Message from the President
Welcome back to the Minnesota FBA season! We are in full swing and excited to reconnect. As one of my colleagues here on the bench would say, “Let the good times roll!”
Federal courts change lives. Minnesota’s federal court decides criminal cases (criminal cases are 8% or thereabouts of the Court’s docket). Artists, inventors and businesses large and small come, or are haled, to court here in copyright, trademark, patent and other intellectual property cases (5% of our docket by number, not weight).
The Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, with the generous assistance of the district's judges, has compiled a set of "Practice Pointers and Preferences" for federal court practitioners. Judges participating in this project have submitted a list of practice pointers and preferences regarding, for instance, motion practice, written submissions to chambers, scheduling hearings, trial practice, and the like. This information is not intended to constitute a new "local rule" or "standing order" for each judge, but merely a helpful resource for members of the bar. Below are links to the Practice Pointers and Preferences provided by each participating judge.
The American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights has selected Donovan W. Frank, federal judge for the District of Minnesota, to receive its 2012 Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights.