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Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
April 19, 2007

Members Present: Rebecca Fisher, Erika Donner, Dan Gilchrist, Lacee Anderson, Jamal Faleel, Shandra Pearson, Mike Miller, Channel Melin, Deanna Dailey, Mike Ostern

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Jamal Faleel.

B. The Council approved the March 2007 minutes without comment.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs-Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
Shandra reported that a call for authors went out last week. The deadline for articles is May 15th. Please get your articles to Shandra or Kevin soon.

B. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Lurken)
Jennifer provided a written report, reporting that she's still working with the Duluth folks towards a possible CLE
.
C. Community Service (chairs-Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Christina reported that they are looking at various alternatives to the Choose Law program, because they have been unable to get enough school participation. A discussion was had with the brainstorming of ideas for potential community service projects.

D. Social/Membership: (Chair - Katie Gettman)
Katie was congratulated on a successful spring social at Nami.

E. MSBA Annual Convention: Orange Whip has been signed up as the band for the social, sponsored by the Section. The officers will bring a proposal to the next meeting regarding grants to fund scholarships for out-state attendees. Dan Gilchrist reported that the next convention committee meeting is May 1st. After that meeting, we'll have a better idea as to the availability of MSBA funds to contribute towards the band. The Section agreed that it would be a good idea to have a hospitality suite at one of the convention hotels. But, we'll have to look into the cost and the Section's budget before committing to this expense.

F. Officer Elections: Nominations for officers are due to Jamal by May 7th. A nominating committee was established. The committee with nominate a slate of officers at the May meeting.

G. Statements of interest to attend the ABA Annual Conference in San Francisco, in August, are due to Jamal by May 7th. We will vote at the next meeting as to who to give funding to and how much to give out of this year's budget.

III. Reports
A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): No report.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): No report
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): No report
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): The MSBA Council meeting is approaching, and Jamal will follow-up with a report from the meeting.

B. Section Director Reports: None

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Liaisons provided their reports.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:20pm.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
March 15, 2007


Members Present: Danell Olson, Rebecca Rhoda-Fisher, Kathryn Hoffman, Erika Donner, Dan Gilchrist, Lacee Anderson, Jamal Faleel, Katie Gettman (via telephone), Grant Fairbairn, Jeff Jones, Jennifer Lurken, Shandra Pearson, Wendy Lane (via telephone), Mike Miller

I. Opening Business
A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Jamal Faleel.
B. The Council approved the February 2007 minutes, with a request from Erika Donner that members legibly write their names on the sign-in sheet.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs-Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
Shandra issued a call for authors for the summer edition.

B. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Lurken)
Jennifer reported that she’s working with folks from the Duluth new lawyers chapter to plan some type of social or community service project.

C. Community Service (chairs-Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Christina provided a written report, stating that she continues to look for schools and volunteers for the Choose Law program.  If you have an idea for a community service project, contact Christina.

D. Social/Membership: (Chair - Katie Gettman)
Katie reported that the Spring social is April 12th, at Nami.  Katie is looking for sponsors, as many of the places she has contacted wanted speaking time in exchange for financial support.  Katie asked for volunteers with sponsorships, marketing, etc.
Rebecca Rhoda-Fisher motioned to allocate up to $750 for the spring social, to be spent on food and door prizes.  The motion was seconded by Mike Miller.  The motion passed.

E. MSBA Annual Convention: Dan Gilchrist reported that the committee has narrowed down the bands to two, and that they hope to choose a band next week, so that they can get going on advertising.  The bands are more expensive than expected, so Dan is asking the MSBA’s convention committee for additional funding.
The MSBA is considering grants to fund scholarships for out-state attendees.  The members think that this is a good idea.

F. Jamal provided information about a networking group that contacted us to be part of their events.  It would not cost us anything, so members thought it was a good idea to consider it.  We will discuss more about this later.

G. Officer Elections: Discussion was had regarding possibly changing the order of succession for officers to begin with secretary, instead of treasurer.  It was also announced that Dan Gilchrist, Erika Donner and Lacee Anderson are all planning on running for officer positions next year.  Accordingly, the treasurer position is open.  Jamal will coordinate obtaining nominations for this position.

