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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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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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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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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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Confidentiality Rules in the Age of Social Media

A historical perspective When, if ever, may a lawyer disclose confidential information, outside a legal proceeding, to defend against a client’s public accusation of serious misconduct? “Never” and “almost never” are the answers proposed, respectively, by the Lawyers Board and the Minnesota State Bar Association. The MSBA answer has taken the form of a petition […]

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Minnesota Revises Its Business Organization Statutes

Here’s what you need to know Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law revisions to several Minnesota business organization statutes, including the Minnesota Business Corporation Act, the Minnesota Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, the Uniform Limited Partnership Act of 2001, the Uniform Partnership Act (1994), and the Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation Act. Minnesota Business […]

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Privacy: The Tort That Wasn’t There

Despite a landmark ruling 20 years ago in Lake v. Wal-Mart, Minnesota courts have generally treated privacy issues as none of their business. One score ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court brought forth a new notion, conceived in litigation and dedicated to the proposition that all people in Minnesota are entitled to privacy. The doctrine established 20 […]

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