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Alexander Hamilton Died from Choosing a Bad Mediator

Alexander Hamilton Died from Choosing a Bad Mediator

Choosing the right mediator for resolving your dispute is important and can make all the difference in the world. In the case of Alexander Hamilton, he chose the wrong mediator and it cost him his life. The Aaron Burr v. Alexander Hamilton duel has received recent...

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What Chief Justice Sandy Keith Told Me

What Chief Justice Sandy Keith Told Me

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander MacDonald "Sandy" Keith died last month. I served as a law clerk at the Court when the Chief joined as the junior associate justice in 1989. He was the first person to hold office in each of the three...

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The Notorious RBG And the Honorable Mary Jeanne Coyne

The Notorious RBG And the Honorable Mary Jeanne Coyne

Our country is reflecting on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's career and contributions to our country both as an advocate and as a jurist. She went to law school during a time that the legal profession consisted mostly of men. Justice Ginsberg graduated at the top of her...

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Mediation During an Epic Court Backlog of Cases

Mediation During an Epic Court Backlog of Cases

The Minnesota Courts are experiencing a backlog of cases like never before.  After a three-month hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and Emergency Orders, Hennepin, McLeod, Olmsted and Ramsey counties began jury trials in felony criminal cases on a pilot...

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Mediation in the Time of COVID-19

Everyone knows by now that the Center for Disease Control is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been found in more than 100 locations internationally, including Minnesota....

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