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Executive Exchange: Does Anyone Have the Stuff to be a Great Lawyer?
Recently, while walking in the skyway to grab lunch, I ran into one of our HCBA members who was about to head off for a vacation in the northwoods. I didn’t recognize him right away without a suit on and, hone....


Your President Reports: "Vintage" and "New" Lawyers: The Circle of Life
So. Picture this: “Large” downtown law firm conference room; multi-generational attendees; gathered for yet another meeting; opinions aflutter. And then: “Ah, Mr. Nelson, what does someone of your ....


Your President Reports: Judicial Election Campaigns and Political Signals: Reaching for the Pause Button
Our season of judicial elections is now getting under way, and perhaps to state the obvious, the strength and credibility of our bench depends significantly on the strength and character of our candidates. So &....


An Inside View: Laws and Sausages
Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.
  —John Godfrey Saxe, Lawyer and Poet, 1869 (no, not Otto von Bismarck)
   &....


An Inside View: Enter the Gateway
In a few pages, you will read about Tom Nelson’s vision for the Hennepin County Bar Association during the coming year as president. Specifically, he plans to build gateways and bridges for members. This gatew....


Executive Exchange: Filling the Well
One of my best friends is a psychologist at a local trauma hospital. For many years, she has treated patients who have experienced some of the worst situations any of us can imagine.
 
I used to s....


Executive Expressions: Atticus, Olivia, and the Canadiens
The inevitable has happened. In September, when I saw the curriculum for my 12-year-old Olivia’s 7th grade year, I began to prepare myself for “the conversation.” Lo and behold, it happe....


An Inside View: Ethics - A Solution to Bad Lawyer Jokes
We know what the public thinks about lawyers’ honesty and ethical standards, and it’s not flattering. We’ve all forced a smile at lawyer jokes. We’ve all watched television shows where lawyer....


Your President Reports: Spread the Word
The three toughest weeks of the year in Minnesota have nothing to do with the largest snowfall, the Twins’ record, or road construction. No, the most challenging weeks are the winter, summer, and fall membersh....


Executive Expressions: Working Our Legal Lego Kit
With two tween girls, I knew our family would end up seeing The Lego Movie sooner or later. We did. They loved it. I loved it more.  So much so, that I dragged my 69-year-old mother to the theater so I could se....


Your President Reports: Showing Up
The peculiar calculus for publishing a weekly college newspaper in the early 1980s somehow required the staffers to pull an all-nighter every Thursday to get the paper out by Friday afternoon. We would roll in to th....


Executive Exchange: A Routine of Reflection
I have a problem with routines. I don’t think I’ve ever had exactly the same breakfast twice. When I walk my dog, the time and the route always differ from one day to the next.
 
Usual....


New Lawyers Face New Challenge
Student debt.  Job scarcity.  Low earnings.  These are noted as the biggest challenges facing new lawyers in a report released by the state bar of Wisconsin’s Challenges Facing New Lawyers Task ....


Executive Exchange: The Ripple Effects of Managing People
Unless you are and remain a solo attorney for your entire career, at some point you end up managing people. For many attorneys and other professionals I know, this is a responsibility they took on with little guidan....


Executive Exchange: Are You Prepared to Serve?
One of the many great things about my job is the opportunity to work closely with lawyers who are leaders in both the legal community and the local community. That second aspect of leadership often takes the form of....


Kindness in the Courts
We are pretty spoiled here in Hennepin County with a fantastic bench and amazing court staff.  Perhaps I am not totally unbiased in my assessment, having clerked for both Senior Judge Gary Larson and Chief Judg....


Executive Expressions: Cultivating a Wider Circle
Verna Myers, a highly regarded national speaker and consultant on diversity and inclusion in the legal community, recently spoke to a group of HCBA leaders. One of the key takeaways was that in order for authentic i....


