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Notes & Trends – May/June 2017

COMMERCIAL AND CONSUMER LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Characterization is important. Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Article 9 has long recognized that it is difficult in many instances to determine whether a transaction is legally a sale, or legally a secured transaction. Rather it punts and leaves the issue to the courts, but, as appropriate, it also largely […]

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At the bar of possibility

“The word ‘democracy’ is a great word, whose history … remains unwritten, because that history has yet to be enacted.” – Walt Whitman The journey of the hero in the great masterpieces of world literature captures and inspires our hearts. Reading Gilgamesh, for example, is one of the best things that can happen to a […]

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Meet Melitta Drechsler: ‘Being a business lawyer means thinking like a business person’

MELITTA DRECHSLER (formerly Melitta George) is an assistant Ramsey County attorney in the office’s Civil Division. She drafts, reviews, and negotiates Ramsey County’s high-dollar-value procurement contracts. Melitta is currently the president-elect of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Prior to joining the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Melitta was corporate counsel for Taylor Corporation in […]

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Helping victims of lawyer dishonesty

Thirty years ago the Minnesota Supreme Court established the Client Security Fund to provide a funding source to pay victims of intentional lawyer dishonesty. It appears the genesis of the fund was the significant losses caused by two attorneys, Mark Sampson and John Flanagan, both of whom were disbarred in the late 1980s for misappropriation […]

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Proposed amendments to MRPC 5.5

The MSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee is recommending some changes to MRPC 5.5 to address issues raised in a recent decision upholding a private admonition for the unauthorized practice of law. In the case (A15-2078), an attorney in Colorado provided legal advice to a relative in Minnesota and attempted to negotiate with a Minnesota […]

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Online document assembly update

The MSBA has long partnered with HotDocs® to help you create finished documents for clients more quickly, reliably, and free of errors by simply answering questions in interviews. The Minnesota-specific set of forms is called mndocs. Still, using the original system did require members to install software and updates periodically. To free members from that […]

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Happy birthday, LAD! 

The MSBA’s Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee celebrated its 35th anniversary on May 2. Since its inception, the committee has been at the forefront of access to justice policy work in Minnesota. Most recently, in April the committee successfully passed a proposal for the MSBA to fund a pilot program for a statewide panel […]

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Save the date: MSBA Tech Conference

Join the MSBA in Minneapolis on Monday, October 9, for this year’s Technology Conference to learn how new trends in technology are disrupting and reshaping the legal profession. This year’s conference will feature several prominent national speakers, including: Claude Ducloux, Director of LawPay Education; Kristen Sonday, COO and co-founder of Paladin; Ed Walters, CEO of […]

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Bernard Becker Award

On April 21, the MSBA awarded four outstanding legal aid and pro bono practitioners with the Bernard Becker Award at the MSBA Assembly meeting. From left to right: Elsa Marshall, Legal Services State Support;  Jessica Grady Federico, Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Luke Grundman, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; and Martha Delaney, Volunteer Lawyers Network.

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MLAO: Get involved!

Volunteering has never been so easy. With Minnesota Legal Advice Online (MLAO) (www.mnlegaladvice.org), you can help increase access to justice for all Minnesotans on your schedule. MLAO is a virtual legal clinic: Low-income clients sign up and post a question, and volunteer attorneys provide legal advice online. It works just like an email conversation. You […]

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