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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


One of the joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to thank you for being a member of the MSBA and wish you the best for the New Year.

— Richard Kyle, Jr., President; Michael Unger, President-Elect; Robin Wolpert, Treasurer; and, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Secretary.

Minnesota Legal News

  • A judge's view: St. Louis County DWI Court changes, saves lives: Duluth News Tribune
  • NFLPA sues NFL in Peterson case: ESPN
  • Target hack victims may come up empty: Minnesota Lawyer
  • Statewide Effort to Educate the Public about Civil Legal Aid: Legal Services State Support
  • Long Trail and Bent Paddle Brewing resolves "Hiker" logo dispute: VT Beer
  • Plus: Highway sound barriers could get funding boost; and Judge: Auto Dealer Need Not Cover Contraceptives

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Bar and Association News

  • Light on Legal Aid: MSBA
  • Make Mock Trial Your Year-End Donation: MSBA Mock Trial Program
  • It’s time to submit hours for North Star Lawyers program: North Star Lawyers
  • MSBA seeks candidates to complete term on Legal Services Advisory Committee: MSBA
  • Making the Judge Happy: Tips for Presenting a More Effective Case at Trial: MSBA Sections
  • Presentation by the Hon. Richard Thrasher, Chief ALJ of MPLS ODAR: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: Join the Introduction to Criminal Justice delegation to London; and Feeling social? Join the conversation with MSBA social networks

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Legal Blogs

  • Santa Claus: The Trademark: Trademarkology
  • The most wonderful time of the year? Managing holiday displays on campus : Higher Education Legal Insights
  • A Trademark Year in Wine and Beer: Our 2014 Holiday Buyer’s Guide to Disputed Beverages: Trademark & Copyright Blog
  • The Annual Cocktail Party Talking Points: Lenders 360
  • Congress Passes Four Cybersecurity Bills: Inside Privacy
  • Plus: The Over/Under On The Number Of Law Schools Closing By 2020; and From Sedona to Georgetown to New York—What's Fashionable in eDiscovery This Year?

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The Profession

  • A flurry of disability lawsuits leaves Minnesota proprietors baffled: Star Tribune
  • Cohorts for Solos, Small Firm Lawyers: MSBA
  • Legal Blog Must Face $50M Defamation Claim: Courthouse News Services
  • NLRB says employees may use company email to organize: Minnesota Lawyer
  • Facebook Message Violated Ethics Rules; Suspension Ordered: Legal Profession Blog
  • Plus: Dumpster Diving Into the ABA's 509 Information Reports

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National Legal News

  • Happy birthday, Bill of Rights!: National Constitution Center
  • Families Of Newtown Victims Sue Rifle Manufacturer: NPR
  • US asks French auctioneer to halt sale of Native American items: France 24
  • Jesse Ventura sues 'American Sniper' publisher HarperCollins: Los Angeles Times
  • Supreme Court of Canada: Cops can search your phone upon arrest: Ars Technica
  • Plus: Top court rejects Arizona appeal over abortion drug law; and Justices Find No Rights Violation in Officer's Misreading of Law

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