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The State of the Judiciary:
Building a 21st Century Judiciary
The Minnesota judiciary today finds itself in circumstances unlike those even a few years ago and courts are striving to do their work more effectively and efficiently despite limited resources and increased demand for services. Working in partnership with the bar and other entities, the Judicial Branch is rising to meet a variety of challenges, including to preserve an accessible, fair and impartial judiciary.
By Chief Justice Eric Magnuson
2009 Legislative Session in Review
Budget wrangles—including significant cuts to funding for the courts, public defenders, and legal assistance to the disadvantaged—dominated the recent session as legislators and the governor struggled to address a record deficit. MSBA worked actively to support funding for the legal system, to oppose a sales tax on legal services, and to support the Quie Commission recommendations regarding judicial selection while seeking support for MSBA sections’ legislative agenda and monitoring bills of particular interest to lawyers.
By Lloyd Grooms
Counseling Clients in Financial Distress
Individuals suffering personal financial failure or the failure of their business often need more than legal advice from their lawyer. Counsel who can identify and address the psychological, ethical, and spiritual aspects of the situation will not only facilitate the restructuring of the client’s financial affairs and have a positive effect on the individual’s personal well-being, but may recycle the occasional soul.
By Steven H. Silton