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MSBA’s Race for Relevance

How relevant is the MSBA to you?  For some of our members the MSBA remains extraordinarily relevant.  For others less so.  The association has slowly been losing members over the past two decades.  And many current members are not very engaged.  An unengaged membership is the greatest threat to the future of the association.  Unengaged […]

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Taking Care of Ourselves

Last month I wrote about a bar association spread too thin and the need to focus the MSBA to meet the challenges of a fast-changing legal profession.  The same could be said of our members, many of whom find themselves spread too thin in these challenging economic times.  And thanks to advances in technology—iPhones, iPads, […]

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An Association Spread Too Thin

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, it was producing a hodgepodge of computers.  There were a dozen different versions of the Macintosh and hundreds of peripherals available to the public.  Jobs was horrified.  He directed his team to drop almost everything they were doing and focus on only four great products.  His engineers […]

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Serving Democracy & the Profession

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its historic commitment to educating members of the public about the role of lawyers and courts, and about the rule of law. Educating the public on the roles of lawyers and judges, and on how law actually works, is a service not just […]

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Personal & Professional Development

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of the opportunities it provides for members to be leaders. Sure, it may seem obvious to speak about leadership opportunities when you’re the president, but it’s not just about this particular, mighty office (side note: at the April 25 Assembly meeting the announcement will be […]

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Promoting Impartial Justice

I’m proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its longstanding commitment to fostering a greater understanding of and appreciation for our independent judiciary. From its founding in 1883, the MSBA recognized the critical importance of promoting awareness of the role and value of “the third branch.”  Particularly today, with our internet-hyped, 24-hour […]

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Partner With the Judiciary

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its deep and productive relationship with Minnesota’s judiciary. Since its creation over 130 years ago, MSBA has sought to promote a healthy relationship between the legal community and the members of the bench as one of its primary purposes, and that really has never […]

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An Effective Policy Advocate

I am proud to be a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association because this organization has a well-earned reputation as an effective advocate at the Minnesota Legislature for strong, responsive public policy. The 2014 legislative session begins next month, and your bar association will be well-represented at the Capitol by Emily McGann, our government relations […]

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‘Tis the Season

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of the spirit of philanthropy that is so evident in our districts and our sister organization, the Minnesota State Bar Foundation. In a previous column, I expressed my appreciation for the amazing generosity of MSBA members who self-reported having provided over $17 million worth of […]

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Facing the Big Questions

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its willingness to take on some of the “big questions” facing not only our association, but also our profession and our society. Future of Legal Education Recently, we have been challenged to broach an important discussion about the future of legal education in Minnesota […]

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