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Facial recognition technology brings security & privacy concerns

In recent years, facial recognition technology has had some great successes. They include recognizing the faces involved in terroristic attacks, scanning faces at the airport for identification instead of using a passport, and—now—becoming a feature of our digital devices. It’s clear that new applications of this technology are being utilized to streamline and simplify. Facial […]

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Justice for All grant focuses on civil legal assistance

Minnesota has been named one of just seven states to receive a Justice for All grant from the National Center for State Courts. The grant applicants—the judicial branch, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, and the MSBA—are coming together across systems and working with partners to move Minnesota toward “100 percent access to effective assistance for essential […]

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MN Court of Appeals responds to MSBA requests

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has declined one MSBA request and granted another. A Bench & Bar article on unpublished opinions (“A Fresh Look at the Problem of Unpublished Opinions,” December 2016) prompted the MSBA to make three recommendations to the court of appeals: (1) change the term “unpublished” to “non-precedential”; (2) eliminate the rule […]

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New D&I strategic plan approved

The MSBA is excited to announce approval of our new 2017-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. (The plan can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2y5sPVi.) To assist in the implementation of the plan, we have expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. The council will welcome several new members, including Ann Anaya of 3M, Joan Bibelhausen of […]

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Notes & Trends – October 2017

BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Stay preferred to dismissal in abstention cases. This appeal arises out of the collapse of Thomas Petters’s massive Ponzi scheme and subsequent bankruptcy cases. PCI filed bankruptcy in 2008 after the collapse of the scheme. Ritchie was a major investor. Petters Company, Inc. (PCI) had a banking relationship with M&I Bank […]

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Rules of Professional Conduct update

MSBA members Eric Cooperstein and Fred Finch represented the viewpoint of the MSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) Committee at the September meeting of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB). The LPRB agenda included the RPC Committee’s proposed amendments to Rule 5.5 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. The draft amendments were spurred by the Court’s decision in In re Panel File […]

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Things will go wrong: Lessons for young lawyers on trial practice

The email rejecting a final settlement offer may be the most stressful part of any lawsuit. Whether you are the attorney sending it or the one opening your email to see it waiting for you, that email signifies a major change from everyday legal practice. The case is going to trial. What do you do […]

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Mount Innovate-More

Our family finally made the great American road trip this summer and visited the Black Hills and famous national landmark, Mount Rushmore. The gigantic stone sculptures embedded into the rocks of the Black Hills National Forest of course reveal 60-feet high carved faces (equivalent to six-story high profiles) of four important national figures: George Washington, […]

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Update: MSBA petitions

Rules petition: In early September 2016, the MSBA filed a petition for amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure that would: a) bring a number of the rules into conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 2) require the court to allocate 50 percent of unclaimed cy pres funds in state class […]

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Enhanced ProJusticeMN.org

Take a moment sometime soon to check out the completely redesigned ProJusticeMN website (www.projusticemn.org), a great one-stop source for pro bono attorneys. Changes include enhanced site navigation, easier access to practice library materials, and an improved case placement tool that gives pro bono attorneys the ability to review and select current volunteer opportunities. Created in 1999, ProJusticeMN represents a long-standing collaboration between […]

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