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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Studies say that people who volunteer are generally happier overall. With Pro Bono Week coming Oct. 19-25, it's a great time to think about how your legal skills can help someone in need. Thinking about the pro bono cases I have taken over the years, I can't say they were always easy. In fact, the issues and the importance of them to my clients were extremely serious. But, I usually felt an overall sense of satisfaction that I was doing something good and important with my legal training. Hopefully, you will check out the various events (found in this issue of LND) during Pro Bono Week and think about how you can "do well by doing good". — Steve Marchese, MSBA Pro Bono Development Director

Minnesota Legal News

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  • Judge Recuses Himself In NFL Collusion Case: CBS Minnesota
  • Minnesota DNR rules against researcher who put radio collars on bears in northern Minnesota: Star Tribune
  • Minnesota business owner stole more than $1 million in real estate investments: USDOJ
  • Former Cook County Attorney Scannell sentenced to jail, probation: Duluth News Tribune
  • Board Members Legally Responsible For Non-Profits, Professor Says: WCCO
  • Plus: Traffic stop ends in kidnapping charge; and State terminates contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis

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Bar and Association News

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  • Celebrate Pro Bono Week 2014: Register now for MSBA Pro Bono CLE: MSBA Pro Bono
  • 2014 Pro Bono Week: ProJusticeMN.org
  • Statutes and Rules on the go for your iPad or Tablet: MSBA
  • The United States Supreme Court Preview: 2014-15: MSBA Sections
  • Universal Service in the Broadband Age: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: 3rd Annual MSBA Labor & Employment Section Social; and How Oregon Addressed the Parenting Time Expense Adjustment for Child Support

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Legal Blogs

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The Profession

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  • Top Ten Reasons To Take Pro Bono Cases: Missouri Bar
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Awards Inaugural Fellowships: MLBA
  • Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancy in the Fourth Judicial District: Office of the Minnesota Governor
  • Supreme Court Announces Two Openings On The Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board: MN Courts
  • Mounting Debt Makes Law School a Gamble But Students Continue to Enroll: New York Observer
  • Plus: Former Lawyers That Followed Their Passions; and Attorney General Eric Holder resigns but 'will never leave the work'

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National Legal News

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  • Death-Row Dining: The New Yorker
  • FBI blasts Apple, Google for locking police out of phones: Washington Post
  • The Uncatchable: BBC News
  • Coalition of Religious Groups, Defying Law, Will Shelter Undocumented Immigrants: Slate
  • U.S. Bank ordered to refund $48 million to consumers: Consumer Affairs
  • Plus: Islamic State killed human rights lawyer in Iraq, U.N. says; and
    Lawsuit makes for awkward start to Modi's big U.S. visit

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