An Inside View: Inside Insurance
Insurance, like air, is most noticed when absent. A hail storm dimples the roof like a golf ball; a fender-bender makes the car unusable; a mysterious and stubborn ailment takes time to diagnose and treat. These&mda....


Your President Reports: Come Together
I went to see Mumford & Sons at the Xcel Energy Center in September—somewhat skeptically, because I’m not one of their biggest fans. I recognize some of their songs but I don’t know all the lyr....


Executive Exchange: Art & The [Future of the] Bar
When Kim Dayton (HCBA member and professor at William Mitchell College of Law) attended our Bike Law CLE last spring, she noted how very bare the walls were at our HCBA offices. In response, President Eric Cooperste....


Executive Exchange: HCBA Is the New Home of the 1L Minority Clerkship Program



An Inside View: Health Care Law Touches Us All
Health care affects every aspect of our lives.  For example, I commenced my role as issue editor for The Hennepin Lawyer with my “attorney hat” on. After reading Peter Schmit’s articl....


Your President Reports: Ninety-Five
When I meet lawyers and explain that my entire law practice is devoted to representing attorneys in ethics matters, I typically get one of two responses. Either they say “There must be a lot of unethical lawye....


Executive Exchange: Why HCBA Clubs? Because Lawyers Are People, Too
During July of 2013, our HCBA staff went into something of a lockdown to prepare for the bar year ahead (or, as President Eric Cooperstein has termed it, the “Ironman of staff retreats”). There was time ....


An Inside View: The Commitment to Service
In this issue, we honor and celebrate the new leadership of the HCBA. Our entire legal community is positively impacted and enriched by the generosity of those who choose to lead. And for certain, none....


Executive Exchange: Value-boosted HCBA Membership: Free CLE and Clubs
Starting this fall, when the activity of the new bar year commences, HCBA members will experience some big changes in our programming and cost structure—changes based on what members like you told us would gro....


Executive Expressions: HCBA Brand Goes Local
What makes the HCBA unique? What inherently differentiates us from the plethora of other bar associations and law-related organizations out there?
 
It’s ....


An Inside View: Families: Our Common Bond
As attorneys, our professional lives focus on subjects as varied as one can imagine, from taxation to liability to personal injury or criminal issues. Yet, no matter what our professional focus might be, we all have....


Your President Reports: Minneapolis Legal Aid: 100 Years of Exceptionalism
Everyone knows Hennepin County Bar Association’s affinity for Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN). It is our manager of pro bono civil legal services, primarily in Hennepin County. VLN’s clients need pro bon....


Executive Exchange: Remembrance
The phone rang as I was on my way to the HCBA Bar Memorial last year. It was my mom, who as a retiree has a tendency to forget that the rest of the world (particularly the worlds of her children) is no....


Executive Expressions: A Job? A Profession? A Calling?
Put it down to the passage of years spurred on by the longevity plaque the association honored me with recently on my 25 years with the HCBA.  Lately I have pondered the significance of employment and the many ....


An Inside View: Looking Back Helps Us to Look Ahead
Now that it’s 2013, my son, a high school senior, will graduate in June. The rest of 2013 is coming into focus with graduation and college. As the year passes by, we have looked back on his activities for the ....


Your President Reports: Taxing Constitutional Rights
One measure of diversity in bar associations is reflected in our myriad occupations including in-house counsel, public defenders, district judges and referees, civil litigators, transactional lawyers, civil legal se....


Executive Exchange: Acting Like an "Association"
Growing up in my house, words mattered. My dad earned his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He is loquacious, an expert Scrabble player, absolutely obsessed with proper word choice, and always int....


Executive Exchange: The Leaders the HCBA Needs Now

Can you hear it? That buzz in the background that’s steadily growing? It’s the sound of opportunity and it’s calling your name ….
 
This month we are gearing up fo....


An Inside View: Improving Access to Justice
The Minnesota Judicial Branch’s mission is “to provide justice through a system that assures equal access for the fair and timely resolution of cases and controversies.” There are many ways in whic....


