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Nov 30, 2023

Perspectives: Asylum appeals yield 3 denials for immigrants

A trio of cases decided in a one-week span last month by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reflects the difficulties immigrants face when seeking asylum in this country.

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Nov 28, 2023

Quandaries & Quagmires: Risky business and tips for managing the risk

This month’s column will focus on the factors that contribute to malpractice risk and the risk of receiving an ethics complaint.

President John F. Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963
Nov 22, 2023

Perspectives: JFK assassination: 60 years of litigation here

JFK’s assassination, like the events of Jan. 6 and 9/11, had a huge impact on this country and the world and generated a number of federal and state court cases in Minnesota and within the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, along with other Minnesota connections. Here’s a look at a few of them.

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Nov 16, 2023

Perspectives: Lincoln’s memorable address recalls impact here

The 160th anniversary of his inimitable Gettysburg Address provides an opportune occasion to review both his role in Minnesota and its impact on him.

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Nov 14, 2023

The Unfrazzled Lawyer: Five benefits of becoming an unfrazzled lawyer

When you’re clear on your priorities, it’s easier to navigate your current role while intentionally directing your career in a way fitting your life and priorities.

Wernher von Braun, holding a model rocket, is shown in a Aug. 5, 1955
Nov 9, 2023

Perspectives: ‘Weaponization’ rises from Cold War to court wars

The term “weaponization” has become a well-known phrase. After languishing for years in the bowels of lexigraphy, it has become bandied around in many sectors.

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Nov 6, 2023

Briefly: Don’t ‘go through the motions’ when filing a motion on appeal

Motions can also play an important role on appeal, even if the appellate briefs and oral arguments command the most attention. Here's a brief refresher on the ins-and-outs of appellate motions.

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Nov 1, 2023

Perspectives: Concurrent plea cases don’t please claimants

A couple of concurrent cases decided by the Minnesota Court of Appeals this fall reflect the reality that appeals by criminal defendants to undo their guilty pleas are almost inevitably rejected.

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Oct 26, 2023

Perspectives: New COVID cases: religion and refusals

The recent uptick of COVID was a stark reminder that the affliction still exists. So, too, are COVID-related cases, including ones concerning refusals by employees to follow company vaccination policies.

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Oct 19, 2023

Perspectives: Attorney-fee appeals attract attention

There is nothing that attracts the attention of attorneys more than lawsuits involving attorney fees. Six of them were decided this summer.

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Oct 16, 2023

Quandaries & Quagmires: It’s important to know when not to use email

Email can be a great communication tool, but it can also be dangerous for lawyers to use in several situations.

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Oct 12, 2023

Perspectives: Another anniversary: Free press wins at ‘U’

Another 40th anniversary of a landmark legal case from Minnesota occurred this week: the decision of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the freedom of expression right of the student newspaper at the University of Minnesota.

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