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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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Ending Discrimination Against Women Globally—and Locally

MSBA backs ratification of CEDAW, a long-stalled UN convention on the elimination of discrimination against women. On December 11, 2015, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) unanimously passed a resolution supporting efforts to end discrimination against women here and abroad through the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). A […]

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A Jounce, A Pat, A Plop, A Plunk: Minnesota’s Broad New Assault Crime

A pair of Minnesota court decisions have upended traditional definitions of what constitutes assault First came State v. Fleck, a 2012 Minnesota Supreme Court decision that significantly dissociated two types of assault crimes—assault-fear and assault-harm. Then, this year, an appellate court further hairied matters with its decision in State v. Dorn, churning up more questions for […]

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Non-compete Agreements: The Latest Minnesota/ Wisconsin Border Battle

Wisconsin decision puts the states at odds over non-compete provisions in employment agreements. Thanks to a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, the law in Minnesota and its neighboring state now differs on the key, threshold issue of whether continuation of existing employment supports a non-compete agreement. Minnesota employers may want to rethink choice of law […]

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‘Justice is not simply a result’

An interview with the newest member of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Natalie Hudson Governor Mark Dayton appointed Justice Natalie Hudson to the Minnesota Supreme Court on October 26, 2015. She had previously served for 13 years on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, to which she was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002. Justice Hudson started […]

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