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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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Throwing the MSBA hat over the wall

The Irish writer Frank O’Connor told the story of two boys wandering the countryside. Whenever they reached an orchard wall that was too imposing for them to continue their journey, they would take off their hats and throw them over the wall. That way, they would have no choice but to climb the wall and […]

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Stumping for our judiciary

Across the country, the legal profession has been focused on the president’s executive order, the court decisions regarding the constitutionality of the order, and the president’s comments about the judiciary. Regardless of your political views, I ask you to consider these events in a different context—one that sets aside policy positions and embraces an institutional […]

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Building a next-generation bar

The MSBA is in the business of creating and exercising power—power for our members, profession, and community. The MSBA is a creative and innovative organization devoted to advancing and realizing the promise of the rule of law, constantly questioning and challenging the status quo and asking, can’t we do better? The way we challenge the […]

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The 2017 legislative session: A primer on MSBA priorities

The 2017 legislative session is underway and the MSBA’s experienced lobbying team is at the Capitol, working hard to advance strategic initiatives to benefit the public and our justice system. We have a number of opportunities this session. The Republicans now control both the House and the Senate. This gives us the chance to build […]

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Juvenile justice and redemption

It’s the holiday season, and it seems like everywhere we turn, we encounter messages of redemption. From music to movies, from commercials to the great classics, we hear that the holiday spirit means forgiving ourselves and others, repaying debts, making things right, and doing the hard work required every day to honor our word and […]

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Empowering our new lawyers

On October 28, 2016, 530 new lawyers were admitted to the practice of law in Minnesota. They are now officers of the court and members of our profession. I invite you to consider how we can embrace these lawyers and welcome them into the profession.  I invite you to consider how we can assist these […]

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Judicial elections and the Supreme Court race

It’s election season in Minnesota, and as a lawyer, you know what that means. At every gathering of family and friends, the conversation inevitably turns to the election, and someone always asks you, “Who are those judges on the ballot? I don’t know anything about them. How should I vote?” Advising someone how to vote […]

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Market Disruption and Our Call for Engagement

Last month, I attended the American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. This meant lots of great food, a remarkable visit to Alcatraz with Rebecca Rhoda Fisher (one of two national winners of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s Pro Bono Champion Award), and the exciting chance to exchange ideas with bar leaders from across […]

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Disruption

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” — Albert Einstein On the morning of July 14, I drove into St. Paul, got off the Dale exit, and then sat on the bridge for about 20 minutes due to a temporary road […]

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