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  • A lawyer may not, “knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal.” Rule 3.4(c), Minn. R. Prof. Conduct (MRPC).  When does a lawyer deserve discipline for violating a procedural rule, such as a filing deadline?  The answer is important, ...

  • 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 ...

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