Your President Reports: 100 Reasons to Support the HCBA
“The thoughtful lawyer proud of the profession and conscious of the duty to strengthen it should gladly support the organized Bar at all levels. We must find more effective means to convey this message to ever....


Executive Expressions: Bridging the Bench/Bar Gap
“Please. Call me Mary.”
 
The first time I was in an HCBA committee meeting where Judge Mary Vasaly was introduced as “Judge,” she responded this way. While her reply was q....


Your President Reports: Strengthening Sections
A trial of mine last year in Bismarck, North Dakota involved a train/truck collision at a crossing. Testimony focused on track conditions. Railroad management divides portions of the main track lines into “sec....


An Inside View: Views, Voices, and Voting
The right to vote is a defining characteristic of a democratic society. This November, we must decide whether to amend our state constitution. Minnesota has a lengthy history of constitutional amendments, voting on ....


Executive Expressions: Do You Hear What We Hear?
There’s a technique used in community organizing called a “one-to-one.”  It involves 30 minutes or so of focused time where one person only asks questions, and another person onl....


An Inside View: Paths to Participation
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.” Although this is a biblical excerpt from the Book of Luke, it is an ideal rooted in many facets of our society, from superhero lore, to the....


Executive Exchange: "Baby Lawyers" and "GenFlux"
In a frank conversation with our New Lawyers Section about the profession and the future of the bar association, I mentioned that I’d repeatedly heard references to “baby lawyers.” A recent law sch....


Executive Exchange: Thank You President Grape; Congratulations President Jensen
As I write this column, I’m five months into my tenure and am preparing for my first HCBA Annual Meeting. There President Jewelie Grape will pass the gavel to President-Elect Thomas D. Jensen. It will be a bit....


Immigration Law in the Cross Hairs . . . As Usual

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” 
– Ronald Reagan
 
“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources—becau....


Your President Reports: Tackling Challenges
It’s hard to believe this is my last president’s column. Four years ago when I was first elected as secretary of the Hennepin County Bar Association, I wondered what my president’s year would be li....


Executive Exchange: The Value of Integrity
This weekend I attacked the “keep” pile in my home office. In sorting through this mass of kids’ art projects, photos, articles, and warranties, I came across a copy of the questionnaire I filled o....


Executive Exchange: Graduation Day at Veterans Court
The sound of applause filled the courtroom. Everyone—from Judge Charles Porter and the probation officers, prosecutors, and Veterans Affairs staff, to the 20-some members of the audience—was focused on t....


An Inside View: What's Wrong with Our Rights?
“The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to create rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be pre-ex....


Your President Reports: Where Does the Time Go?
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?””
—Winnie the Pooh
 

Executive Exchange: Civics, Systems, and Civil Liberties
As those of you who’ve read my bio know (January issue of THL), I’m close to completing a graduate degree at the Humphrey School of the U of M. This semester, the course I’m taking focuses on the l....


Executive Exchange: What's Your Story?
During my first few weeks on the job here at the HCBA, I've received a tremendous amount of new information.

There's the paper: financial reports, program descriptions, marketing plans, legisl....


An Inside View: Innovation in Our Courts
We begin the new year with our annual survey of developments affecting our courts and judiciary. Hennepin County Chief Judge James T. Swenson leads off with his summary of the revenue, structural, and ....


Meet Mary-Margaret Zindren: The New HCBA Executive Director
My column this month is devoted to introducing the HCBA’s new executive director, Mary-Margaret Zindren.  The Executive Search Committee, consisting of Judge Jim Swenson, Judge Toddrick Barn....


An Inside View: Cyber Civility

No doubt about it; litigators are tough and aggressive.  Talk to litigators and they’ll be able to share more than one story with you about opposing counsel not agreeing to a minor extension or resc....


