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MSBA TECHstar: Welcoming our new robot overlords

Among the many great sessions at this year’s MSBA TECHstar Conference on Monday, October 9, will be Fastcase’s CEO and co-founder, Ed Walters, talking about AI, Ethics, and the Law of Robots. In addition to his duties driving Fastcase to better serve its 800,000 subscribers (including MSBA members), Walters, who teaches a class on the law of robots at Georgetown Law, […]

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MSBA Tech Month: The future is now

Having trouble keeping abreast of changing technology and its impact on the legal profession? In October the MSBA is presenting a month’s worth of programs—25 in all—to help you catch up with emerging legal technology tools and products. The programs range from practical tips to updates on innovations and new technology. In addition to a […]

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So you’ve received an ethics complaint. What now?

Receiving mail from the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) in an envelope marked “Personal and Confidential” is sure to ruin any lawyer’s day.  Even lawyers who serve as district ethics committee volunteer investigators hate getting mail from the OLPR, notwithstanding the fact that those envelopes are specifically marked “DEC Materials.” Having been on the […]

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Putting communication and clients first in digital forensic analysis

Within the software development community, production methodologies are adjusting rapidly to account for an increase in active consumer participation and involvement. The status quo is no longer suitable when consumers have specific demands regarding what their software must be able to do for them. Software engineers are no longer able to simply guess what their […]

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Notes & Trends – September 2017

Landmarks in the Law 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. CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Confrontation clause: Medical report coincidental to criminal investigation not testimonial statement. During appellant’s trial for domestic and third-degree assault, […]

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How do Minnesota’s attorney discipline numbers compare?

Benchmarking is popular in business. I have found, however, that it is a challenge to benchmark attorney regulation systems given the differing approaches to attorney discipline and regulation among the states. Even though no two systems are identical, it is interesting to look at how different states approach attorney regulation, and to compare how many […]

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Notes & Trends – August 2017

Landmarks in the Law 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. BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Debtor cannot exempt annuity payments simply because it was purchased as a result of spouse’s death. Debtor sought to exempt […]

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CLEs: more content, more convenience

The MSBA continues to expand its CLE programming each year. Last year we offered roughly 300 programs. Section CLE programming continues to be a central part of your MSBA membership, but with busy members throughout the state, it’s not always easy to attend a one-hour program in Minneapolis. Almost all MSBA CLE programs now offer […]

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Down with avoidance

I’m not really a dog person. Probably more accurately, I’m not really a pet person. But I think that what that really means is that I’ve never been exposed to pets (unless you count a guppy, which I don’t think you can). Now it’s not that I don’t like animals, it’s just that I’m completely […]

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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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