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Calling all Attorneys: New Attorney Roll Books Ready for Signatures

Thursday, November 29, 2018  
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From the Minnesota State Law Library

From 1858 to 1983, Minnesota tracked attorney registrations by having new attorneys sign their names in the rolls of attorneys. The rolls were the official record of an attorney's license to practice law, and of any discipline received by attorneys. The signatures of thousands of attorneys, including two who went on to be U.S. Supreme Court justices, can be found in the attorney rolls. 

The attorney rolls were maintained from 1858 until 1983, when the practice was discontinued. Many attorneys who were licensed between October 1983 and May 2018 told us they wished they had been able to sign the rolls. We are delighted to announce that the Supreme Court has authorized the creation of interim attorney rolls, which will be kept at the State Law Library.
If you were licensed in Minnesota between October 1983 and May 2018, we invite you to visit the State Law Library to sign the rolls! Members of the court and State Law Library staff will also bring the books when we visit areas outside the Twin Cities metro so attorneys in greater Minnesota have a chance to sign too. Please note that we encourage you to contact the State Law Library before planning a visit to ensure that the book for your year will be available. We hope to see you at the State Law Library soon!     

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