Bench & Bar of Minnesota

Bench + Bar of Minnesota


The official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association

Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 2nd Judicial District
Jun 14, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced three vacancies in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Luis Rangel Morales to fill 1st Judicial District vacancy
May 28, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Luis Rangel Morales as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Erin Lindhart Felten and Dwight Luhmann to fill 3rd Judicial District vacancies
May 23, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Erin Lindhart Felten and Dwight Luhmann as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Understanding Minnesota's Big Law M&A wave
Brett Larson, Theresa Bea, & Dillon White
May 20, 2024
The data gathered in the five years since the Big Law wave has afforded us a glimpse into the realities of the Minnesota legal market as a whole, and the lessons learned from its analysis can chart a course forward for firms of all sizes, but especially for midsized to large firms that may be operating too similarly to their Big Law counterparts.
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What you need to know about the FTC rule banning employee noncompetes
George H. Singer
May 20, 2024
The FTC announced that the new rule will provide millions of American workers with more freedom to pursue other job opportunities, seek higher pay, and increase entrepreneurship in the United States
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Minnesota’s #MeToo tax is finally gone
Abou B. Amara, Jr. and Karla M. Gluek
May 20, 2024
Imagine being sexually harassed at work, standing up for yourself and reaching a financial settlement with your employer—and then the government steps in and taxes you on that settlement. Seems unfair, right? Well, for decades, this was the reality for countless sexual harassment victims. Under Minnesota state law, at least, that is no longer the case.
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The art of the answer: How to respond effectively to questions at oral argument
Steven E. Vogel and Kyle R. Kroll
May 20, 2024
When The Killers wrote the lyrics to “Are We Human, or Are We Dancer?” they sought to describe the internal dilemma of every oral advocate—balancing imperfect, impromptu responses with the effortless grace required of a professional dancer.
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Exploring the NA life: A journal of drinking and not drinking
CARRIE OSOWSKI
May 20, 2024
When I drink these days, I drink to enjoy the taste of my chosen beverage, not because I want to numb myself to the stress of my job. And when I don’t want to drink alcohol, I don’t hesitate to order a nonalcoholic beverage.
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So you want to be an appellate attorney?
Jeffrey Wald
May 20, 2024
Sure, you could clerk for a United States Supreme Court justice, or get a job at the Solicitor General’s Office, but follow me for a moment, if you will, and I’ll share with you three unconventional, but foolproof, tips on how to become a knockdown appellate advocate.
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Be of good courage
Paul M. Floyd
May 20, 2024
Go forth into the world in peace. Be of good courage, Hold fast to that which is good, Render to no person evil for evil, Strengthen the faint hearted, Support the weak, Heal the afflicted, Steward the earth, Honor all people …
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On communication: what not to do
SUSAN M. HUMISTON
May 20, 2024
One of first things to surprise me in this position was the prevalent lack of professionalism I saw in communications between counsel or between counsel and unrepresented parties in the materials submitted with complaints.
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2023: A record-breaking year for cybercrime
Mark Lanterman
May 20, 2024
The 2023 Internet Crime Report makes clear that cybercriminals are successfully adjusting their strategies to target victims more efficiently and make individual crimes more lucrative.
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Minnesota Supreme Court adopts family and personal leave proposal
May 20, 2024
On April 30, the Court issued an order adopting the personal leave provisions requested by the MSBA, albeit on a two-year pilot project basis, beginning September 1, 2024.
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MSBA Assembly adopts new policy positions
May 20, 2024
At its April meeting, the MSBA Assembly—the state bar’s policy-making group—voted on several important issues affecting lawyers in Minnesota.
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Free legal resources: Pass them on!
May 20, 2024
Do you ever come across people in your practice or community who need free legal help? If so, the legal aid community wants to share two resources to help you connect people with free legal help.
