Minnesota

443 ABA Journal Minnesota articles.

Minnesota will launch legal paraprofessional pilot program
Minnesota is joining the gradually growing roster of states allowing nonlawyers to handle some legal tasks in hopes of providing greater access to justice.
Afternoon Briefs: Godmother feels betrayed after law firm money theft; state AG staffer probed over BLM buttons fuss

Bookkeeper accused of embezzling $740K from godmother’s law firm

A former bookkeeper and office manager accused of embezzling $740,000 from a Rhode Island law firm has agreed to plead guilty…

Which appeals court is most likely to grant qualified immunity to police?
An analysis of qualified immunity cases in federal appeals courts shows significant disparities in grants of qualified immunity to police officers in excessive force cases.
‘Need to go back to law school’ comment isn’t defamatory, appeals court rules
A Minneapolis lawyer can’t sue for defamation over a negative online review that said, “Need to go back to law school,” the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled.
High-profile killings of unarmed Black people spark calls for reform

The seeds that inflamed America’s intense national debate over race and criminal justice were planted months before George Floyd was killed by police on a Minneapolis street in late May. The buildup to the country’s summer of civil unrest began in a quiet subdivision just outside of Brunswick, Georgia, where an unarmed Black man out jogging was shot and killed on Feb. 23 by two armed white men.

Afternoon Briefs: Stealth layoffs are a bad idea, expert says; ACLU seeks sanction against feds

Stealth layoffs could affect law firm ‘vitality,’ expert says

Attributing layoffs to performance rather than economic issues—so-called stealth layoffs—could harm associate relationships with law firm partners and leaders, according to…

2020 Harvard Law grad postpones bar exam and her wedding plans because of COVID-19
This past spring, when few people realized that most July bar exams would ultimately be canceled, Molly Coleman decided to forgo the test, for the time being, despite her lawyer father’s objections.
Judges should know risks before attending public protests, ethics committee says
A California Supreme Court advisory committee has warned the state’s judges about the ethical risks of attending public protests.
Lethal force laws reexamined after police killings; is reasonableness standard too easy?
Lawmakers in several states are considering revisions to police lethal force laws following the deaths of George Floyd and others during encounters with officers.
Journalist blinded in Minneapolis protests sues law enforcement citing First Amendment violation
A freelance journalist who was blinded in one eye while covering recent protests in Minneapolis is suing the city and state and local law enforcement for using excessive force and violating her First Amendment rights.
Amid cries of ‘defund the police,’ Minneapolis city council majority pledges dismantling

As protesters across the nation have chanted “defund the police,” the Minneapolis city council plans to take action. A veto-proof council majority said it would be dismantling the police department and redefine the city’s system of public safety.

Afternoon Briefs: New charges filed in George Floyd case; state chief justice decries court system bias

Officer faces increased charge in George Floyd case; others also charged

Prosecutors have added an upgraded charge against the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd by pressing…

Minnesota launches civil rights probe of state police department in hopes of bringing change
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights hopes to change policing practices of the Minneapolis Police Department through a civil rights investigation and consent decree.
Cops charge people for coughing on grocery store shelves, police officers during pandemic
People accused of intentionally coughing on grocery store shelves and police officers are facing criminal charges, as is one man accused of licking grocery containers.
Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS splits over immigrant’s fight against ID theft conviction; first black justice on top Illinois court dies

SCOTUS splits over undocumented immigrant’s fight against state identify theft conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday against Ramiro Garcia, an unauthorized immigrant in Kansas who was convicted…

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