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Local Lawyer appointed to responsibility board

The Minnesota Supreme Court has appointed Paul Carlson, a partner in Kennedy, Carlson and Van Bruggen, LLP, of Wadena, to a three year term on the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB) commencing on Feb. 1.

The LPRB supervises the administration of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility, often referred to as the ethics rules for lawyers. It also oversees and administers Minnesota's attorney discipline system. The Board consists of thirteen lawyers and nine nonlawyers, all of whom serve without compensation.

Paul previously served a six year term on the Seventh Judicial District Ethics Committee. In that role he investigated ethics complaints filed against attorneys and recommended discipline or further investigation by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

"That experience taught me the importance of ensuring that lawyers honor their obligations to their clients and the profession. Failing to do so can have dramatic consequences for clients and can harm the reputation of all lawyers. We need to earn and maintain the trust of our clients, the courts and society," said Carlson. I am humbled by the faith placed in me by this appointment and look forward to the challenges it will bring," Carlson said.