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The Arc of a Career: A short story about practicing in two centuries

NOTE: This article if best viewed in print. View the Digital Edition The Starting Pint overflowed with classmates too giddy to sit, as Burdette clambered onto the bar, cradling a glass and yelling “Shoot me to the moon!” above the din, as if Minnesota had won a national championship rather than recording the usual 95 […]

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Reflections on the Cause of Justice: A retiring judge looks back at his time on the bench

Each year between the ages of 8 and 18, my son and I went on a ski trip out west during winter break. In the early years we skied together—until he started going down black diamond runs. In an act of self-preservation, I let him go it alone. But it wasn’t the skiing that I […]

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Never Discuss Cheese with Rats: A brief overview of Minnesota’s informant privilege

Never discusscheese with rats. – Cookie Lyon There exists at the common law—both state and federal—a privilege that protects an informant from having his identity made known in a criminal case. The privilege exists for good reason: If there were no privilege, there likely would be no informants, only whole deserts devoted to storing them […]

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Who Will Judge the Judges? The origins of judicial discipline in Minnesota

In 1971, a Hennepin County Municipal Court judge found a law student in contempt and ordered her jailed for two hours. The student believed that the student practice rule authorized her to confer with a traffic court defendant, but the judge believed the student’s supervising attorney (who had authorized the contact from another courtroom) had […]

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Time to Get Paid: Attorney’s liens in Minnesota

In order to have a thriving legal practice, a lawyer must have clients who pay for services in a timely manner. Yet despite implementing screening procedures to make sure your new clients are capable of paying, and requesting up-front deposits to cover the estimated work, you may find yourself unpaid after hours and hours of […]

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Credit Where Credit Isn’t Due: What it takes to flunk Minnesota’s CLE standards

More than a few Minnesota lawyers have sat in a CLE lecture hall wondering, “What does this have to do with legal education?” Rarely if ever, though, has the state’s board that regulates continuing legal education agreed with that view—and to the point of revoking credit for a previously approved course.  A recent flap not […]

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‘This is one of the best careers in the legal business anywhere’

An interview with Justice G. Barry Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2004. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, he was a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, to which he was appointed in 1998. Before becoming a judge, Justice Anderson had a general […]

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Defining Parenthood: Changing families, the law, and the element of intent

Long before Minnesota codified the right of same-sex partners to marry,1 our state began recognizing the right of LGBT persons and same-sex couples to become parents and raise children.2 By enacting Minn. Stat. §517.01, Minnesota attempted to put an end to all gender-based distinctions in marriage by choosing to provide for the domestic rights of […]

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Charitable Gifting and the New Tax Law

Unless charitable giving is carefully planned, many individuals will no longer receive a tax benefit for their charitable contributions. Earlier this year, right around tax time, I was approached by two well-established legal services leaders to discuss resource development for Minnesota’s legal services providers. During this discussion, which ranged from the new tax law to […]

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PSLF is in jeopardy. You can do something about it

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is the light at the end of the tunnel that makes a legal career in public service possible. This federal program allows borrowers who work for 10 years in a full-time public service position to earn forgiveness on eligible student loans. Sadly, this vital program is now at risk of […]

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