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Ms. Jones goes to Washington

Intrepid Minnesota Lawyer Associate Editor Barbara Jones is currently in Washington, D.C., with a number of bigwigs from the Minnesota State Bar Association to attend an American Bar Association’s annual legislative lobbying event — ABA day. Oddly enough, the event takes two days — or at least that was what Barb told us when we agreed to send her there.

Among the MSBA delegation are executive director Tim Groshens, ex-MSBA President Susan Holden, Hennepin County District Court Judge Cara Lee Neville, ex-MSBA President David Stowman, current MSBA president Patrick Kelly and David Brink, who is a former president not only of the MSBA, but also the ABA.

So what’s on the ABA’s agenda? Legal Services funding, student debt and judicial salaries, Barb reports from the nation’s capital. Barb and the MSBA delegation have met with a number of federal lawmakers over the last two days, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Norm Coleman.
Kelly checked in last night on Barb’s behalf to tell us that the delegation was working into “the wee hours.” However, in the background of the voicemail message we heard the distinct sound of laughter and glasses clinking.

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