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Pro bono spotlight: Trevor Parkes
May 20, 2024
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Notes & Trends – May/June 2024
May 20, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 7th Judicial District
May 15, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Veena Iyer and Jennifer Verdeja to fill 2nd Judicial District vacancies
May 13, 2024
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointments of Veena Iyer and Jennifer Verdeja as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
May 09, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Karl Schmidt to fill 7th Judicial District vacancy
May 03, 2024
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Karl Schmidt as district court judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 3rd Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
May 02, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending five candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Elizabeth Bentley to the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Apr 30, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Elizabeth Bentley to an at-large seat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 2nd Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Apr 24, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending five candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Theodora Gaïtas and Sarah Hennesy to the Minnesota Supreme Court
Apr 23, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointments of Theodora Gaïtas and Sarah Hennesy as associate justices on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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Gov. Walz appoints Matti Adam and Seamus Duffy to fill 9th Judicial District vacancies
Apr 09, 2024
Governor Tim Walz announced the appointments of Matti Adam and Seamus Duffy as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 7th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Apr 08, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Jane Maschka to fill 4th Judicial District vacancy
Apr 02, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Jane Maschka as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Governor’s merit selection panel recommends Supreme Court candidates
Apr 01, 2024
The governor's merit selection panel announced that it is recommending six candidates for consideration to fill the upcoming vacancies on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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AI, UPL, and the justice gap
DAMIEN RIEHL
Apr 01, 2024
The legal profession stands at a crossroads. Embracing generative AI tools such as LLMs can significantly improve legal practice and access to justice. If we’re able to assess potential concerns about free speech and guild protectionism, we might move forward with using tools to benefit the public.
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The Eighth Circuit needs more women on the bench: An advocate’s experience
Stephanie Angolkar
Apr 01, 2024
One October morning in 2021, I prepared to return to in-person oral arguments before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul, Minnesota. After checking in for my argument, I entered the courtroom and quickly saw that I was the only woman in the room.
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Common but not forgotten
IAN LEWENSTEIN
Apr 01, 2024
When it comes to basic comma mistakes, two are predominantly recurring: (1) missing commas between independent clauses and (2) commas used unnecessarily in compound predicates.
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Cultivating emotional intelligence in the legal profession
Kendra Brodin
Apr 01, 2024
Emotional intelligence and emotional regulation are vital skills for lawyers, enabling them to navigate the complexities of their profession with resilience and effectiveness.
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What, me retire? Never!
Paul M. Floyd
Apr 01, 2024
Following both of my law partners’ recent retirements, questions about my own retirement plans have naturally surfaced, making the topic not only timely but deeply relevant to my personal and professional life.
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Lessons from private discipline in 2023
Susan Humiston
Apr 01, 2024
Private discipline is nonpublic discipline issued for violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct that are isolated and nonserious. Several lessons can be learned from reviewing the mistakes and situations that led to private discipline last year.
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Network down: Cybercrime or human error?
Mark Lanterman
Apr 01, 2024
This past month, people across the country were impacted by a severe AT&T network disruption. Though the company encouraged people to make calls using Wi-Fi, the outage still affected many customers’ ability to access the internet or even contact emergency services.
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Bar exam update: New court committee formed
Apr 01, 2024
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Congratulations to Watertown-Mayer High!
Apr 01, 2024
Last month 16 teams from around the state met and competed in the MSBA High School Mock Trial Program’s 39th state tournament at the U.S. District Courthouse in St. Paul.
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Greater Minnesota Practice Section to receive free dues for 2024-25 bar year and beyond
Apr 01, 2024
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Notes & Trends – April 2024
Apr 01, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the Second Judicial District
Mar 28, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the First Judicial District
Mar 28, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Ninth Judicial District Candidates to Governor Walz
Mar 28, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancies in the Third Judicial District
Mar 28, 2024
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Gov. Walz appoints Viet-Hanh Winchell to fill 10th Judicial District vacancy
Mar 12, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Viet-Hanh Winchell as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Mar 11, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announcedthat it is recommending four candidates for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District
Mar 04, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.
