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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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The courage to change the things we can …

Courage, serenity and wisdom are the three gifts commonly sought by many in those recovery programs that have embraced the serenity prayer as a guidepost. Those qualities are useful for all of us in many facets of living. They also provide helpful guidance as we consider the findings and implications of the recent ABA/Hazelden study […]

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The people’s court

During the month of January we learned of the confirmation of Justice Mimi Wright to become our newest federal judge, and within days we learned that Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Margaret Chutich was named to replace her on the Supreme Court. District Judge Diane Bratvold was appointed to take Chutich’s spot on the court […]

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A lifetime to pay

One of our priorities this year has been to improve our effort at reaching out to law students. While our law school leadership is very supportive of the bar, many in the law school faculties (though thankfully not all) are disconnected from our bar. If we don’t play an active role in trying to connect […]

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Minding the Balance

Whenever other lawyers learn that my wife and children (two daughters) are lawyers, I usually get a quizzical look, often followed by a question about how I could ever let my children become lawyers. I patiently reply that these were choices freely made by my daughters, and that I didn’t try to influence them. Then, […]

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear . . .

In June of this year, the MSBA Assembly adopted a recommendation to form a task force to consider whether we should support development of a new, non-attorney category of licensed legal service providers. This is an idea that has generated a good deal of apprehension among our members, many of whom are feeling economic pressure […]

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Mo’ Bono Publico

This past summer Minneapolis played host to a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation of America. They help fund Legal Aid programs throughout our country, and form the backbone of our nation’s pro bono resources. The LSC president eloquently reminds us that both the first sentence of our Constitution (“We […]

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Improving Our Values Proposition

When I first began attending national conferences of bar leaders, I was surprised to learn that many, if not most, states have a mandatory bar association. If we followed that model here, we would have thousands of additional members. We could lower our dues, expand our member services, or opt for a little of both. […]

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