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In eviction proceedings, lawyers = better outcomes

A study arising from the Housing Court Project in Hennepin County proves that legal representation in housing court helps prevent homelessness. Evictions have significant and often tragic consequences for tenants and their families. An eviction notice can spell a nearly immediate need to move out with nowhere to go but to double up with a friend […]

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Beyond the Binary: Practical advice for using gender pronouns 

Misgendering a person—such as referring to someone as “sir” or “she” when they are not—is an act of gender violence. It may seem like an innocent mistake, or not a big deal. But for a transgender person, being misgendered cuts to the core of their identity. “That sensation is a potent split-second mixture of anxiety […]

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Alt-Remedies to Paying Student Loans

In some cases, relief is available Close to $1.5 trillion in loans have been issued to students; most of them are not dischargeable and accrue more interest than the average mortgage or car loan of the last decade. Student loan balances include few discharge options, and have effectively crippled a generation of young people trying to […]

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Minnesota’s Public School System Goes on Trial

Cruz-Guzman presses the question of what constitutes an adequate public education The achievement gap in America’s schools is one of our nation’s most persistent and pernicious problems. Educators, administrators, researchers, legislators, and courts ceaselessly debate why the gap exists and how to close it. Yet a universal solution—one that is educationally, politically, and economically feasible […]

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Fair Trials in the Age of Facebook

When social media are everywhere, escaping prejudicial publicity becomes almost impossible When there has been intense media coverage of high-profile homicides or other incidents, criminal defendants in Minnesota typically seek to change the venue of a trial from the county where the incident occurred. The goal is to lessen the possibility of the jury including […]

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A Storm on the Farm

What every creditors’ remedies attorney needs to know about the coming agricultural crisis A crisis is currently brewing in Minnesota’s agricultural sector. Years of low commodities prices brought on by a global supply glut have been taking their toll. Over the past several years, many farmers experienced losses due to the low prices, but those losses […]

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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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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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