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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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The Gavel and the Gridiron: A short history of football law in Minnesota state and federal courts

From lawsuits over fan injuries all the way to NFL antitrust litigation, Minnesota courts have played an important role in a number of football-related disputes. As Minnesota prepares to host Super Bowl LII, this article offers a brief survey of some of the highlights. When Super Bowl XXVI was played in Minnesota 26 years ago, […]

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Legal Tech: The Future Starts in Law School

Some basic principles of legal technology education in the 21st century Technology is transforming how consumers interact with the legal profession. And the responsibility for training lawyers to meet a more tech-centric future begins with law schools. This article discusses five principles devised to guide legal educators in meeting the challenge.  Warning as to what’s ahead: This is an article […]

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Preparing for a Hack of Your Law Firm

It can happen to you— and you will need a plan Every lawyer has an ethical duty to keep client information confidential—even though that duty increasingly involves mastering technological security matters that many lawyers and firms find challenging. Since there is no way to assure that your law firm can never become the victim of cyber […]

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