Podcast episodes, show notes, and CLE codes listed below.
Bandemer v. Ford
In our December episode, we discuss legal news, cover interesting cases that have resulted since our last episode, and walk through our featured case, Bandemer v. Ford.
Central Housing Associates v. Olson
In our November episode, we discuss legal news, cover interesting cases that have resulted since our last episode, and walk through our featured case, Central Housing Associates v. Olson. Transcript of the episode here.
David Schultz’s op-ed in the Pioneer Press, “Let’s appoint, rather than elect, Minnesota judges,” on Minnesota’s mode of choosing judges
Former-Justice Alan Page’s comments CBS News on the current administration and his op-ed in the Strib on why he accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom (he also stopped by his namesake middle school to discuss accepting the award with students there)
Justice Anderson sits for an interview with Jon Schmidt (of State v. Edstrom fame) for Bench & Bar of Minnesota
Order not adopting the proposed amendments to Minnesota Rule of Evidence 404(b), with another dissent from Justice Thissen, taking up the mantle of his predecessor, former-Justice Stras, on the need to amend 404(b)
Court of Appeals opinion in Central Housing Associates v. Olson
Oral argument in Central Housing Associates v. Olson
On-Demand CLE Code: 266449* (pending)
Maethner v. Someplace Safe
In our October episode, we take a deep dive into the upcoming judicial election with highlights from the October 4th judicial candidate forum, as well as a discussion with guests Michelle MacDonald, Michael Brodkorb, and Allison Mann on the candidates and their qualifications. Finally, we walk through our featured case, Maethner v. Someplace Safe. Transcript of the episode here.
MN Lawyer’s Kevin Featherly with an update on the finances of the 2018 judicial races (bottom line: no one is trying to buy our judges . . . yet)
Video of the judicial candidate forum in Golden Valley on October 4, hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Minnesota State Bar Association, featuring Justice Chutich and Judge Jesson, as well as their respective challengers, Michelle MacDonald and Anthony L. Brown
Michelle MacDonald's disciplinary case suspending her from the practice of law for 60 days starting in January 2018 followed by supervised probation for 2 years, her cert petition to the US Supreme Court (and its denial), both of which she discusses in our interview
Minnesota Lawyer reports on Michelle MacDonald’s lawsuit (complaint here) against Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann, from the initial filing, to the lack of the factual basis for the suit, to the resulting disciplinary investigation
Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann release their book, The Girls Are Gone, which chronicles the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, and includes an examination of MacDonald’s legal work on the case
First Amendment Scholar Eugene Volokh weighs in on the First Amendment questions in our featured case, Maethner v. Someplace Safe (Professor Volokh filed an amicus brief in this case with his band of “bloggers and podcasters”)
Minnesota Lawyer summarizes the issues in our featured case, Maethner v. Someplace Safe
Court of Appeals opinion in Maethner v. Someplace Safe
Oral argument in Maethner v. Someplace Safe
On-Demand CLE Code: 265435*
Warren v. Dinter
In our September episode, we discuss legal news, cover interesting cases that have resulted since our last episode, and walk through our featured case, Warren v. Dinter. Transcript of the episode here.
Winona Daily News article on the retirement of Judge Jeffery Thompson, which prompted the Third Judicial District to begin a discussion that eventually led the Supreme Court to issue an order moving Judge Thompson's former seat from Winona Court to Olmsted County
Minnesota State Bar Association poll on contested appellate judicial races; Justice Thissen’s OTD tweet on a constitutional case interpreting what it means to be “learned in the law,” a requirement for judicial office in Minnesota; and Allison Mann’s musing on possible implications for the upcoming judicial race
Star Tribune feel-good story on Ralph Campbell, a twenty-nine years sober licensed drug and alcohol counselor, who has been the "glue" of the Hennepin County DWI Court since he began volunteering there in 2008
Register for the Minnesota Historical Society's Justice Jeopardy on October 11 (see you there, ComMNers!)