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In the Matter of Equity v. Finality
m boulette, Seungwon Chung, and Abby Sunberg
Feb 29, 2024
Two recent Supreme Court cases shift the emphasis in Minnesota divorce law. As divorce lawyers, we can’t make many promises. Family court outcomes are notoriously uncertain and the classic lawyerly “it depends” is often the only answer. But there was at least one promise we could always make: By the time this is over, you’ll be divorced. Once and for all. But after recent cases from the Minnesota Supreme Court, even that answer may now depend.
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Retaining and using expert witnesses: A short primer
R. Don Keysser
Feb 29, 2024
Your experts should be an integral part of your legal team, capable of adding considerable value to the ultimate resolution of your client’s case, if you manage them well.
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10 tips for working effectively with your in-house counterparts
MIKE MATHER
Feb 29, 2024
Despite the importance of this relationship, little time is spent identifying exactly how outside counsel can maximize their value to their in-house counterparts and the client they jointly represent. To address this gap, here are ten tips on how firms can more effectively partner with their in-house colleagues.
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The cannabis-custody conundrum
Christopher Vatsaas and Melanie Nelson
Feb 29, 2024
Marijuana use is not a foreign issue to family courts. In Minnesota, however, the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2023 added a new layer to this legal onion. As of August 1, 2023, adults in Minnesota over the age of 21 can possess, use, and grow restricted amounts of marijuana
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Sorry/not sorry for interrupting you
Paul M. Floyd
Feb 29, 2024
Much has been written and said about the lack of civility in the practice of law. But sometimes what appears to be a lack of civility is really a clash of conversational styles. Recognizing the difference can avoid unnecessary conflict and cultivate an appreciation for the upbringing and cultural background of the other person.
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A year of public discipline
Susan Humiston
Feb 29, 2024
Each year a summary of the prior year’s public discipline appears in this column. The purpose of this summary is largely a cautionary tale for lawyers—one of the reasons for public discipline, after all, is to deter misconduct by other lawyers.
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Minnesota data breaches and the ongoing threat of ransomware
Mark Lanterman
Feb 29, 2024
Ransomware continues to have a far-reaching impact. In December, possible victims from 17 Minnesota counties were contacted to alert them to the fact that their personal information may have been compromised in October 2023
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What I learned grieving the loss of my dad
Chase L. Andersen
Feb 29, 2024
I am not an expert in grief and loss, but I can surely relate to others who have lost a loved one. I suspect that my experience is similar to how a lot of other lawyers face grief and loss: Bottle it up and put it on the shelf for later.
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Colleague Corner: If you had to delete all but three apps from your phone, which ones would you keep?
Feb 29, 2024
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Congratulations to three new certified specialists
Feb 29, 2024
These attorneys have demonstrated extensive knowledge and proficiency in their specialty areas.
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We’d love your help: MSBA probate forms
Feb 29, 2024
The MSBA is seeking volunteers willing to collaborate on this project by reviewing existing documents, providing insights on necessary updates or changes, and suggesting additional documents to be added.
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Nominate an Outstanding New Lawyer
Feb 29, 2024
This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight a new attorney in your network who has shown outstanding dedication to MSBA or a local bar affiliate.
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Notes & Trends – March 2024
Feb 29, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection extends application period for vacancies in the 9th Judicial District
Feb 23, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the extension of the application period for the upcoming vacancies in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 7th Judicial District
Feb 23, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 10th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Feb 16, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 9th Judicial District
Feb 01, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints JaPaul Harris to Minnesota Court of Appeals
Jan 31, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Judge JaPaul Harris to an at-large seat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Governor Walz opens selection process for Minnesota Supreme Court vacancies
Jan 29, 2024
Governor Tim Walz today announced the opening of a selection process for two vacancies on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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How judges read statutes: And how to write them so they won’t be misinterpreted
Justice Paul Thissen
Jan 26, 2024
In this article, I hope to provide practical tips for people involved in the process of drafting statutes so they can maximize the odds that judges will interpret and apply statutes as their drafters intended.
