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Legislative Advocates

A few months ago, I devoted my President’s Page to detailing some of the benefits gained from MSBA membership.  I discussed our online tools to make attorneys’ jobs easier with streamlined research and assistance in document-creation, advertising, and electronic filing.  This month I want to share one of the unexpected joys of serving as MSBA President: […]

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‘Tis (Still) the Season …

The onset of the New Year, coming at the end of an often hectic and emotional holiday season, offers some relief from the craziness and, before we plunge back into the daily grind, a good time to step back and think about what’s important.  For me, like many of you, the answer is family.  It’s […]

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Be Well to Do Well

Here it is, the last day of deer hunting for many of us in Minnesota and it is an absolutely beautiful day in the woods in the northern part of the state.  The sun is out, there is not a cloud in the sky, and the wind is not blowing.  No threat of snow or […]

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Why MSBA? Better Ask, Why Not?

It is that time of year again. Soon, at least 1,500 of our fellow members will receive a notice informing them that their membership in the state bar association has been terminated. Why? Because they have not paid their membership dues, which leads me to ask in turn, Why? Given all of the benefits of […]

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Once More, With Feeling!

I’mmm baaaccckk!!” Who can forget this memorable line uttered by Randy Quaid in the movie, Independence Day?  Like Quaid, the topic of pro bono may echo that unforgettable phrase as I address it in this month’s column. Pro Bono Month It should be no surprise to anyone that an attorney who is employed by a […]

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Friends to the Court

Back in February, our most recent past president, Brent Routman, discussed a concept that was aptly named the “AMICUS Society.”  The concept was, from my understanding, the brainchild of Chief Justice Gildea and past president Lew Remele and envisioned an approach whereby attorneys, as a profession, can become true “friends to the court.” The underlying […]

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Where Do We Draw the Line?

In the wake of the shooting in Aurora I am sitting here and wondering, who in the heck needs a 100-round magazine for his or her hunting rifle?  I know that asking this question is going to provoke a reaction, and more likely than not, a negative reaction, but I honestly think that as attorneys […]

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Continuity & Change

Looking at the first real task that has been asked of me as the president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, I have to ask myself, has it been four years already?  It’s hard to believe four years have passed since I attended my very first Council meeting and then President (now the Hon.) Leo […]

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Time to Get Serious

Judge Francis M. Finch, formerly associate justice of the New York Court of Appeals, in an address as president of the New York State Bar Association, declared that the legal profession was overcrowded, and that “pressed by the necessities of a livelihood, there is a danger that men may be tempted to gain money by […]

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Reflections & Refractions

Bar presidents customarily devote their final, May/June President’s Page to giving a retrospective on the year, thanking all the appropriate persons. Still short of that final hurdle, I already feel that instead of being on the rubber chicken circuit of receptions, I’m entering the phase where lame duck is on the menu. Aside from all […]

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