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Ready, Set, Go Solo: Tips for starting (and funding) your own law firm

I took the scenic route to starting my own law firm. I began my career at a large law firm. I knew every week how much my paycheck would be—down to the penny. After a decade of consistent paychecks, I moved in-house. For three more years, I continued to know how much my paycheck would be. […]

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Want to Promote ATJ? Think Unbundled

The national Access to Justice community is buzzing about Resolution 5 of the National Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators,1 which sets as its goal “100 percent access to effective assistance for essential (basic needs and safety) civil legal needs.” The resolution recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone’s […]

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Fortress or Foyer? On Law Firm Security

A tragedy in St. Paul is prompting renewed reflection about the physical security of Minnesota lawyers and law firms. The April murder of a law firm staffer in St. Paul shocked the Minnesota legal community—and reminded lawyers everywhere that physical security is not something they can afford to take for granted. In this article the […]

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Softening the Blow of Eminent Domain: Relocation Benefits for Businesses Forced to Move

Lawyers need to be aware that business clients facing the prospect of eminent domain and subsequent relocation may be eligible to receive compensation not only for taken land but for relocation expenses. Here’s what you need to know about the relevant federal and state laws. Your business client has just learned that its property will […]

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MSBA President 2016-17: Robin Wolpert

A Long Road  to the Law As Robin Wolpert steps up to lead the Minnesota State Bar Association this summer, she won’t be the first woman to have done so. Nor will she be the first bar president who has worked in government or as corporate counsel. Certainly she won’t be the first president from […]

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Succession Planning: Rewarding the Senior Lawyer

Succession planning works best when retiring senior lawyers receive the proper monetary incentives to transition their clients to other lawyers in the firm. Succession planning is a hot topic at many law firms today. That should come as no surprise, with successful baby boomer rainmakers starting to retire in significant numbers. A critical component of any […]

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DATWA’s Reach Grows

8th Circuit rules Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act has multi-state reach The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit recently expanded the reach of the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act1 (DATWA) by ruling that the Act can apply to the employees of Minnesota-based employers working in […]

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A Change of Venue for Trade Secret Disputes: How the Defend Trade Secrets Act will impact Minnesota law

In May President Obama signed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. And though it shares much in common with existing state law, Minnesota attorneys must reckon with the changes it brings—chief among them a shift to original jurisdiction in the federal courts and a new set of complications involving trade secrets and whistleblowing claims. The […]

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A Profession on Edge: Introduction

In 1999, the MSBA published For The Record: 150 Years of Law and Lawyers in Minnesota, a compendium of historical essays, yarns and figures charting the Minnesota legal profession’s growth from the appointment of its first judges in 1849 to the state’s surpassing of the 20,000-lawyer threshold in 1999. The publication of this comprehensive volume […]

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Lake Law 101 – Or: So You Want To Own a Cabin…

Owning a place ‘up north’ is the stuff of Minnesotans’ dreams. But along with the rustic setting and the sun-dappled shoreline, there comes a thicket of laws, regulations and potential boundary disputes that the wise would-be purchaser will get to know. It seems that owning a cabin in northern Minnesota is every Minnesotan’s dream. The […]

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