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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Do you know who rules King's Landing or Casterly Rock? Do you know the difference between a 'wight' and a 'white walker'? If you do then you were likely one of eight million who tuned in Sunday night to watch the beginning of Season 5 of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones. While I still try to sort out who did what in last year's "Purple Wedding" episode, I've included a few Game of Thrones law-related stories in this week's edition of LND for your reading enjoyment. And let's hope winter is not coming anytime soon [wink wink].

Minnesota Legal News

  • eFiling May Be Disrupted Friday, April 17: MN Courts
  • Norway ordered to pay $2.1 million in legal fees: Star Tribune
  • DNR threatens suit over Detroit Lakes motel, condo plan: Minnesota Public Radio
  • Bankruptcy court gives Twin Cities Archdiocese until November to submit plan: Star Tribune
  • Judge tacks on 4 months to Minnesota man's prison sentence: KTTC
  • Plus: NFL appeals decision vacating Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension; and Administrative judge backs Sandpiper pipeline

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Bar and Association News

  • Tickets available for US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner event: MSBA
  • Fifty Years of Voting Rights-What Difference? MN Black Women Lawyers Network
  • Public invited to celebrate Law Day at Duluth Open Courthouse event: Hometown Focus
  • Brain Software, Genomics and Personalized Medicine: Legal and Biotechnology Challenges: Union Internationale des Avocats
  • Anatomy of a First Client Conference: MSBA Section
  • Perspectives on Utility Regulation by New MPUC Commissioner John Tuma: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: Criminal Issues for Civil, Business, and Family Attorneys; 2015 Minnesota Tax Court Update; and St. Paul Saints Stadium Tour

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Legal Blogs

  • Grow your business, find more clients: practiceblawg
  • Calling all Minnesota law blogs: MSBA
  • How Not to Write an Appellate Brief, by George R. R. Martin: De Novo
  • Saving the Law School, Hurting the Town: Inside Higher Ed
  • Outside Firms are More and More Becoming an Extension of In-House Law Departments: Zen & The Art of Legal Networking
  • Plus: Blogger Immune From Suit for Anonymous Comments; and Phi Kappa Psi's Doubtful Defamation Claim Against Rolling Stone

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The Profession

  • Nominations sought for 2015 Professional Excellence and Lifetime Achievement awards: MSBA
  • Why does Alan Page have to leave the Supreme Court? Minnesota Public Radio
  • Game of Thrones on Business, and other career lessons from literature: The Guardian
  • To discourage partner exits, law firms enforce contract terms: ABA Journal
  • Alan Page leaving Supreme Court to focus on youth: Pioneer Press
  • Wisconsin Chief Justice Files a Lawsuit to Avoid Demotion: New York Times
  • Plus: Michael Slager's Attorney Dropped Him After Video Emerged; and Former Gov. Gregoire to mentor minority law students in new UW program

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National Legal News

  • Colorado Deals Inmates A New Deck Of Cards: National Public Radio
  • Women other than Hillary Clinton who've run for President: National Constitution Center
  • Defense lawyer rips Petraeus plea deal for 'double standard' in leak cases: Yahoo News
  • Unfreed: The man who was accidentally released from prison 88 years early: Marshall Project
  • 'Game of Thrones' hit by piracy from Twitter-owned app users: KBMT
  • Plus: Kansas Limits Abortion Method, Opening a New Line of Attack; and Jodi Arias saga comes to a close with life prison sentence

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