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The profession needs us. Let’s step up.

In July part of my message in this president’s page was about the One Profession program that the MSBA has launched. As you may recall, One Profession consists of a series of one-day meetings. In 2019 we will be holding a meeting in each of the judicial districts in greater Minnesota. Each of the meetings […]

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A new era in bar staffing and member service

By now many of you know that the bar association staff has a new leader. Cheryl Dalby has agreed to take on the new role of chief executive officer in guiding a single staff that will serve the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA. Cheryl, who has been the executive director of the RCBA for 18 years, […]

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Succession planning matters. Have you done it?

I work for Farmers Insurance Company. And because I do work for a large company, my succession plan is already in place. When I can no longer practice due to disability, retirement, or death, Farmers will step in and name my replacement. This will result in a seamless transition regarding the service my office provides to our […]

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Unmet legal needs aren’t going away

In the spring of 2018 I was asked to appear in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. Our MSBA President, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, was not available, so the task fell to me. The purpose of my appearance was to support the MSBA’s request to amend the rules to […]

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You have a role in judicial elections

So you’re a lawyer, right? That question usually precedes a series of questions about an area of law completely unrelated to your practice. When Prince died I was asked by friends to explain the inner workings of the laws of intestate succession. While I did pass Estates and Trusts in law school—I can dig out […]

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Lawyer well-being: We need to talk

This year your bar association is implementing a program we call One Profession. The purpose of the program is to bring lawyers from all across the state together to address the challenges facing the legal profession. One important issue we all need to address is lawyer wellness. One of the great things about our profession […]

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Sharing staff

Last year President Sonia Miller-Van Oort chaired the committee that put together the MSBA’s new three-year strategic plan. That plan was adopted by the Assembly on June 29, 2018. The five priorities, in no particular order, have been set as follows: The MSBA will expand upon and improve how it uniquely connects and provides a […]

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One Profession

As the new president of the MSBA, the first thing I want to tell you is thanks for being a member of our bar association. We have tremendous volunteer leaders and volunteers and a great staff. We all share one goal: to serve our members. My plan is to use this President’s Page to let […]

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MSBA Future: Opportunities realized and awaiting

Last July, in my first president’s column, I foreshadowed the strategic planning process that the MSBA would carry out this year. I viewed my role as your president to shepherd us through a process to navigate change; engage in hard discussions; collaborate better with our MSBA partners, district bars, and affinity bars; eliminate duplicative efforts; […]

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The cost of kindness? Nothing under the SOLACE program

It seems that bad news, natural catastrophe, and personal tragedy surface all too frequently these days. And given social media outlets, we hear about it in detail and immediately. These incidents sadden us, depress us, and sometimes leave us feeling helpless. We can’t save the world: true. We can’t shield others from tragic events: true. […]

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