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The cost of kindness? Nothing under the SOLACE program

It seems that bad news, natural catastrophe, and personal tragedy surface all too frequently these days. And given social media outlets, we hear about it in detail and immediately. These incidents sadden us, depress us, and sometimes leave us feeling helpless. We can’t save the world: true. We can’t shield others from tragic events: true. […]

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Bars’ joint low-fee project expands

The Statewide Low Fee Family Law Project, a collaboration between the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service, serves clients who are not financially eligible for pro bono legal services, yet cannot afford the market rate services of a private attorney. In order to qualify for services, […]

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Life sentences for juveniles reconsidered

In February members of the Commission on Juvenile Sentencing for Heinous Crimes testified before a Minnesota House of Representatives committee on the unconstitutionality of portions of Minnesota’s Heinous Crimes Act. Minnesota is one of just eight states with laws that fail to comply with Miller v. Alabama, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that […]

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Spring trust account cleanup

Spring cleaning is something I always aspire to do but never get around to doing. Even so, I enjoy thinking about all of the ways I could and should get my life together each spring, and I usually manage one or two small projects. Although I have written about trust accounts previously, a string of […]

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Social engineering: How cybercriminals capitalize on urgency

Making a request seem urgent clouds the fact that the request violates protocol or the norm.  I was recently approached by a concerned person who wanted me to scrutinize an email received a few days prior. “Does this look like a phishing email? I don’t see any grammatical errors. But it’s asking me to visit this […]

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Anatomy of a subrogation investigation

A successful subrogation action begins long before a complaint is even filed. A well-executed subrogation investigation will increase your chances of success and may even allow your client to recover without resorting to litigation. Before getting into the anatomy of a subrogation investigation, let’s begin with a definition of subrogation. Subrogation is defined as “[t]he substitution […]

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Meet Tom Leighton: ‘An entirely new legal environment’

TOM LEIGHTON is vice president of content acquisition and judicial relations at Thomson Reuters Legal in Eagan, Minnesota. He started at West Publishing in 1989 as a headnote editor and has had a series of interesting and challenging roles in the succeeding 28 years as the company has evolved. He and his wife Jeanette have […]

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MSBA opposes making cameras-in-courtroom pilot permanent

Acting on a recommendation from the Criminal Law Section, the MSBA filed comments with the Supreme Court in opposition to making the cameras in the courtroom pilot project permanent. The reasoning behind the MSBA position includes these factors: The small sample size of the pilot does not warrant a conclusion that it would be beneficial […]

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Notes & Trends – March 2018

CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Expungement: Two- and four-year conviction-free period must occur between discharge of sentence and filing of petition. Appellant was convicted in 2000 of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor harassment restraining order violations. In 2002, he was convicted of third-degree DWI. He filed petitions to expunge the HRO convictions in 2015. At issue […]

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Meet Amanda Heinrichs-Milburn: ‘I saw a need for an outstate voice’

You currently serve on the MSBA Outstate Section council. Tell us about your involvement on the council and any projects or initiatives you’re working on. I saw that there was a need for an outstate voice at St. Thomas, so I founded a student group, the Outstate Practice Cooperative, during my first year at St. […]

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