Policy Positions

MSBA Positions 2012-2018

The MSBA implements positions it takes in a number of ways:

  1. Filing a petition with the court
  2. Filing comments with the court or court-related entities such as the Board of Law Examiners, the Board of Continuing Legal Education, the Court’s Advisory Committees on rules, etc.
  3. Advocating at the legislature. For a full list of MSBA legislative positions, click here
  4. Filing amicus briefs
  5. Sending a letter with our position to identified entities, issuing a press release, etc.
For more information, please contact Nancy Mischel, Senior Directory of Policy, at 612-278-6331 or nmischel@mnbars.org

Subject Area

Brief Description



Rules of Civil Procedure
Proposed amendments to conform with federal rules on timing and new cy pres provision
Petition to the court
Court adopted majority of MSBA’s recommendations
Rules of Civil Procedure
Pocket filing, MRCP 5.04
Amicus, Gams v. Houghton, File No. A14-1747 and Cole v. Wutzke, File No. A15-0060
General Rules of Practice
Rule 10
Comments supporting petition of Tribal Court/State Court Forum
Rules for Admission to the Bar
Proposed amendments to allow for early bar exam
Petition to the court filed 6.28.18
Petition denied without prejudice, court Order issued 2.14.19
Rules for Admission to the Bar
Rule 7A, Admission without examination; practice requirements
Comments to BLE; Request to file amicus; denied because applicant not granted review
Pending; BLE submitted recommended changes and report to court
Rules for Professional Conduct
Proposed amendments to Rule 1.6 and 5.5
Petition filed; comments at public hearing 1.15.19
Rules of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
Supporting amendments proposed to Rule 18 by LPRB
Negligence and statute of limitations in legal malpractice actions
Amicus brief, Frederick v. Wallerich, File No. A15-2052
Challenges to Practice of Law
Future of Legal Education
Funding for courts, legal aid, public defenders
Supporting adequate funding
Legislative position
Civil Gideon
Public Defender Funding
Proposed amendments to Rules on Lawyer Registration
Immigration Reform
Joining ABA in supporting comprehensive immigration reform
Letters to President, MN congressional delegration, etc.
SAGE Best Practices
Adopting best practices for legal employers in the area of diversity
Publicizing and promoting within MSBA
Prohibiting Discrimination in Jury Selection
Proposal to add mental status and sexual orientation to prohibited discrimination list
Legislative position
Judicial election/selection
Supporting merit selection, appointment by Governor, and retention elections for judges
Legislative position
Unpublished decisions
Proposed amendments to special rules of practice for the appellate courts
Letter to Court of Appeals

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