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A lesson from the trades

According to Merriam-Webster, an “apprentice” is someone “who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art or calling.” Wikipedia describes an apprenticeship as “a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study.” Apprenticeships, historically used in trades and guilds […]

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Mount Innovate-More

Our family finally made the great American road trip this summer and visited the Black Hills and famous national landmark, Mount Rushmore. The gigantic stone sculptures embedded into the rocks of the Black Hills National Forest of course reveal 60-feet high carved faces (equivalent to six-story high profiles) of four important national figures: George Washington, […]

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Down with avoidance

I’m not really a dog person. Probably more accurately, I’m not really a pet person. But I think that what that really means is that I’ve never been exposed to pets (unless you count a guppy, which I don’t think you can). Now it’s not that I don’t like animals, it’s just that I’m completely […]

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Opportunity to succeed/permission to fail

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl When I started practicing law in this community 20 years ago, I could never have imagined: that you could (or would even want to) know how many steps you took that day; that you could turn […]

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At the bar of possibility

“The word ‘democracy’ is a great word, whose history … remains unwritten, because that history has yet to be enacted.” – Walt Whitman The journey of the hero in the great masterpieces of world literature captures and inspires our hearts. Reading Gilgamesh, for example, is one of the best things that can happen to a […]

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Throwing the MSBA hat over the wall

The Irish writer Frank O’Connor told the story of two boys wandering the countryside. Whenever they reached an orchard wall that was too imposing for them to continue their journey, they would take off their hats and throw them over the wall. That way, they would have no choice but to climb the wall and […]

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Stumping for our judiciary

Across the country, the legal profession has been focused on the president’s executive order, the court decisions regarding the constitutionality of the order, and the president’s comments about the judiciary. Regardless of your political views, I ask you to consider these events in a different context—one that sets aside policy positions and embraces an institutional […]

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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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