Amicus curiae brief in support of Mr. Bernard in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bernard v. Minnesota
MACDL (in connection with the MSCJ) recently filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Mr. Bernard in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bernard v. Minnesota. At issue is not only the constitutionality of Minnesota’s DWI test refusal law, but further defining the scope of the “search incident to arrest” exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement. The MACDL amicus brief highlighted the heavy consequences for a free society that result from laws purporting to criminalize an individual’s refusal to submit to a warrantless (and thus presumably unreasonable) search, pointing out how the ever-present “scourge” of DWI offenders doesn’t mean that our Courts have to gut the Fourth Amendment in order to combat the “carnage on the highways” . . . as the end result is simply unnecessary and unwarranted “carnage to our constitution.” Authors Daniel Gerdts and Barry Edwards worded it a bit more eloquently than that, and the brief is worth a read for anyone who is interested.Read More
by Karin Ciano, Briefbank Administrator
Need to write a motion in a hurry? Not sure where to find a good example? MACDL’s got you covered. The MACDL Briefbank, available only to MACDL members, includes hundreds of memoranda and appellate briefs in electronic, text-searchable form. If you can do a Google™ search, you can find everything from suppression motions to post-conviction appellate briefs. Imagine 20 years of your colleagues’ collective wisdom at your fingertips: that’s the Briefbank. One of the benefits of MACDL membership.
Members of MACDL may log in to their account then access the Briefbank here.Read More
Do you like being around awesome people? Do you enjoy having a cold one outside on a nice summer evening (surreptitiously of course)? Are you a former college athlete? Do you have hilarious jokes?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we want you on our MACDL softball team.
As many of you know, MACDL sponsors a softball team in the Hennepin County Bar Association League. There’s still room on our roster. We are looking for guys and especially ladies to join our team.
This is a co-ed D team–meaning this is a “beer league” or a league for fun. Our competition is other law firms from around the Twin Cities. We play on Tuesday nights in Northeast Minneapolis–game times are 6:15, 7:15, or 8:15. If you are interested in joining the team, contact us, and we’ll get your information to our team captain!
You can also follow our Softball Updates blog, with game reviews written by our players.
We love our fans too!
Click here for a full schedule of our games!
We hope you and yours are enjoying Spring and Summer!Read More
Many thanks to all who participated in MACDL’s Day on the Hill, our Lobby Day at the Minnesota Legislature. Enjoy the photos below! In the photos are Catherine Turner, Charlie Clippert, and John Kaschins. The solo photo is of Max Keller.Read More
MACDL’s Legislative Lion, Kelly Keegan, was instrumental in getting a new Minnesota Expungement Bill signed into law last week!
Governor Mark Dayton [on May 14, 2014] signed a bill that will give a second chance to thousands of Minnesotans who are taking honest steps to support themselves and their families. The new law (Chapter 246, HF2576) creates a more thorough expungement mechanism that allows judges to permanently seal the criminal records of reformed offenders – making it easier for these Minnesotans to secure good jobs, access quality housing, and provide for their families.Read More