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‘All of a sudden it was like, Holy Cow’—The opioid epidemic is ravaging northeastern Minnesota—and its legal system

Duluth’s heroin problem started with prescription opioids—pain pills. In the first decade of the new century, St. Louis County didn’t record a single heroin overdose. Beginning in 2011, the heroin deaths began to mount and have remained in the double digits every year since. The epidemic levels of opioid abuse have created a state of perpetual crisis in drug courts and […]

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First, Do No Harm: The intersection of opioids and the courts

The growing number of opioid users entering the legal system poses many challenges for courts, not least in the area of devising pretrial release protocols that minimize the danger of death by overdose. This article, written in consultation with a physician specializing in the treatment of addiction, spells out factors to consider when courts face […]

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The Quality of Mercy

Why I asked for leniency at the sentencing of the drug dealer who sold my son Max a fatal dose “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that […]

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In Time for Spring: Bike Law 101

What lawyers should know about the rules of the road and bike-relevant insurance law Springtime is finally around the corner. The melting of snow triggers a typical Minnesotan desire in both young and old to put some air in the tires, find a helmet, and jump on our bicycles for a ride. This makes perfectly good […]

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Trump Year One: A conversation with four Minnesota immigration lawyers

with DAN DONNELLY, DANIELLE HENDRICKSON, SAIKO McIVOR, and R. MARK FREY The Trump administration’s directives on immigration have been making headlines since the president’s first week in office. But there is more to the story than the fabled travel ban. In this article, four Minnesota immigration lawyers talk candidly about how the new regime has affected their practices and their […]

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#MeToo in the Law Firm: Lessons for lawyers from the post-Weinstein reckoning

Since last fall, when a spate of stories about the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein spawned the #MeToo movement, countless women have come forward to tell their own, frequently long suppressed, stories of sexual harassment in the workplace. There is every reason to believe that the legal profession has more than its share of stories, some of which may […]

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Improving Law Firm Culture: The beginning of the discussion

Between them, the authors have worked for more than 75 years in male-dominated, hierarchical fields. (This is not a bad thing unto itself: Historically, most of the highest paying professions have been male-dominated and hierarchical.) As law firms, like other businesses, work to address the grievances of the #MeToo movement, the authors apply their hard-won […]

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Preparing the Witness to Win the Deposition Battle

As fewer cases are tried and more are settled, depositions take on greater importance. Depositions often provide a significant part of the data used to analyze the settlement value of a case. We look at whether the witness was convincing and whether she effectively spoke to the major issues of the case. Depositions also may […]

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No Longer Peas in a Pod: More implications of the divorce of Minnesota corporate and LLC law

Twenty-five years ago, when an MSBA task force drafted Minnesota’s first limited liability company (LLC) statute, the drafters copied chapter 302A, the corporate statute, to the maximum extent possible. Labels were changed—e.g., member instead of shareholder; board of governors instead of board of directors—and substance was modified to the extent necessary to comply with the […]

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Rethinking the Law Office: Trends in legal office space

Insights from commercial real estate professionals By Dan Wicker, Tom Dahl, Paul Donovan, and Jaclyn May Today the success of a law firm depends on much more than just helping clients and billing hours. The operational side of the industry can be tedious, with a number of moving pieces to consider when evaluating costs and […]

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