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ABA pro bono survey

Over 3,000 licensed Minnesota lawyers participated in the 2017 ABA Pro Bono Survey this winter. Minnesota’s total number of responses was the third highest nationally, after Texas and California. The 12% overall response rate also exceeded all but one state. This year’s survey is the most extensive effort by the ABA to understand the scale […]

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Essien joins DILC

The MSBA is excited to announce that Mike Essien has been appointed to serve on the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. Mike is a principal at Essien Law Office, PLLC, where he practices intellectual property law with a focus on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and e-commerce. He is the current president of the Minnesota Association […]

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Legislating Equity, continued

MSBA’s Human Rights Committee and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers are pleased to announce the next CLE in the “Legislating Equity” series. The next CLE in this series (March 29 at noon at the MSBA) will focus on health law and policy. The following panelists will steer us through this complex landscape: Dr. Edward […]

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MSBA “Meet the Bar” events

As part of the MSBA’s Law Student Initiative, we have been holding “Meet the Bar” events at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (February 28) and at Mitchell Hamline (March 15). The events include free headshots for students as well as opportunities to talk to solo attorneys, attorneys from non-traditional law firms, attorneys […]

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Notes & Trends – March 2017

BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Debtor qualification for a repayment program payment of $0.00 does not constitute an ability to pay as a matter of law. Debtor sought to discharge student loan debt which totaled in excess of $27,000 as an “undue hardship” under 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(8). The U.S. Department of Education appealed the decision of the […]

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Meet Jeanine Hill: ‘If only I could be in two places at once…’

JEANINE HILL is an experienced general practice attorney with the law firm of Meyer & Njus, P.A., in downtown Minneapolis. She is also a judge for the Sokaogon Chippewa Community located in Crandon, Wisconsin. Jeanine has a passion for helping others in the legal and general community due in part to her diverse background. She […]

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Mental health is a D&I issue

Just over a year ago, the Journal of Addiction Medicine published a study indicating that a fifth of lawyers drink in unhealthy ways, and that 28 percent of us meet criteria for depression at some time during our careers.  In addition, at some time, 19 percent of us meet criteria for anxiety disorder, 23 percent for […]

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Private discipline in 2016

In 2016, 115 files were closed by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) with the issuance of an admonition, a form of private discipline issued for professional misconduct that is isolated and non-serious.1 This number, coincidentally, is the same as the number of admonitions issued in 2015. Additionally, 17 lawyers were placed on private […]

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Building a next-generation bar

The MSBA is in the business of creating and exercising power—power for our members, profession, and community. The MSBA is a creative and innovative organization devoted to advancing and realizing the promise of the rule of law, constantly questioning and challenging the status quo and asking, can’t we do better? The way we challenge the […]

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How legal aid boosts Minnesota’s economy

The MSBA recently collaborated with the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition to create the state’s first-ever economic impact report for civil legal aid in Minnesota. The report shows that for every dollar spent on civil legal aid programs, the return on investment is $3.94. The report, based on 2014 data from civil legal aid programs around […]

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