Your President Reports: With Liberty and Justice for All

On Sept. 16, at the IDS center, 125 individuals from 35 countries became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony. The HCBA Community Relations Committee was one of the sponsors of this particular ceremony. ....


An Inside View: Considering Change

Change is good. Change is hard. Like all clichés, we’ve heard both of those many times. Yet, really, like all clichés, both statements do in actuality have real truth to them—it&rsquo....


Your President Reports: Come Out of the Corner

 “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

—Winnie the Pooh

Many successful....


An Inside View: The Rewards of Leadership

Not long ago one of my sons was asked to take a leadership position within his scout troop and organize the training of boys new to the group.  He was asked, literally, to teach them the ropes.  I mu....


Your President Reports: Finish Line in Sight

It is hard to believe that I am writing my last column as president of the HCBA.   Four years ago, I was honored to be named secretary of the association, entering the leadership track towards becomi....


An Inside View: Elder Law Affects Us All

I was recently introduced to the minefield of dealing with aging parents in the most unexpected and tragic of ways, in a family to which I have ties.  It started with the father suffering from a bad chest....


Executive Expressions: A New Phase Beckons

 

 

It is with very mixed emotions that I write this, my final column in The Hennepin Lawyer.  I first started writing these columns about 10 years ago, engaging in the con....


Executive Expressions: My Thanks to All

I generally wait until the May or June issue each year to express my appreciation toThe Dig on Digitized Discovery

Not long ago discovery requests for production of documents in civil litigation required clients to search file folders in employee offices, and file cabinets in central storage, for responsive documents. ....


Your President Reports: Change, Change, and More Change

The legal profession is undergoing tremendous change.  Not so long ago, most discovery involved a few banker’s boxes of paper; now it can mean terabytes of electronic data.  Clients once engage....


Executive Expressions: Transition

As I have noted in prior columns, my impending retirement on June 30, 2011 has caused me to look at this bar year in a different way, from a different vantage point.  While I cannot think of any significa....


Executive Expressions: Strategic Planning: Your Association and Your State

Past columns of mine have discussed two issues that appear quite different, but in truth have a great deal in common.  I have described our effort at the HCBA to draft a new strategic plan to replace the ....


An Inside View: Maintaining Equal Justice

 



Your President Reports: What's Good for the Courts Is Good for Business

 

Happy New Year!Executive Expressions: Looking Backward and Forward

 



Executive Expressions: Election Post-Mortem

“The people have spoken.”  “Washington (or St. Paul) did not listen; now they will have to.”  As I write this column on November 3, following perhaps the most unusual election....


An Inside View: Speak Up, Lawyer

From the Issue Editor:  I was preparing visa paperwork for a wealthy Canadian investor when I recei....


Your President Reports: Keeping Busy, Staying Social

The bar year is now well underway; this time of year always seems to fly by both professionally and pers....


Executive Expressions: Elections

I write this column exactly five weeks before Election Day, with the expectation that it will arrive on ....


An Inside View: Blurring the Lines

I was recently reading an update on Terri Melcher, the Fridley attorney who was  stabbed by a client’s ex-husband when he lost a custody dispute, and I began thinking about the emergence of hostilit....


Executive Expressions: A Busy Summer

With the September issue of The Hennepin Lawyer, the bar year seems to enter its period of greatest acti....


Your President Reports: Hitting the Ground Running

It has been a busy summer at the HCBA, as the staff and volunteer leaders prepare for the traditional start of the bar year in September.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks in office, and I am ....


Executive Expressions: Pro Bono Week

In many cultures and religions, a special day or days are set aside to ask forgiveness for one’s transgressions.  Commentators have noted the seeming incongruity that one is “free” to be....


Executive Expressions: It Takes a Team

Again this year, rather than wait until the very end of the bar year, I want to take this opportunity to thank some of the many people who have made this a successful year.  The challenges have been great....


