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MSBA at the Legislature

The MSBA’s top priority during the 2017 legislative session is to support adequate funding for the courts, public defenders, and civil legal services. The coming session will set the state’s biennial budget. In addition to this budget priority, the MSBA will lobby in support of amendments to the Real Property Electronic Recording Act, the Minnesota […]

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Juvenile justice and redemption

It’s the holiday season, and it seems like everywhere we turn, we encounter messages of redemption. From music to movies, from commercials to the great classics, we hear that the holiday spirit means forgiving ourselves and others, repaying debts, making things right, and doing the hard work required every day to honor our word and […]

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Client confidentiality and client criticisms

The Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB), at its September 30, 2016, meeting, voted to adopt Opinion 24. The Opinion provides: Rule 1.6(a), Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC), generally prohibits a lawyer from knowingly revealing information relating to the representation of a client. Contained within the subsections of Rule 1.6(b), MRPC, however, are eleven enumerated […]

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Meet Camille Bryant: ‘I wanted to have a more direct, positive impact on others’

After nearly a decade as an engineer at 3M, CAMILLE BRYANT left to attend law school. She has worked as a state public defender since graduating from law school. Tell us about your work as an assistant public defender. I work and advocate for people who have been charged with a crime and are unable […]

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Real change is hard. And necessary.

In legal aid programs, it can become easy enough to think we’re doing our social justice work, and addressing systemic discrimination, simply by serving our clients every day. But I’ve come to realize that what we’re already doing in our day-to-day work is not nearly enough. Legal aid clients throughout Minnesota, as across the country, […]

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Volunteer for mock trial season

The MSBA’s high school mock trial is seeking volunteer judges and attorney coaches statewide for the upcoming 2017 Mock Trial competitions. The program offers an exciting law-related educational opportunity that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Students will exercise their critical thinking and teamwork […]

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Minnesota welcomes a new generation of attorneys

Some 360 jubilant, newly licensed attorneys attended the fall Swearing-In Ceremony in Saint Paul with their families and friends on October 28, 2016. Proud parents, aunts, siblings, and even a daughter requested the Supreme Court to admit their relatives by motion. Margaret Fuller Corneille of the State Board of Law Examiners introduced the rest of […]

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Coming to Compliance community

A new Compliance Community at is under development by co-moderators Jessica Tjorneho (senior ethics & culture specialist at Medtronic) and Stacey Supina (managing director—GRC at Legal Research Center). Like other communities at, the forum will host conversations among like-minded professionals. But the compliance community will also include a growing library of blog posts and […]

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Bar leaders drill down in diversity workshops

The MSBA recognizes diversity as a core value and has committed to making leadership training a central component of our diversity and inclusion work this year. Last month the MSBA hosted another series of diversity and inclusion workshops for bar leaders with consultant Kathleen Nalty. The goal was to deepen our understanding of how diversity […]

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Notes & Trends – December 2016

Current developments in judicial law, legislation, and administrative action together with a foretaste of emergent trends in law and the legal profession for the complete Minnesota lawyer. COMMERCIAL AND CONSUMER LAW JUDICIAL LAW • History repeats itself. Ever since the Uniform Commercial Code wrote a statute of frauds into the code, there has been debate over […]

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