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What happens when AI finally does learn to write legal briefs? A future imagined.
VADIM TRIFEL
Jan 26, 2024
A few weeks ago, I received an email about a job offer. It was an invitation to train a legal AI. The email did not go into detail. I assumed I would be involved in some type of machine learning. I would sit behind a computer and correct the program’s mistakes, give it a human touch. And perhaps, unwittingly, I would teach it enough of what I have spent over a decade learning for it to take over my job one day in the not-too-distant future.
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Crime and punishment, revised edition
Elizabeth A. Orrick
Jan 26, 2024
The 2023 legislative session was busy, with a record-breaking number of bills. In the end, 75 new chapters of law were adopted. In the criminal sector, numerous laws were added, existing laws modified, and some laws repealed.
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Nice lawyers finish first
Paul M. Floyd
Jan 26, 2024
In reality, there are numerous advantages to being known as “the nice lawyer.” This approach to practicing law leads to better health and well-being, fosters deeper and more lasting friendships, and ultimately results in greater financial success over the long term.
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Call for nominations: Becker Awards
Jan 26, 2024
Do you know a nonprofit legal services staff member or law student who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work with low-income Minnesotans?
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North Star Lawyers certification is open!
Jan 26, 2024
Each year the MSBA is proud to recognize members who have contributed at least 50 hours of pro bono work in our communities. More than just a recognition, the North Star Lawyers program provides a way for our community to come together, demonstrating the vital importance of showing up for those vulnerable to injustice.
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Consider a firm operations self-assessment
Susan Humiston
Jan 26, 2024
A few states have created practice self-assessments to help lawyers proactively create policies and procedures that enhance their ability to consistently meet their ethical obligations. Colorado has such a self-assessment, which is generously made available to the public.
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A new year’s review: Cyber considerations for 2024
Mark Lanterman
Jan 26, 2024
Heading into 2024, it is wise for organizations to take stock of their security postures and set goals for the coming year. Whether it’s prompted by recently enacted requirements, or the knowledge of an ever-evolving threat landscape, a comprehensive cybersecurity review can help address gaps and inform subsequent assessments.
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ADHD in the legal profession: The quiet struggle
Hannah Scheidecker
Jan 26, 2024
Lawyers report being diagnosed with ADHD at a rate of 12.5 percent, a figure two and a half times greater than the general adult population. High achievers with ADHD are drawn to the legal profession because we thrive under pressure.
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Colleague Corner: What’s the best gift you ever received?
Jan 26, 2024
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Notes & Trends – Jan/Feb 2024
Jan 26, 2024
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District
Jan 18, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz appoints Allison Whalen to fill 8th Judicial District vacancy
Jan 09, 2024
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Allison Whalen as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 10th Judicial District
Jan 05, 2024
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
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Governor’s merit selection panel recommends Court of Appeals candidates
Dec 18, 2023
The governor's merit selection panel announced that it is recommending three candidates from that applicant pool for consideration to fill the current vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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Gov. Walz appoints Krista Marks to fill 1st Judicial District vacancy
Dec 18, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Krista Marks as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 8th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Dec 14, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District.
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Gov. Walz seeks applicants for vacancy on the Commission on Judicial Selection
Dec 07, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a vacancy on the Commission on Judicial Selection.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Dec 05, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
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Brace yourself. Here are seven legal tech trends that are transforming the practice of law.
Todd C. Scott
Nov 30, 2023
So where might we be going from here? And what does 2024 have in store for attorneys trying to stay windward of the tidal change happening with law office workflows? Humbly, we have identified seven legal tech trends that will bring transformational change to lawyers and law firm processes everywhere.