Executive Expressions: Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose

We frequently translate the French phrase to mean the more things change, the more they remain the same.  And indeed, the proverb causes us to think about underlying realities that remain largely unaffect....


Executive Expressions: Continuity and Challenge

It has been customary for me to use this last issue of the bar year to make some retrospective observations as well as to speculate on the coming year.  In that respect, this column will not differ from i....


An Inside View: Fascinations of Family Law

The wide and varied world of family law is a fascinating place to practice.  Family law practitioners have the op....


Your President Reports: Court Funding, Constitutional Priorities, and Common Sense

One year ago, this column in the May issue of The Hennepin Lawyer, authored by Mary Vasaly, then HCBA pr....


Executive Expressions - April 2010

As I have indicated before, these columns are written some 30 to 45 days before the publication arrives at your desk.  Thus, when the subject m....


Your President Reports - March 2010

Central to the HCBA’s mission statement is a commitment to advance diversity and ensure fairness....


An Inside View - March 2010



Executive Expressions: February 2009

Many articles and column have been written of late that seek to characterize the decade that ended December 31, 2....


An Inside View


Your President Reprts - January 2010

Few of you are unaware of effort....


Legal Esoterica - January 2010

Notwithstanding the closeness of their surnames (County) and the supposed identity of functions, the judicial systems in

Executive Expressions - January 2010

I have often discussed in this column some of the new initiatives of our association, pointing out where we have broken new ground or take....


Executive Expressions: December 2009



Literary Lawyers
Your President Reports - November 2009

During the first half of 2009, our associatio....


Executive Expressions - November 2009

As this issue of The Hennepin Historian: Of Bugs, Brontosauruses, and Daniel Boone

We’re reaching back almost 80 years to the f....


Executive Expressions - October 2009

Three different and distinct activities in the past few weeks have ca....


Your President Reports

Like all new bar associat....


Executive Expressions - September 2009

The September issue of An Inside View: September 2009

Executive Expressions - July 2009

At the risk of engaging in a strained analogy, as we begin this bar y....


An Inside View - July 2009

Nearly a year ago I volunteered to serve as editor for this month’s i....


Executive Expressions - June 2009

As I write this final column of the 2008-2009 bar year, I am once aga....


An Inside View

“A Legal Look at Health Care” by Issue Editor Phillip J. Trobaugh.&nb....


Your President Reports

Years ago, I visited

Executive Expressions - May 2009

As another bar year draws closer to an end on June 30 (and I marvel a....


Executive Expressions - April 2009

I have often noted that I write this column thirty to forty-f....


An Inside View

"Real Property – Real Concern" by Issue Editor Lori Semke.

Your President Reports:

We recently celebrated the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Linco....


Executive Expressions - March 2009

News about the economy—in

Executive Expressions - February 2009



An Inside View

"Economy and the Courts" by Issue Editor Candy Olson. 

"These are days when many are discouraged. In the 93 years of my life, d....


Your President Reports

It was with a touch of regret that I said g....


Executive Expressions - January 2009

As this column appears, the 2008–2009 bar ....


Executive Expressions - December 2008



Your President Reports

This month's President's Page contains a crossword puzzle with questions relating to judicial elections.  

To view the puzzle and its answers as they appear in the printed ve....


An Inside View
Congress Needs to Make Its Intent Clear: Equal Pay for Equal Work

A hallmark of the American system of government is that the U.S. Supreme ....


Executive Expressions - November 2008

I am very pleased to report that the LINC 2009 pla....


The Hennepin Historian

Two new legal history ....


Executive Expressions – October 2008

The 2008 bar year has started with an unprecedented emphasis on issues de....


An Inside View

“Pro Professionalism” by Issue Editor Jessica Ma....


Your President Reports: Dragons Await Slaying

When young, my son wanted to....


Executive Expressions - September 2008

The summer is always a peculiar part of the bar year.An Inside View

"The Power of Association" by Issue Edito....


