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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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Expanding Access to Justice

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its comprehensive commitment to expanding access to justice for people across Minnesota. Recently, the MSBA’s Council explored what it understands the phrase “access to justice” to mean. We observed that, this simple phrase contains (at least) two distinct yet critical elements:  access, and justice—justice, […]

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Commitment & Diversity

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA, because not only is it committed to fostering diversity within the legal community, it’s willing to look at its own efforts and acknowledge when they are not enough. Last year, a work group of committed MSBA members undertook—at the Council’s request—an unflinching examination of the organization’s […]

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Enlivening a Vital Partnership

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of the efforts it makes to be a vital partner for attorneys statewide.  But, as you will read below, I do have some questions and I hope you will consider responding. Statewide Reach The MSBA’s statewide reach was really brought home for me this spring […]

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A Matter of Pride

If you are reading this, you are likely a member of the MSBA.  As an MSBA member, you naturally have read and memorized the organization’s bylaws.  Being able to recite the bylaws, in their entirety, on command, you naturally enough know that every fourth year the incoming president is a person nominated by the MSBA’s […]

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More Than You Pay For

What is this, another article about the incredible value of being a State Bar member? While it could be, it is not.  This article really is meant to showcase how lucky Minnesota’s citizens, legal professionals, and justice system are to have the support of our legal services organizations, offices, and staff. These highly skilled and […]

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A Privilege and a Pleasure

Wow, has time flown by!  Here it is, the middle of the spring, and I was just informed I have only this column and one more to pen.  This means that my year as president is almost over and when I’m asked how has the year been and have I enjoyed it, my standard response […]

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What, Again?

Taxation of legal services, the topic of this column, is a policy the Bar has long opposed, so I must ask myself, “Why am I procrastinating.”  Unpleasant as it is to go back over old ground, this is an issue that we must again discuss and clarify, among ourselves as professionals and with both our […]

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