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Put plain language in Minnesota’s court rules
Ian Lewenstein
Nov 30, 2023
Even the sclerotic federal government has slowly shuffled ahead of Minnesota in its dedication to washing court rules of legalese. I think that it’s time for Minnesota to follow suit.
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Deuce-Ace's Law Dictionary
The Rev. Dr. Felix Rabbits Van Deuce-Ace, Esq., L.L.M., M.A., M.B.A., M.D., Ph.D.
Nov 30, 2023
Scholarly square-toes will find much objectionable about the dictionary, as will the somber office drudge. This because the bloody thing wasn’t written for the serious, but for your average mouth-breather.
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Counselor at law: The privilege and burden of keeping secrets
Paul M. Floyd
Nov 30, 2023
Almost from the moment I passed the bar, family and friends began confiding in me regarding their legal problems.
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Conducting a trust account self-assessment
SUSAN HUMISTON
Nov 30, 2023
Whether you handle your own trust account or supervise others who do all the heavy lifting, ensuring that this important task is completed consistently and correctly is always worth your time.
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Biden issues ambitious executive order on AI
Mark Lanterman
Nov 30, 2023
Coming near the end of what was dubbed by many “the year of AI,” the order acknowledges both the risks and manifold benefits of AI technology, as well as the need for governance oversight to manage it as responsibly as possible.
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Notes & Trends – December 2023
Nov 30, 2023
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UM law students meet the market
Nov 30, 2023
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Minnesota’s newest attorneys sworn in
Nov 30, 2023
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Governor Walz appoints Dean Eyler, Kristen Marttila, and Dominick Mathews to fill 4th Judicial District vacancies
Nov 28, 2023
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Dean Eyler, Kristen Marttila, and Dominick Mathews as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 4th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz
Nov 17, 2023
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that it is recommending six candidates for consideration to fill three vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
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Notes & Trends – November 2023
Nov 01, 2023
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Better together: Toward a mutual-care approach to practicing law
Natalie Netzel
Nov 01, 2023
Natalie Netzel explores how mental health issues are exacerbated, even created, by the norms of our profession starting in law school, and then explores how individual lawyers can work together to promote mutual care as a new norm to counteract our damaging status quo.
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Trust us Antitrust is back: And it’s coming for Big Tech
Dan Gustafson and Abou Amara
Nov 01, 2023
More than a century ago, the critical industries of the day in the United States—railroads, electricity, oil, and gas—rested in the hands of a few powerful corporations.
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Secret recordings, privacy, and the pursuit of truth
By James Todd
Nov 01, 2023
The question for family-law practitioners is how to advise clients when it comes to secret recordings—whether to gather them and, when presented with secret recordings, whether to use those recordings as evidence in a family court proceeding.
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Going to Trial: Three Tips for Junior Lawyers
Cianna Guerra Halloran
Nov 01, 2023
This may be a rare experience overall, but as a new civil litigator I can attest that one should be prepared for the potential of a trial anyway. The problem is, how can you be prepared for trial when you are entirely new to the practice of law?
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Winter’s coming. Tell us about your dream vacation getaway.
Nov 01, 2023
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I hated being a lawyer!
Paul M. Floyd
Nov 01, 2023
In talking over the years with mentors, peers, and younger colleagues, I have heard this refrain numerous times from lawyers who are stressed, frustrated, and on the verge of throwing in the towel.
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ATJ committee’s report examines debt litigation in MN
Nov 01, 2023
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Connecting Greater Minnesota lawyers with job seekers
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Drawing the line on ethical witness preparation
SUSAN M. HUMISTON
Nov 01, 2023
Effectively preparing witnesses to provide testimony is an essential litigation skill. To do so competently and ethically requires a lot of work and forethought, because you must not only understand where the ethical lines lie but also keep in mind how the nonlawyer witness is hearing what you are saying.
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Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it can affect your practice
Sheina Long
Nov 01, 2023
Have you ever suffered from the seasonal blues? You likely were dealing with seasonal affective disorder.
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The CSRB weighs the lessons of Lapsus$
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