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Whence Lawyer Discipline?

The origins and evolution of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board Forty-eight years ago, the ABA Clark Report assayed lawyer discipline systems around the United States and proclaimed a crisis. This article traces the history of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board that Minnesota launched in response, and examines the changes it has undergone in the decades to […]

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Paul Godfrey: That resort was a gas!

When a group of six or eight individuals shares an experience, it’s often the case that their stories about it change over the years, depending on who retells it. Perhaps that’s what makes the tale of how four couples almost lost their lives during the 1991 Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association President’s Day meeting at a […]

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2017 ABA Pro Bono Survey

Survey Says… A look at Minnesota lawyers’ participation in and views of pro bono work Minnesota has long been a leader in supporting civil legal aid through both dedicated state funding sources and charitable giving, as well as through policies that encourage and support pro bono work by lawyers. Last year, the American Bar Association […]

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Judicial Elections and Free Speech in 2018

Recent federal decisions show that reconciling the free speech rights of judicial candidates with judicial integrity is difficult yet essential. At the same time, since judicial campaign rules are narrowly drawn, they leave plenty of opportunity for very negative, well-funded judicial campaigns. This article traces the arc of relevant case law from the White case to the present day. Judical candidates have now […]

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The Road Taken

From muddy trails to interstate highways, a history of Minnesota’s roads and the role courts and governments played in it It wasn’t always this way. The idea of getting in a car and driving on a paved road from Worthington to Grand Portage, or from Winona to Hallock, is a mid-20th century phenomenon. Minnesota started […]

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Bitcoin: ready or not…

Bitcoin for legal services remains a conundrum, but it’s one that firms need to reckon with Can a law firm accept bitcoin for legal services? What was once a purely theoretical scenario has become increasingly feasible. Rather than waiting idly for clarity, lawyers should begin positioning themselves now for the coming age of cryptocurrencies. On October […]

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‘What would a lawyer 100 years from now think of this decision?’

An interview with Justice David Lillehaug of the Minnesota  Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2013 by Gov. Mark Dayton. Immediately prior to joining the Court, he was a shareholder at Fredrikson & Bryon, P.A. with a diverse and exciting litigation practice. Justice Lillehaug left private practice for several years to […]

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Wide Variety of New Civil Rules Take Effect in July

What you need to know about the new amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure On March 13, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court promulgated amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure.1 The amendments take effect on July 1, 2018, and are broad in reach, if not necessarily earth-shaking. They change more than 15 rules […]

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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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