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MSBA comments on bar admission rules change

On January 24, the Supreme Court issued an order on the petition filed by the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) to amend the Rules for Admission to the Bar. The MSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee drafted comments in response to the proposed amendments that were approved by the MSBA Council and filed by President […]

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Time to submit nominations for Becker Award 

The Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged (LAD) Committee has announced that the nomination period is now open for the 2017 Bernard P. Becker Awards. The awards recognize the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of three legal services staff (Legacy of Excellence, Emerging Leader, and Advocate) and one amazing volunteer law student. The awards include $550 […]

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Notes & Trends – February 2017

COMMERCIAL AND CONSUMER LAW JUDICIAL LAW • An additional focus? The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. §1691 et seq., implemented by Regulation B, 12 CFR Part 1002, was enacted to promote the availability of credit to all creditworthy applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age (if the applicant […]

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The 2017 legislative session: A primer on MSBA priorities

The 2017 legislative session is underway and the MSBA’s experienced lobbying team is at the Capitol, working hard to advance strategic initiatives to benefit the public and our justice system. We have a number of opportunities this session. The Republicans now control both the House and the Senate. This gives us the chance to build […]

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FAQ: The coming MSP sick time/safe time ordinances

What is this? Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have passed ordinances providing that all employees who perform work in the city for at least 80 hours per year are entitled to earn paid sick and safe time. This includes employees who are based in and/or primarily work in other cities, if they work at least […]

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2016 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. As of December 15, 2016, 42 attorneys were publicly disciplined in 2016, with discipline ranging from a reprimand to disbarment. This […]

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Meet Gerald Wallace: ‘A great place to work and solve problems’

GERALD WALLACE, a native of Duluth, focuses his practice in the areas of Criminal Defense, Family, Estate, Probate, and Real Estate. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University and his J.D. from the University of Dayton (Ohio). He is married with two children.   What led you to open a solo practice right after […]

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Urban Ventures: Our story

Andre Roberts was addicted to heroin. He spent six of the last eight years in prison doing time for an assortment of drug offenses. Shortly before his last stint began, Andre’s girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl, Jessica. She was his first daughter. Seeing Jessica for the first time, something in Andre changed—he felt […]

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Notes & Trends – January 2017

BANKRUPTCY LAW JUDICIAL LAW • District court affirms order denying substantive consolidation. The Unsecured Creditor’s Committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis sought to substantively consolidate the debtor with a number of entities, including 187 separately incorporated parishes, various high schools, and other targeted entities, on behalf […]

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Updates: MSBA and the courts

Court rules and comments On December 1, the MSBA Court Rules and Administration Committee met with representatives from the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee to discuss the expert witness rule, Rule 702. The Supreme Court Committee welcomes input regarding Rule 702 through February 15. Acting on a recommendation from our Rules of […]

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