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Sales Tax on Legal Services

A Very Bad Idea Since the sales tax was first introduced in Minnesota in the 1960s, Minnesota has rejected the extension of the sales tax to legal services as bad public policy on no less than three occasions. Minnesota’s historical position on this issue has been the right one, and is in keeping with 46 […]

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Pro Bono: Celebrating & Raising the Bar

Hardly a day goes by without the media giving us more bad news on the state of our economy and our community. The legal system has not been immune to this negative cycle: reduced court funding has stressed the capacity of the system to meet critical needs.  Our neighbors grapple with significant problems, such as […]

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From Classrooms to Dining Rooms

In my August column I made reference to concern expressed by some great Americans who caution that we face a very real threat to our system of democracy and constitutional government. The concern is based on Americans’ lack of knowledge concerning their rights and obligations in our form of constitutional government, as well as the […]

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Cui Bono? (To Whose Good?)

In an address to the opening assembly of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois in August 2009, United States Supreme Court Associate Justice David H. Souter lamented that (unlike the readers of this column) fully two-thirds of U.S. citizens cannot name all three branches of government. At the state legislature we see the judicial […]

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“When The Going Gets Tough …”

he test of any professional association is its continued strength and solid performance in delivering value to its members in tough times. By any measure, the MSBA is strong, having maintained its membership level of over 16,000 members through the recent stretch of economically challenging conditions. We believe this represents a recognition that now, more […]

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No Word for Goodbye

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. In Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people, there is no word for “goodbye.” The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe view life and all relationships therein (with and among both the inanimate and animate worlds) as being interrelated (or constituting a circle)—once something or someone enters our […]

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An Association in Balance: Who We Are

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The traditional Ojibwe/Anishinaabe view of the journey through life requires learning the necessary life skills to serve the practical needs of oneself as well as those of the community (Giikinoo’ amaadiwin) and involves ongoing efforts to enhance and grow in spiritual ways—to seek wisdom […]

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Nine Days in June

Shaping Our Future; Valuing Our Past Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. Well into the first half of the 20th century, American Indian communities, the Ojibwe/Anishinaabe among them, tragically endured the often forced removal of children from their homes, sometimes for years. These children routinely were sent half-way across […]

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Judicial Reform: On Behalf of Seven Generations

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people, like many American Indian communities, have a cultural ideal of contemplating how the lives of the next seven generations of children will be affected by the making of long-term decisions. According to Ojibwe/Anishinaabe tradition, by contemplating how what is done […]

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We Are Still Here

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. At the time of the arrival of Columbus, there were possibly upwards of 12 million indigenous people (American Indians) living throughout what is now the United States and Canada. Over the next four centuries, by 1891, as a result of disease, the destruction […]

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