Executive Expressions - July 2008

In the course of some of the Law and Litera....


Executive Expression - June 2008

The June column traditionally appears as we are ending another bar....


The Hennepin Historian

This is our state’s sesquicentennial year, ....


You Can’t Handle the Truth…

… or can you?An Inside View

“The Work of Employment Law”....


Executive Expressions - May 2008

Last year at this time I chose to use this column to express my de....


Executive Expressions - April 2008

I am struck by the speed with which this bar year has progressed.<....


An Inside View

It’s happened.Legal Esoterica

We used to share a bedroom.Executive Expressions - March 2008

It has been virtually impossible to avoid t....


Executive Expressions - February 2008

As I review the many subjects about which I write or ponder in this column, it strikes me that ....


Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Book Review

Unplugged: A Medical and Metaphysical JourneyAn Inside View

Your President Reports

Approximately three weeks ago, the governi....


Executive Expressions - January 2008

Each year, when I sit down to write this column for

The Hennepin Historian

I often find ....


Executive Expressions - December 2007

A year ago, I devoted this column to a discussion of transparency ....


Executive Expressions - November 2007

Each bar year has its own distinctive ebbs and flows, as the timing of e....


Your President Reports: Taking a Position on Judicial Elections

One of my colleagues recently posed the question, “Why do we need the bar association anyway?”<....


Executive Expressions - October 2007

In my September column I discussed the preliminary work that is al....


An Inside View

“Considering Criminal Law” by Issue Editor Candy Olson.

Your President Reports

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s ....


Executive Expressions - September 2007

This issu....


An Inside View

"Leadership Has Its Qualities" by Issue Editor Stephen Fiebiger.&....


Executive Expressions - July 2007

As I have indicated in this space in previous years, this column is the most un....


Executive Expressions - June 2007

The Hennepin Historian

An Inside View

"All in the Family" by Issue Editor Jessica Maher.     The ....


Your President Reports

Many of my lawyer friends, when asking about my oldest daughter’s career plans, expr....


Executive Expressions - May 2007

It is customary to use the last column of a bar year to thank those people who ....


Executive Expressions - April 2007

Recently, the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Board of Directors had a lively discussi....


The Hennepin Historian

First accounts on the upcoming report from ....


An Inside View

"More....


Your President Reports

Serving as bar president has presented many great learning oppor....


Executive Expressions - March 2007

Many of my prior columns and many articles in The Hennepin ....


Executive Expressions - February 2007

Most knowledgeable members of the legal community would agree th....


The Hennepin Historian

We’ve stepped into a new year and are inundated by comments....


An Inside View

"Judging Minnesota" by Issue Editor Tracy M. Smith.     Whi....


Your President Reports

I recently had the pleasure of reading To Kill a Mockingbird again.

Executive Expressions - January 2007

It always strikes me as unbelievable that half of the bar year will be over by ....


Exexutive Expressions - December 2006

Much has been written in recent years about corporate transparency.  The empha....


An Inside View

"Getting Under Construction" by Issue Editor Thomas D. Jensen.  

Your President Reports

Executive Expressions - November 2006

One of the great dilemmas/issues in association activity....


Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Executive Expressions - October 2006

Approximately three years ago, the HCBA discontinued our legal fee arbitration program."Liars Dice": A Novel O. Henry Would Have Liked.

Liars Dice
An Inside View

Your President Reports

Over the past few years the HCBA Annual Meeting had become, to be diplomatic, a modest event.Book Review

The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation and Thomson-West recently published the second edition of....


Executive Expressions - September 2006

Most presidents of bar associations will admit that the bar year passes by very rapidly.Executive Expressions - July 2006

This column for Inside View

"A Change of Seasons" by Issue Editor Candy ....


To the Editor

Your May issue with its focus on immigration issu....


Executive Expressions - June 2006

As we near the end of this bar year in June, it is appropriate to take stock of s....