Opinion in State v. Edstrom, published August 15, 2018
Opinion in Johnson v. State, published August 22, 2018
Court of Appeals opinion in Warren v. Dinter
Oral argument in Warren v. Dinter
On-Demand CLE Code: 262905*
Justice David Lillehaug
91st Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
In our August episode, we catch up with Justice Lillehaug at the Minnesota Judicial Center and cover his life story, his time on the court, and his personal life with our regular lightning round. Transcript of the episode here.
Justice Lillehaug's Bench & Bar piece on unpublished opinions in Minnesota's appellate courts
Opinion in Axelberg v. Commissioner of Public Safety, 848 N.W.2d 206 (Minn. 2014), including Justice Lillehaug's (and Justice Wright's and Justice Page's) dissent
2015 amendments to Minn. Stat. § 169A. 53 in response to Axelberg v. Commissioner of Public Safety and its many dissents
Justice Anne McKeig
94th Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
In our July episode, we discuss legal news, cover interesting cases that have resulted since our last episode, and visit Justice Anne McKeig in her chambers for a discussion about the finer points of judging, running for re-election, and her favorite Hollywood Chris. Links from the episode below. Transcript of the episode here.
Justice Thissen sworn in as 95th Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Transcript of Chief Justice Gildea's State of the Judiciary Address, highlighting, among other things, the Chief's proposal to take another look at the Limited License Legal Technicians model
Petition of Minnesota State Bar Association to amend rule 4(c) for admission to the bar to "permit certain qualified law students to sit for the bar examination during their final year in law school"
Ibrahim Hirsi's important piece on "why the people who serve as interpreters in Minnesota courts are not happy with those who run Minnesota courts" (post-recording update: read state court administrator Jeff Shorba's response)
Opinion in Cruz-Guzman v. State, published July 25, 2018, as well a nice backgrounder on the case and commentary from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity on the implications of Justice Hudson's majority opinion (and Will Stancil's tweet about "that" footnote)
2017 Hennepin Lawyer profile of Justice Anne McKeig written by former clerk Brittney Miller
In our June episode, we discuss legal news, cover interesting cases since our last episode, and walk through our featured case, Johnson v. State. Links from the episode below. Transcript of the episode here.
Minnesota Lawyer article on the first known CLE credit revoked
Michelle MacDonald's disciplinary case suspending her from the practice of law for 60 days, her cert petition to the US Supreme Court, and videos one and two of her being confronted by security at the GOP booth at the Minnesota State Fair in 2014 (and a bonus Sack cartoon of the occasion)
Moorhead lawyer fights two-decade war on circumcision
Court of appeals opinion in Johnson v. State
Oral argument in Johnson v. State
Post-recording update: The court issued an opinion in Christensen v. Healey on June 20, 2018, authored by Justice Hudson. We discussed this case in our second episode and made fun of the court in this episode for not yet releasing it as of our recording. Read Justice Hudson's opinion here.
On-Demand CLE Code: 259816*
In our May episode, we discuss legal news, cover important cases that have resulted since our last episode, and walk through our featured case, In re Marriage of Gill. Links from the episode below. Transcript of the episode here.
Court of appeals opinion in In re Marriage of Gill
Oral argument in In re Marriage of Gill
On-Demand CLE Code: 258763*
In our April episode, we discuss legal news (both entertaining and serious), cover an interesting case since our last episode (Christensen v. Healey), and walk through our featured case, State v. Edstrom. Links from the episode below. Transcript of the episode here.
Minnesota Supreme Court vacancy shortlist update
Case summary for our non-featured interesting case, Christensen v. Healey
MNCourts news update on the court convening at Anoka High School to hear State v. Edstrom
Court of appeals opinion in State v. Edstrom
Oral argument for State v. Edstrom on April 11, 2018
On-Demand CLE Code: 257377*
In our inaugural episode, we discuss legal news, interesting cases from the beginning of the calendar year, and our featured case, Otto v. Wright County et al. Links from the episode below. Transcript of the episode here.
Kare 11's piece on how Minnesota courtrooms are becoming more diverse
Court of appeals opinion in Otto v. Wright County et al.
Oral argument for Otto v. Wright County et al. on January 3, 2018
On-Demand CLE Code: 257376*
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