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Car Minus Driver: Autonomous vehicle regulation, liability, and policy, part II

PART II The advent of autonomous vehicles points to a seemingly inescapable shift in historical standards for auto crashes—from driver/owner liability to a product-liability regime. The emerging technology may change how traffic laws are enforced, and it will also implicate other privacy, criminal, insurance, and ethical quandaries. SUMMARY: SAE-defined Levels of Automation L0 – No automation. Human […]

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Car Minus Driver: Autonomous vehicles driving regulation, liability, and policy

Part I Automated driving is coming. Last month the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released its newly expanded Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, and the race is on to bring driverless cars to our roads on a mass scale. As with many new technologies, the law will have to catch up with the issues raised by […]

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Lawyerly Transitions: On charting a course from student to lawyer to adult

According to several law school statistical studies, the average age of law school graduates in the United States is 27. The average age of newlyweds in the United States currently sits at 27 for women and 29 for men. Further, over the last 43 years, the average age of a first-time mother has increased from […]

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DIY Legal Tech: Do More, Work Less

Using document automation to speed up much of the routine work of lawyering In the average solo or small firm, 40 percent of the hours that lawyers work aren’t billed. You can buy yourself extra time by automating documents used regularly in your practice—on your own or with the help of software packages. But don’t underestimate […]

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Your Money or Your Data

Trends in other industries make it clear that lawyers must prepare  for ransomware attacks. Here’s how to get started. Earlier this year, ransomware cyber attacks at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and MedStar Health, based in Columbia, Maryland, made headlines and alarmed health providers and patients. The ransomware attacks, which involve a virus […]

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eFiling Without Tears

FAQ: What Minnesota Lawyers Need to Know The eFiling and eService of documents with Minnesota courts is now mandatory throughout the state. In this FAQ for MSBA members, a judge and an information technology officer from the courts review some of the more common queries about the process and its requirements. We want to thank […]

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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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