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E-Newsletter of September 17, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 38


The MSBA Elder Law Section has allocated funds for five (5) scholarships to attend the 2013 Elder Law Institute- for more information, click here.. The institute occurs on October 30 and 31, 2013, at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in Minneapolis. The scholarship covers the complete cost of tuition. (Recipients will need to cover any other expenses that they may incur.)

To qualify, 1) you must be a lawyer licensed to practice within the last three (3) years; 2) you must be practicing law within a solo, small firm, legal aid, or public interest law practice in either a paid or unpaid capacity; and 3) you must practice at least partly in elder law. Unemployed and underemployed attorneys are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are available here - scroll down to find the application posted under "New Lawyer Scholarship Application."

Interested applicants must apply by midnight on Monday, October 7, 2013. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, October 11, 2013. Scholarship recipients must be section members by October 30, 2013; however, applicants do not need to be section members in order to apply and be selected. Previous recipients of scholarships from the MSBA Elder Law Section are ineligible.

Please contact Laura Orr ( for any further information.

Submitted by Laura Orr



TThe Awards Committee of the Elder Law Section is seeking nominations for Section awards to be presented at the Minnesota CLE Elder Law Institute on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.  Nominations are being sought for the Mary Alice Gooderl Memorial Award.  This Award is presented by the Elder Law Section to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the field of Elder Law by a member of the Elder Law Section, as exemplified by Mary Alice Gooderl, one of the founders of the Elder Law Section.  In addition, the Awards Committee considers nominations for special awards to recognize special achievements by section members or special contributions to the Elder Law Section or the field of Elder Law.
Nominations will close at 5 pm on Friday, October 18, 2013. Please submit nominations to Julian J. Zweber at 1360 Energy Park Drive, Suite 310, St. Paul, MN 55108-5252, telephone 651-646-4354 or 651-646-4539 (FAX) or

Submitted by Julian J. Zweber
Co-Chair, Awards Committee


There are planned Vulnerable Adult Subcommittee meetings on the following dates from 12:00 to 1:30 to be held in my office in Edina (5001 Chowen Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410).

Pizza and beverages will be provided for lunch at the first meeting Thursday, September 19, 2013.   The initial meeting will be to meet others interested in advocating on behalf of vulnerable adults and set and agenda and project(s) for the subcommittee.

The dates are Thursday September 19, 2013
November 21, 2013
January 16, 2014
April 17, 2014

Please call Ken LaBore at 612-743-9048 or email him at

Submitted by Ken LaBore


Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) has been helping vulnerable individuals and families for 45 years by matching low-income clients with volunteer attorneys for free legal services. VLN primarily serves clients in Hennepin County but also offers select services on a metro-wide or statewide basis. VLN’s greatest areas of need are family, bankruptcy and criminal expungement law, but it also serves clients needing help in many other areas of law, including administrative, debtor/creditor, employment, landlord/tenant, real estate, tax and unemployment compensation.

VLN’s next New Volunteer Orientation occurs from noon-1pm on Wednesday, September 25th at the HCBA offices. Attendees who sign up for a pro bono case following orientation will receive 1.0 Standard CLE Credit.  Pizza lunch provided!

Keep track of your pro bono hours throughout the year to report with the MSBA’s North Star Lawyer Program. You may also claim 1 hour of CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono legal representation provided in a case that has been referred to you by an approved legal services provider or by a MN Judicial Branch program. Visit the Minnesota Board of CLE for more information.      

Submitted by Adam Rohne


Significant changes have been made to the pretrial procedures set forth in the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure.  Effective for actions commenced on or after July 31, 2013, Rule 26 created new initial disclosure requirements, requires a discovery conference and plan and changed the sequence and timing of discovery.  There are a number of traps for the unfamiliar.  For example, the initial disclosures, discovery conference, and discovery plan required under Rule 26 are due even if the action has only been served and not filed.  And, the due date for these is calculated from the date the answer was originally due in most cases, even if the time for the answer has been extended.  However, timing may be adjusted by agreement or court order.  Watch for more information about these rule changes.  

Submitted by Susanne "Anne" Starr Goodman


Elder Law News


There is no news to report this week.

Elder Law Cases

There are no new cases to report this week.

Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

There are no statutes, regulations or bulletins to report this week.

Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

There are no upcoming events or CLEs to report this week.

Elder Law Section Activities


PRO BONO COMMITTEE MEETING: The mission of the Pro Bono Committee is to work with existing pro bono programs and elder service groups to make section members aware of pro bono opportunities, to connect section members with existing pro bono programs, and to expand pro bono services offered for elders. The next meeting of the Pro Bono Committee will be held on Friday, September 20th from 12:00-1:00pm at the law offices of Chestnut Cambronne, 17 Washington Ave. N., #300, Minneapolis, Minnesota. All section members are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in serving on the Pro Bono Committee may contact Chair, Adam Rohne at

MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The Medical Assistance Committee is a study group to analyze Elder Law Section member questions and case studies and to discuss administrative policies and procedures in relation to Medical Assistance in Minnesota, Pook Grathwol of CHESTNUT CAMBRONNE P.A., is Committee Chair.  For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Bill Lent with CHESTNUT CAMBRONNE, P.A., at 612-336-2948 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Topics for the meeting may be submitted to under the subject heading “MA Committee Topic”, or faxed to 612-336-2940. Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal Services), Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. The meeting takes place in the building’s conference room. There are a few parking spaces behind the building and lots of street parking. People should walk to the back of the building and come to the back door which faces directly into the meeting room.

GOVERNING COUNCIL:  The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, October 31, 2013 at 7:30 am. Please be reminded that the meeting location is: MSBA Offices, 600 Nicollet Mall, #380, Minneapolis, MN 55402. The meeting will take place in the conference room before the Elder Law Institute begins.

For further information, please contact David Rephan, Chair, at:

Elder Law Website


DON'T FORGET THAT THE ELDER LAW WEBSITE IS A GREAT RESOURCE. Here’s what you can find on the Website:  Links to the DHS Health Care Programs Manual, the DHS Bulletin on treatment of uncompensated transfers, the Minnesota Bankers Association Compliance Bulletin on Powers of Attorney, legislative summary; Practice Links to organizations such as NAELA, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Links to Federal and State Government Agencies, Statutes, and Regulations; Meeting Notices, Listings of Officers and Council Members, Section Bylaws, and more.

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