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In the nineteenth century, most lawyers were admitted to the bar in Minnesota either by reciprocity or by passing an oral examination administered by a district court judge or by a committee of lawyers. In 1859 or 1860, an earnest young man, Stewart Harvey, was examined before a "crowded audience, including Judge Hamlin" in the parlor of the Nicollet House. It was an elaborate hoax, vividly retold decades later by Judge William Lochren in an article on "early practice and practitioners" that appeared in Isaac Atwater's history of Minneapolis, published in 1893.
On August 27, 1908, the American Bar Association adopted Canons of Professional Ethics. They have been revised and amended many times since.
On February 14, 1850, Judge David Cooper fined Michael E. Ames and Morton S. Wilkinson $5 each for something they did in his courtroom in Stillwater. It is probable that they were the first lawyers in Minnesota to be disciplined. Reports of this event appeared in the February 20 and March 6, 1850, issues of "The Minnesota Pioneer."
On January 11, 1878, Martha Angle Dorsett became the first woman to be admitted to the bar of Minnesota. This posting contains contemporary newspaper articles about her and her struggle to be admitted as well as Thomas A. Woxland's article, "In re Dorsett: Opening the Minnesota Bar to Women," published first in the November 1990 issue of "Bench & Bar of Minnesota."