of benefits to members, including platform-independent and geographically unrestricted access to gold standard templates and client data. mndocs on HotDocs Market is a secure cloud-based system. You can learn more about mndocs and […]

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Riding The Energy Bus

Books on tape became popular some 10 years ago. At that time, people were intrigued with the new concept of listening to novels during long car trips or while riding the bus to work. I improvised on that concept when my family went on a road trip about eight years ago, and my husband and […]

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RPC Committee proposes petitioning changes to MRPC

The MSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee is proposing that the MSBA petition the court for amendments to MRPC 1.6 and MRPC 5.5. These changes are expected to come before the MSBA Assembly in April, after the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board has had a chance to review the proposed amendments to MRPC 1.6 at its January […]

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Lobbying priorities for 2018

The MSBA’s lobbying priorities for the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session will be to address the constitutional infirmity in the sentencing of juveniles for heinous crimes and to revise the statute of limitations for injury to property occurring prior to the date of substantial completion of an improvement to real property. A third priority will depend […]

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Harassment and attorney ethics

Time’s 2017 Person of the Year was the “Silence Breakers,” women who courageously went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men. These individuals, and the #MeToo movement they spawned, were honored because they, and the media covering their stories, set in motion a high-velocity cultural shift by effectively “pushing us all to stop […]

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