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Building a next-generation bar

The MSBA is in the business of creating and exercising power—power for our members, profession, and community. The MSBA is a creative and innovative organization devoted to advancing and realizing the promise of the rule of law, constantly questioning and challenging the status quo and asking, can’t we do better? The way we challenge the […]

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The 2017 legislative session: A primer on MSBA priorities

The 2017 legislative session is underway and the MSBA’s experienced lobbying team is at the Capitol, working hard to advance strategic initiatives to benefit the public and our justice system. We have a number of opportunities this session. The Republicans now control both the House and the Senate. This gives us the chance to build […]

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Juvenile justice and redemption

It’s the holiday season, and it seems like everywhere we turn, we encounter messages of redemption. From music to movies, from commercials to the great classics, we hear that the holiday spirit means forgiving ourselves and others, repaying debts, making things right, and doing the hard work required every day to honor our word and […]

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Empowering our new lawyers

On October 28, 2016, 530 new lawyers were admitted to the practice of law in Minnesota. They are now officers of the court and members of our profession. I invite you to consider how we can embrace these lawyers and welcome them into the profession.  I invite you to consider how we can assist these […]

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Judicial elections and the Supreme Court race

It’s election season in Minnesota, and as a lawyer, you know what that means. At every gathering of family and friends, the conversation inevitably turns to the election, and someone always asks you, “Who are those judges on the ballot? I don’t know anything about them. How should I vote?” Advising someone how to vote […]

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Market Disruption and Our Call for Engagement

Last month, I attended the American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. This meant lots of great food, a remarkable visit to Alcatraz with Rebecca Rhoda Fisher (one of two national winners of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s Pro Bono Champion Award), and the exciting chance to exchange ideas with bar leaders from across […]

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Disruption

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” — Albert Einstein On the morning of July 14, I drove into St. Paul, got off the Dale exit, and then sat on the bridge for about 20 minutes due to a temporary road […]

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A bar for everyone, with no one left out

I became a lawyer to empower people. And I joined the Minnesota State Bar Association to empower myself. Before I started my career as a lawyer, I spoke to a number of business entrepreneurs about how to deliver excellence and creativity in client service. Their advice? Go after opportunities for accelerated professional growth. Get diversified practice […]

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Some parting thoughts

As we approach the conclusion of our bar year at the end of June, this is my last opportunity to take stock and review the progress we have made, as well as to identify some of the challenges that lie ahead. Here are a few thoughts on my mind as we head toward our convention […]

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Change happens. And that’s good.

I am a lifelong Minnesotan. I have lived in the Twin Cities since infancy. I went to public schools in a large suburban district.  Almost everyone in my world looked like me and spoke English—my relatives, my neighbors, my friends, my teachers, the folks who worked in the gas station, stores and restaurants, the political […]

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