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E-Newsletter of October 29, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 44



The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is seeking volunteer attorneys for its upcoming legal clinic at the VA Medical Center, held on Thursday, November 14th from 9am – 2pm. Volunteer attorneys will provide brief legal advice and services for veterans in a variety of areas including child support and family law, employment law, benefits, expungement, debt collections, and wills and estates. Contact Sara Sommarstrom at (651) 224-0292 or at your earliest convenience if you are interested in volunteering.

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


Elder Law News


Gov. Dayton declares October Senior Nutrition Month in Minnesota | The Pilot Independent: News

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D | Mille Lacs Messenger

Minnesota's Same-Sex Couples Achieve Marriage Equality, Inherit Complications That Go Along With It | Huffington Post

Northfield seniors celebrate 40 years of nutrition program | Northfield News

Submitted by Joel Smith

Elder Law Cases

There are no cases to report this week.

Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

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

Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - Thursday, October 31, 2013
8:50 AM - 4:30 PM (Central Time) 
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall # 370
3rd Floor City Center
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1641

For full details, click here.

University of St. Thomas School of Law will be hosting the 2013 Midwest Clinical Conference on November 1-3.  Check out the conference details here. While some of the sessions are aimed specifically at clinical law teachers, there is a track for Innovations in Interprofessional Practice, which offers a lot of useful information for elder law practitioners.  Local attorneys are welcome to register and attend.  Six Minnesota CLE credits have been applied for.  At $125 registration fee, which includes several meals and a cocktail reception, this conference is a bargain. 

Submitted by Jennifer Wright


Elder Law Section Activities


VULNERABLE ADULT SUBCOMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: 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). The dates are November 21, 2013, January 16, 2014, and April 17, 2014. Please call Ken LaBore at 612-743-9048 or email him at

MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 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, 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.

 The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Thursday, 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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