Executive Expressions - May 2006

In the April 2006

Your President Reports

Someone asked me recently what indelible mark my presidency ....


An Inside View

“I’m in My Homeland” by Issue Editor Executive Expressions - April 2006

Inside this issue we report the results of the H....


An Inside VIew

Your President Reports

I have been tro....


Executive Expressions - March 2006

As is evident from the issues of Letters to the Editor



Executive Expressions - February 2006

An Inside View

"Eye on the Judi....


Your President Reports



Executive Expressions - January 2006

Executive Expressions - December 2005

Elsewhere in this issue is an article by an....


Legal Esoterica

By Ngromshl Dbryndl Aazvmr  Executive Expressions - November 2005

It has now been a full year since we publicly announced our HCBA LINC program—Leaders I....


Your President Reports

Football fans find themselves sitting on the edge of their seats, hoping that their team will win.

An Inside View

 “Falling into New Persp....


Executive Expressions - October 2005

I write this column the day after Labor Day, with the dawning recognitio....


An Inside View

"Much Ado About To-Do" by Issue Editor Lori Semke.     Every season our "To-Do"....


An Inside View

"Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric: Back to School" by Issue Editor Your President Reports

I have just returned from the ABA National Conference of Bar Presidents. The meetings were informative, providing interesting ideas in the areas of diversity, media relations, and member....


Executive Expressions - September 2005

This column and this issue of The Hennepin Lawyer is timed to reach you by September 1. Each year, I hope that the summer will be used productively to plan the bar year and perhap....


Executive Expressions - July 2005

Though common—even trite—for an initial column in a new bar year to focus on transitions, on goals achieved in the year just e....


Executive Expressions - June 2005

Elsewhere in this issue Sharon Nelson discusses how lawyers can create balance in their lives. The stress of practicing law, compounded in many instances by the stresses imposed by fa....


An Inside View

"Spring is Here" by Issue Editor Phillip J. Trobaugh. [A tribute to Bruce Hanley follows.]  

In r....


Your President Reports

Fourteen months ago, I attended an ABA Bar Leadership Institute to help me prepare for my year as President of the HCBA. One of the topics c....


Legal Esoterica

Historians might have dubbed People v. Levi Weeks the trial of the century; but because it took place in a hinge-year, 1800, the calendar-qui....


Executive Expressions - May 2005

Much has been written in recent years about the changing societal demographics and the decline of volunteerism. Bowling Alone by Robe....


Executive Expressions - April 2005

The April issue of inside The Hennepin Lawyer always serves to reinforce the recognition that one bar year will soon be ending and anot....


An Inside View

"Speed Bumps" by Issue Editor Thomas D. Jensen.     Speed bumps annoyed me unt....


Your President Reports

It seems remarkable that the end of the bar year is only a few months away. We have already focused on programming, cou....


Executive Expressions - March 2005

In a recent column I wrote about the attributes of leadership, citing examples of leadership on the bar level and in the pu....


Executive Expressions - February 2005

As this column is being written the HCBA’s LINC program (Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community) is poised to launch its in....


An Inside View

"A Role for the Non-Elected" by Issue Editor Mehmet Konar-Steenberg.    As you read this, the memory of the WWF ma....


Your President Reports

Recently, we conducted a membership survey to assess how effective the Hennepin County Bar Association has been in meeting your needs. A hearty th....


Executive Expressions - January 2005

As this issue of The Hennepin Lawyer reaches your desk, the 2004-2005 bar year will be half-over. Although every bar year has 12 months....


An Inside View

"Real Property - Really!" by Issue Editor Courtney Ward-Reichard.  



Executive Expressions - December 2004

At virtually every professional conference I attend, one or more speakers point to the rapid rate of change in the legal profession and in bar ass....


Your President Reports

Lawyer jokes notwithstanding, lawyers remain widely respected for their education, knowledge, judgment, and contributions to society....