III. Reports


A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): No report.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): No report
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): No report
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): The MSBA Council meets tomorrow.  Jamal will provide a report at the Section’s April meeting.

B. Section Director Reports: Dan Gilchrist provided an update on HCBA.

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Liaisons provided their reports.

IV. Adjournment:
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40pm.



Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
February 15, 2007


Members Present: Jennifer Daugherty, Mike Miller, Kathryn Hoffman, Christina Weber (via telephone), Erika Donner, Dan Gilchrist, Lacee Anderson, Jamal Faleel, Katie Gettman, Grant Fairbairu, Jeff Jones, Sarah Mclouren, Conor Tobin, Nicole James, Kevin Brady, J[illegible], Jennifer Lurken

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:45 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Jamal Faleel.

B. The Council approved the January 2007 minutes without comment.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs-Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
The chairs reported that they have already received enough articles for the Spring edition. The next call for authors will be around April.

B. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Lurken)
The Council discussed the scheduling of CLEs and the potential of a Duluth CLE. Jennifer was congratulated on yet another successful CLE before the meeting

C. Community Service (chairs-Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Christina reported that she continues to look for schools for the Choose Law program. She’s working with HCBA and the Diversity Section. There is a sense of concern over duplication with a program called “Class Action,” which is also in the Minneapolis schools. Jamal and Christina will follow-up.

D. Social/Membership: (Chair - Katie Gettman)
Katie reported that the tri-bar social at William Mitchell was very well attended, by both students and lawyers. Katie thanked all those who attended. The plan is to do the social again next January.
The Spring social is April 12th. Katie and others are working on the details.
Jamal reported that the student networking event went well. Attendance was lower than last year.

E. MSBA Annual Convention: Dan Gilchrest reported that the President’s reception and the social afterwards will be at 317 on Rice Park, in St. Paul. It will be the evening of June 28th. Katie Gettman is chairing the committee to plan the event, including choosing the band.

F. Miami Conference: Jeff Jones provided a report from the Miami conference. Jeff informed the group of the debate and voting that took place on ABA resolutions. The Section had a discussion regarding conference delegates obtaining feedback from the Section on resolutions that will be voted on at the conferences.

G. Montreal Conference: All four officers put in a request to go to the conference, which is May 3-5. The Section discussed the merits of different funding amounts. A motion to fund four people at $700 each was made by Jennifer Daugherty, and seconded by Jennifer Lurken. The motion passed.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): No report.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): The January presentation by Tom Haunty, a certified financial planner was well attended and enjoyed by attendees. The plan is to make his presentation at least an annual event.
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): Dan reminded the Section of the MSBA Annual convention is June 28-29, and offers 12 CLEs.
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): Jamal reminded the Section that there are open liaison positions, which are posted on the Website. Jamal received several statements of interest, which will be approved by Jamal.


B. Section Director Reports: None

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Liaisons provided their reports.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:40pm.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
January 18, 2007

Members Present: Christina Weber, Tifanne Wolter, Erika Donner, Dan Payne, Dan Gilchrist, Jean Carlson, Kevin Brady, Debra Schumacher, Matthew McKim, Jessica Theisen, Connie Armstrong, Jeremy Carrol, Tim E[illegible], Ben Hayek, Erika Donner, Mike Miller, Jennifer Daugherty, DonWook Kim, Tracy [illegible], Jamal Faleel, Rob Shainess, Grant Fairbairn, Trish Walsh, Bridget McCauley Nasoa, Ben Britton, Mike Ostern.

Attendance also includes some Thomas Haunty presentation attendees.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Jamal Faleel.

B. The Council approved the December 2006 minutes, with the correction in spelling of Tifanne Walter to Tiffane Wolter.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs—Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
Shandra Pearson and Kevin Brady reported that the next edition will go out very soon. Written articles for the spring edition are due February 1, 2007.

