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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Release the hounds! You'll find three pooch stories in LND this week. A NYC cab driver was fired for refusing to pick up a blind customer with a service dog; a Seattle woman may lose her house over her barking dog; and in one county in Virginia you can still hunt deer with dogs. Also, congrats to Miss P, the beagle who won Best in Show at Westminster last week. I love when the underdog (pun intended) wins.

Minnesota Legal News

  • Closure of courtroom during Byron Smith's trial questioned: Star Tribune
  • Archdiocese might sell chancery to fund creditors, official says: Pioneer Press
  • City Council OKs Lakewalk study, hears big plans for western Duluth: Duluth News Tribune
  • Truck driver cited for delivering metal with zebra mussels: Post Bulletin
  • Archdiocese bankruptcy will include search for assets: Minnesota Public Radio
  • Plus: Texas lab will do DNA test in Minneapolis serial murder case, judge rules; and Orono couple faces jail time over wind turbine

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Bar and Association News

  • There's still time to submit nomination for Public Service Award: MSBA
  • Deadline approaching to submit hours for North Star Lawyers program: North Star Lawyers
  • MSBA at the Capitol: Weekly update: MSBA
  • Helping Your Client Legally Change Gender: MSBA Sections
  • Ethics in Social Security Benefit Claims: MSBA Sections
  • Bankruptcy Mediation In Adversary and Non-Adversary Proceedings: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: Celebration of Female Judges and Lawyers of Color; and A Journey of Hope for more than 18,000 Jews to China

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Legal Blogs

  • New donation rules help some 2014 candidates: Capitol View
  • Review of consular visa decisions for the twenty-first century: SCOTUS Blog
  • Cabbie's Fear of Dogs Doesn't Trump Requirement to Allow Service Dogs: CT Employment Law Blog
  • Five Thoughts on the Future for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers: Attorney at Work
  • Employers Get Ready – The Biggest Change to FLSA Overtime Rules in Over a Decade Is About To Occur: Minnesota Employer
  • Plus: The Diaper Wars; and Barking Dog Lawsuit+Judgment $500k Lien on House

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The Profession

  • Supreme Court Approves Amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct: MN Courts
  • Lawyer Beth Wiberg Barbosa thrives in a small firm setting: Bench & Bar
  • Lawsuits' Lurid Details Draw an Online Crowd: New York Times
  • Minnesota's female lawyers, judges celebrate milestones: Star Tribune
  • See what 2,400 of your fellow members use to help them practice: MSBA
  • Plus: Why William Mitchell and Hamline Law had to merge; and Law partner creates SheStarts, a group to help female entrepreneurs

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National Legal News

  • A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape: New York Times
  • A Whistleblower's Horror Story: Rolling Stone
  • Why Finding A Jury For Death Penalty Cases Is Complicated: National Public Radio
  • Openly gay man facing possible jail time refuses jury duty: FCN
  • Judge Orders Detroit Man to Pay $30,000 in Back Child Support for Child Who Isn't His: The Root
  • Plus: Accomack: Deer dog hunting complaint dismissed; and Prisoners Sentenced to Life as Kids Just Lost Their Best Chance for Freedom

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