Welcome to one of the Internet's most practical uses. E-mail discussion groups let you share questions and ideas with colleagues even when you can't get together in person. They can help you get to know and stay in touch with lawyers whom you otherwise might never meet, or see only once a year.
Several lists are available, each dedicated to a different type of law or practice. Most of these lists have been created by individual MSBA Sections, or in some cases by district bar associations, and only members of the relevant Section or district association can join (or remain on the list). The list for members practicing in a smaller law firm or solo, named "solosmall," is not limited to members of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section. It is open to any MSBA member with an interest in practicing in that setting, even if he or she is currently in a larger firm.
The following table lists the names of most currently available
discussion lists, and who is eligible for each one.
acw-law : for members of the Aitkins & Crow Wing Counties barassociations
adr-talk : for members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
agtalk : for members of the Agricultural and Rural Law Section
animaltalk: this is for animal law section members
appellatetalk : for members of the Appellate Law Section
bankruptcy-talk : for members of the Bankruptcy Law Section
businesslaw : for members of the Business Law Section
child law : for members of the Children and the Law Section
constructiontalk : for members of the Construction Law Section
conslit : for members of the Consumer Litigation Section
crim-edvol: for attorneys volunteering to show the Criminal Law meth video in local high schools
crimlaw : for members of the Criminal Law Section
enre-talk : for members of the MSBA's Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Section
estate : for members of either the Probate and Trust Law Section or the Elder Law Section
familylaw : for members of the Family Law Section
healthlawtalk : for members of the Health Law Section
immiglaw: for members of the Immigration Law Section
litigation : for members of the Civil Litigation Section
mcs : for members of the Marketing and Client Service Section
memberdiscounts : not actually a discussion list, but a list to learn about member benefits
msba-lnd : not a discussion list, but a way to receive news relevant to law practice
newlawyers : for members of the New Lawyers Section
outstate-talk: for members of the Outstate Practice Section
publiclaw : for members of the Public Law Section
rp-specialists : for Certified Real Property Law Specialists
solosmall : for any MSBA member interested in small firm or solo practice
ssdlaw : for members of the Social Security Disability Law Section
taxtalk : for members of the Tax Law Section
For specific questions or suggestions about MSBA mailing lists -- existing or new -- contact Mike Trittipo, MSBA technology director, at his address composed of mtrittip as the mailbox followed by the "at" sign and statebar.gen.mn.us as the domain; or (612) 333-1183 or (800) 882-6722.
P.S. Why do we make sending email so difficult? Even with excellent spam filters such as those from Postini or Red Condor, it only takes a few thousand spam attempts a day to create too many spams getting through. Common English descriptions such as username at some_domain or username (at) some_domain are easily recognized and turned into spammable addresses. There are alternatives: putting this page in a members-only walled-off area, for example, so you couldn't read this without first having signed in. Web forms don't work either, if not behind passworded areas (witness all the spam comments generated by web forms elsewhere), and CAPTCHAs are far from perfect security. But lawyers are smart and can put two and two together, so this gives you the convenience of unpassworded access to the addresses to use.
- Last Updated 10/03/07 -
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