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  • Note:  A version of this blog first appeared in Minnesota Lawyer.  The blog adds to that version identifications of mentors, colleagues and friendly opponents without whom I would have achieved little. You could say my career as an ethics lawyer ...

  • Tweet rants, Facebook controversies, and alleged e-mail crimes dominate the daily news. Electronic social media also create ethics issues for lawyers and judges. Some issues are variations on old themes, but other issues arise from social media’s special ...

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  • This blog expands an article published in Bench & Bar of Minnesota (October 2018), as “Confidentiality Rules in the Age of Social Media – A Historical Perspective.”  This expansion adds discussion of a third value – the public interest in accurate ...

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  • On July 31, 2018, disciplinary charges were filed against a lawyer, Nelson. The charges included that in 2008 [sic!], Nelson sent a written solicitation to a prospective client.  The word “Advertisement” was at the top of the document.  In 2005, Rule ...

  • It’s been a great lunch, with old friends from the bench and bar, and a few toasts are being made. Your cellphone rings. You learn that the Minnesota Supreme Court just issued an opinion reversing lower courts and deciding every issue in your client’s ...

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