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Meet Thomas Winters: ‘I fell in love with the community’

THOMAS P. WINTERS is a general practitioner at Ramstad, Skoyles & Winters in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where his practice is focused mostly on estate planning and probate. A 2009 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, he and his wife, Erin Winters, have a one-year-old son and another child on the way.  Tell us about […]

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Fastcase adds offerings

The MSBA renewed its relationship with Fastcase in January, and Fastcase has responded by offering many new services and new content to MSBA members. This spring, Fastcase took over delivery of the MSBA’s long-time Court Opinions by Email service; in addition to offering the same content and delivery options, Fastcase has added new Tax and […]

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Digital evidence: New authentication standards coming

As it is now written, Federal Rule of Evidence 902 pertains to self-authenticating records such as newspapers and public records that require no external evidence to be made admissible at trial. Soon, the rule will encompass digital records generated by electronic processes in addition to records preserved directly from electronic devices or files, such as […]

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MN Legal Ethics, 7th ed is here!

The 7th edition of Bill Wernz’s landmark ethics book, Minnesota Legal Ethics, is now available at the MSBA website—and it’s free to all Minnesota attorneys. Visit www.mnbar.org/ebooks to download your copy. Highlights in this edition include: Social media: a discussion of Lawyers Board Opinion 24 and the limits on an attorney’s right of self-defense against […]

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Who gets disciplined?

The Annual Report of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB) and Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) was filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 3, 2017. The report, which is posted on the LPRB website at www.lprb.mncourts.gov, covers operations of the LPRB/OLPR for the Court’s fiscal year, July 1, 2016 – June 30, […]

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Meet Lisa Kallemeyn: ‘Tech has made all the difference’

LISA KALLEMEYN has been exclusively practicing family law and ADR for more than 23 years. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and the American Bar Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis and Judicare of Anoka County […]

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Notes & Trends – July 2017

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIAL LAW • State agency’s imposition of more stringent standards than required by federal program is arbitrary and capricious. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it subjected a nonprofit to more stringent financial viability requirements than required by the federal nutritional […]

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Opportunity to succeed/permission to fail

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl When I started practicing law in this community 20 years ago, I could never have imagined: that you could (or would even want to) know how many steps you took that day; that you could turn […]

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Assembly Votes

At the June Assembly meeting, members voted on two committee recommendations. After extensive and thoughtful debate, the Assembly adopted a proposal from the Early Bar Exam Committee that the MSBA petition the Supreme Court to amend the Rules for Bar Admission to allow law students to sit for the Minnesota bar exam during their third […]

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MSBA petition to amend Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure

Upon approval of the Assembly in June 2016, the MSBA filed a petition on September 2 requesting changes to the MRCP. The proposed changes would bring the Minnesota rules into conformity with the federal rules, and require half of unclaimed cy pres funds in state court be allocated to legal aid. The court referred the […]

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