Vol. 65, No. 6 July 2008

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Mike Ford: The Profession, the Practice, and the Business of Law
Mike Ford shareholder and partner with the St. Cloud firm of Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A., is the new president of the Minnesota State Bar Association. In a wide-ranging conversation last month with Bench & Bar, Ford discussed issues as diverse as civic education, judicial elections, and the business of law. He also delved into early influences in his life and described how these shaped his decision to become a lawyer.
By Amy Lindgren

No Lights, No Camera, No Action
Should Minnesota lawyers object to electronic media coverage in the state trial courts? The Supreme Court this month held a hearing on whether to modify current rules that constrain camera coverage of trial court proceedings unless all parties consent. Neither proponents nor opponents seem able to prove the benefits or the harms they argue would follow if the rules were changed to give media greater access.
By Raleigh Hannah Levine

2008 Legislative Session in Review
Judicial selection, resolving the budget deficit, providing for victims of the I-35W bridge collapse, and requiring insurers to handle claims in “good faith” were among the key issues before the legislature this session, but lawmakers enacted multiple other initiatives of interest to lawyers in multiple areas of law.
By Lloyd Grooms



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