B. CLEs (chair – Jennifer Lurken)
Jennifer provided a written report regarding the next CLE, on February 15, 2007. A panel of state and federal law clerks will discuss their experiences. Jennifer is still looking for some federal clerks to participate.

C. Community Service (chairs—Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Christina reported that they are working on the “Choose Law” community service project. Please let Christina know if you have any contacts with schools that would assist them in working with these schools.

D. Social/Membership: (Chair – Katie Gettman)
Katie provided a written report. William Mitchell is hosting a tri-bar social on January 25th, from 6-9 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Everyone is also encouraged to attend the Third Annual Law Student Networking Event on February 8, 2007.

E. MSBA Convention: Dan Gilchrist reported that the MSBA requested that NLS move its traditional social from Thursday to Wednesday. Dan proposed that we keep the social on Thursday evening, after the President’s Reception. A discussion ensued regarding the request. The consensus of the Section was to keep the social on Thursday of the Convention. Katie Gettman is going to chair the committee to plan the social.

F. Conferences: Jennifer Daugherty reported that Miami conference participants are going to have an informal discussion in Miami with ABA YLD folks regarding potentially hosting a conference in Minneapolis. There are some issues with funding; namely, that the Section would have to come up with the funding for the conference.

The next conference is in Miami, and delegates and funding has already been approved. The ABA YLD Spring Conference is in Montreal, Canada, from May 3-5. Statements of interest are due to Jamal by our next meeting, February 15, 2007.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): Lacee provided a written report regarding the most up-to-date budget information she has. As of November 30, 2006, the Section has spent $2,777.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): No report.
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): No report
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): MSBA is putting its efforts towards assisting with the Courts’ budget request to the Legislature.

B. Section Director Reports: None

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Liaisons provided their reports.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:00pm, and was immediately followed by a presentation from Thomas Haunty, Certified Financial Planner.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
December 21, 2006

Members Present: Christina Weber, Jennifer Lurken, Tifanne Walter, Kelly Erickson, Jen Raykowski, Erika Donner, Dan Payne, Dan Gilchrist, Lacee Anderson

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Dan Gilchrist.

B. The Council approved the November 2006 minutes without comment.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs-Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
Shandra Pearson provided a written report. They are preparing the next edition for publication. Written articles for the spring edition will probably be due in February.

B. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Lurken)
Jennifer reported that she's working on February's CLE. She also reported that she's working to plan a CLE in Duluth this spring. Available dates were discussed.

C. Community Service (chairs-Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Christina reported that $3,300 was raised for Toys for Tots at the December social, and more than 100 toys were donated. Dan Gichrist congratulated Christina, Deanna and Katie on an excellent social and community service project.

Christina reported that they are looking to work with the HCBA New Lawyers community service chair on the Choose Law program, as HCBA is also working on the program.

D. Social/Membership: (Chair - Katie Gettman)
Katie provided a written report. Katie thanked everyone for their help on the Toys for Tots toy drive and fundraising.

William Mitchell is hosting a tri-bar social on January 25th, from 6-9 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

We are looking at having the tri-bar spring social on April 12th.

E. Miami Conference: A motion to fund Jeff Jones, Jennifer Lurken and Christina Weber for the Miami conference, was made by Erika Donner, with a friendly amendment by Dan Gilchrist, that Jeff's funding is conditional on him reporting back to the Council, attending all plenary sessions at the conference, and becoming involved with the Council. The motion, as amended, was seconded by Jen Raykowski. The motion passed unanimously.

F. ABA Young Lawyer Delegate Position: Dan reminded the Council of the new lawyer position to the House of Delegates, and to let Chair Faleel know if you're interested in applying.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): No report.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): Tom Haunty, a certified financial planner will be coming to January's Council meeting. All are encouraged to attend.
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): MSBA supports mock trial in high school, and if you can volunteer your time to judge, it would be much appreciated. (Christina Weber added that she is a high school mock trial coach, and reiterated the need for volunteer judges.)
Dan also reported that the New Lawyers have been "invited" to provide entertainment at the annual convention, after the President's Reception. Let Dan know if you have any band ideas; he already has some in the works.
Those attending the Miami conference may be pitching for Minneapolis to be the host location for the ABA YLD conference in 2008.
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): No report.

