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  • Seventh Edition of Legal Ethics Treatise now available

    The 2017 update to the Minnesota Legal Ethics treatise by Bill Wernz is now available.
  • Dealing with and Defending Ethics Complaints

    New eBook by Bill Wernz released.

    Dealing with and Defending Ethics Complaints is a guide written by well-known ethics attorney William J. Wernz as a companion to his MN Legal Ethics treatise (7th Ed coming June 2017)..

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  • This blog is a slightly expanded version of an article first published in Minnesota Lawyer, November 17, 2017.  The expansion is based in part on documents filed in the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1989, relating to the petition to adopt Rule 8.4(g), ...

  • A criminal defense attorney, William Bulmer, was recently suspended for three years — twice the discipline recommended in the stipulation that he and the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court. In re Bulmer ...

  • Mr. Nelson was the first lawyer against whom I brought unprofessional conduct charges, in 1982, when I was with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR).  As the hearing before a Lawyers Board Panel was about to start, Nelson asked, “Bill, ...

  • The seventh edition of Minnesota Legal Ethics will be posted next month.  This month’s blog reproduces a new section in the treatise chapter titled, “What Minnesota Legal Ethics is All About.”  While most of the treatise is intended to be used, for ...

  • This blog supplements my April 10, 2017 Minnesota Lawyer article, Board Forbids Lawyer Self-Defense in Public Forum .  The blog also incorporates the substance of my October 13, 2106 Minnesota Lawyer article, Lawyers Board Opinion 24:  Some Questions ...

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