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No, You Can’t Call Him an @?%#! on Facebook

Counseling clients about social media and divorce Divorce is one of the most stressful and painful experiences a person can undergo. And in the age of social media, where people often feel compelled to broadcast every little detail about their lives to the whole planet, the experience can become even more fraught. There is significant […]

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ABA Formal Opinion No. 483, Data Breaches, and You

What’s your plan? New ethics opinion requires lawyers to take steps to protect client data from cyber threats. Hackers have increasingly targeted lawyers and law firms for the treasure trove of confidential information in their possession, including trade secrets, pending business deals, financial information, and personal data. These attacks have resulted in numerous data breaches […]

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Substantial completion and liquidated damages: A road not taken

Substantial completion dates frequently coincide with liquidated damages provisions in construction contracts; a contractor’s failure to meet the deadline set by the former can prompt the enforcement of the latter.1 Both substantial completion and liquidated damages provisions can spawn litigation, but despite their connection, Minnesota case law examining liquidated damages provisions when substantial completion is […]

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‘My first few months have been amazing’

An interview with Justice Paul Thissen of the Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul C. Thissen was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2018 by Gov. Mark Dayton. Prior to joining the Court, Justice Thissen had spent 15 years as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, including two years as speaker of the […]

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RBG and MN

As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg observes her silver anniversary on the U.S. Supreme Court, we look at some of her notable opinions in Minnesota cases. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the midst of her 25th term on the U.S. Supreme Court, has become an iconic figure. A documentary about her, RBG, won strong reviews and […]

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In eviction proceedings, lawyers = better outcomes

A study arising from the Housing Court Project in Hennepin County proves that legal representation in housing court helps prevent homelessness. Evictions have significant and often tragic consequences for tenants and their families. An eviction notice can spell a nearly immediate need to move out with nowhere to go but to double up with a friend […]

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Beyond the Binary: Practical advice for using gender pronouns 

Misgendering a person—such as referring to someone as “sir” or “she” when they are not—is an act of gender violence. It may seem like an innocent mistake, or not a big deal. But for a transgender person, being misgendered cuts to the core of their identity. “That sensation is a potent split-second mixture of anxiety […]

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Alt-Remedies to Paying Student Loans

In some cases, relief is available Close to $1.5 trillion in loans have been issued to students; most of them are not dischargeable and accrue more interest than the average mortgage or car loan of the last decade. Student loan balances include few discharge options, and have effectively crippled a generation of young people trying to […]

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So Long, Tim Groshens

When Tim Groshens was named executive director of the Minnesota State Bar Association in 1985, Ronald Reagan was president, big hair was stylish, and desktop computers were still just an unsettling rumor in most lawyers’ offices. Amid the myriad changes of the ensuing 34 years, Groshens’ leadership of MSBA staff and his service to officers and […]

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Buyers’ Guide 2019

A warm thanks to these loyal vendors who participated in the January issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota which included our annual Buyers’ Guide. Please consider these companies / organizations when searching for a product or service. (You may click here to learn more about advertising.) CATEGORICAL LISTINGS OF ADVERTISERS 1031 Reverse Exchanges CPEC1031 […]

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