Executive Expressions - November 2004

This issue of The Hennepin Lawyer includes President Brent Routman’s column, his letter to members and the application form for LINC—Leader....


Executive Expression - October 2004

Only hermits or those in hibernation could avoid having noticed that this is an election year. The presidential campaigns seem to be the most vitr....


Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

Robert Sicoli & Martha Delaney’s recent ....


An Inside View

These past few months have been filled with a number of experiences that have caused me to ponder the concept of diversity. On the same day I atte....


Your President Reports

Our membership is diverse indeed in age, experience, gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, sexual preference, and physical capability. Our ranks c....


Executive Expressions - September 2004

In the bar association world, as in the "larger" world outside, it is often apparent that the problems and challenges that face one organization h....


An Inside View

Although spring and the season of graduation ceremonies are best known for new beginnings, summer is the season of new beginnings for the Hennepin County Bar As....


Executive Expressions - July 2004

I write as we end one bar year and prepare to begin another. The "gavel-passing" at our annual meeting has taken place, a budget for 2004-2005 adopted, and new ....


Executive Expressions June 2004

Much has recently been written about the "Bowling Alone" phenomenon, recognizing that fewer people are engaging in volunteer activities. Changing ....


An Inside View

"Tinkering with the Machinery of Death: by Issue Editor Stephen C. Fiebiger.    

Your President Reports

I am devoting my last column to recognizing some of the folks who have helped achieve the HCBA’s accomplishments this past year. First and foremost, the HCBA staf....


O'Rourke Returns

Book Review:  Executive Expressions May 2004

I am writing having just returned from Chicago, where President-Elect Brent Routman and I attended the ABA Bar Leaders....


New Beginnings

April 2004:  Elsewhere in this issue of inside The Hennepin Lawyer are several articles and reports that remind us that the bar year i....


An Inside View

"A Little Privacy Please" by Issue Editor Phillip J. Trobaugh.    Privacy issues predominate this issue of Th....


Your President Reports

As I am writing this column, I have just finished reading the Dec. 15, 2003, issue of Newsweek. This issue contains a package of cover st....


Executive Expressions

March 2004: It is undoubtedly trite and unwise to overuse the expression that "two minds are better than one." However, as is often the case with ....


Executive Expressions

February 2004:   I write this column at the very end of December. The 2003-2004 bar year is half over and it gives me an occasion to ref....


An Inside View

It is Friday afternoon. My "Inside View" column is due in about 72 hours. My subj....


Your President Reports

An independent judiciary. We hear and utter this phrase often, almost always in a positiv....


Executive Expressions

January 2004:  The Bench-Bar Partnership

Traditionally, this issue of The Hennepin La....


Executive Expressions

From the December Issue: HCBA--Committed to Legal Services

An Inside View

"AT THE WORKPLACE" by Issue Editor Courtney Ward-Reichard. 

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Your President Reports

As I write this column, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed itself and ordered the California recall election to proceed as originally scheduled. The issues around the constitutional ri....


September/October 2003 Issue Is Now Online

"CHANGE IS A GOOD THING"  by Issue Editor Lorie Gildea. 

In Alexander Pope’s Moral Essays it is noted, "All things change, and we change ....


Your President Reports

When I was a young boy growing up in Richfield, I concerned myself with nothing more than what young boys typically concern themselves with: sports, school, and my social life.

I was conten....


Executive Expressions

From the September Issue:  Upcoming Conference.

The Hennepin County Bar Association is a member of a group of local bar associations known as GLOBE, an archaic acronym for Great Lakes....


An Inside View
Membership—Delivering Value Since 9/11, our country has been in the throes of change: fear and loss of unhampered freedom in going about our daily work and non-work activities, increased law enforcement presence ....


Executive Expressions
As we move into the summer, after the conclusion of another bar year, we have a few moments to take stock of the year just ended, to assess our current position, and then to proceed to meet new challenges and priori....