B. Section Director Reports: None

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Liaisons provided their reports.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:10pm.


MEETING MINUTES
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
November 16, 2006

Members Present: Jamal Faleel, Kelly Erickson, Katie Gettman, Dan Gilchrist, Erika Donner, Kevin Brady, Lacee Anderson, Christina Weber, Jennifer Lurken, Ben Britton, Deanna Dailey, Karen Vander Sarden, Ben Crow, Jennifer Daugherty, Nicole James, Ben Weinburger, Mike Ostern

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:40 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Jamal Faleel.

B. The Council approved the October 2006 minutes without comment.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs-Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
Kevin Brady reported that the next issue will be out in early December. They are seeking articles for the March issue. The articles are due in February. The Chair encouraged members to submit articles.

B. FEMA/YLD Disaster Services Manual for Minnesota
Jennifer Daugherty reported that her committee is working on the Manual and is also helping Wisconsin with its manual. The Manual will be provided to FEMA volunteers in the event of a natural disaster in Minnesota.

C. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Lurken)
Jennifer reported that today's CLE was on electronic discovery and the new Federal rules. The next free CLE will be in February, before the NLS Council meeting.

D. Proposed '06-'07 Budget
Lacee Anderson presented the proposed budget, in the amount of $14,500. The Chair explained the changes in this year's budget versus last year's. The budget was approved as presented.

E. Community Service (chairs-Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Christina reported that they need volunteers for shifts on the evening of December 7th, for the winter social, to collect toys at the door. They also need volunteers to take the toys to KARE 11 the following day.

Christina and Deanna discussed focusing on the "Choose Law" program, for many reasons. Contact Deanna or Christina if you have any connections to area schools or have ideas about which schools to go to.

F. Social/Membership: (Chair - Katie Gettman)
Katie reported that she found enough volunteers to make phone calls to area firms, seeking $250 Toys for Tots sponsorships for the winter social.

William Mitchell is hosting a tri-bar social on January 25th, which is a week after NLS's Council meeting.

G. ABA Fall Conference: Deanna Daily and Jennifer Daugherty provided a report on the conference. They viewed a sample "Choose Law" program set-up.

H. Miami Conference: Statements of interest are due December 11th. The Chair encouraged members to apply.
I. ABA Young Lawyer Delegate Position: Teresa Jones is current representative. Her two-year term is up next fall, 2007. The position is a representative from MSBA to the ABA House of Delegates. The term is 2 years, but could be 3 years. Your responsibilities include attending the annual and mid-year conferences. The ABA covers the following: $600 for air, $900 for hotel, registration & also provides a $200/day per diem. February 2008 conference is the first conference you'd have to attend. The NLS Council sends a nomination to the MSBA & the MSBA approves it at the Assembly meeting. The deadline to submit the nomination to MSBA is March 1st. Let Jamal know if you're interested in the position. We'll vote at the February meeting on the nomination.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): No report.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): No report.
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): The MSBA annual convention is one week later this year. There will be three tracks, like there were last year, one of which will be targeted to new lawyers.
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): Don't forget the December 11th deadline for Miami submissions.

B. Section Director Reports: None

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Liaisons provided their reports, including events that are taking place before the December meeting.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:25pm. Members were encouraged to head to Bellanote, to attend the HCBA social.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
October 19, 2006

Members Present: Rebecca Fisher, Brian Pasko, Jamal Faleel, Kelly Erickson, Mark Priore, Katie Gettman, Dan Gilchrist, Erika Donner, Kevin Brady, Lacee Anderson, Tifanne Wolter, Christina Weber, Jennifer Lurken, Autumn Tompkins, Ben Britton, Sarah McLaren, Karen Kugler, Wes Kiplinger, Sonja Larsen, Amelia Jadoo, Chad Bayse, Chanel Melin, Brian Fisher

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Jamal Faleel.

B. The Council approved the September 2006 minutes without changes.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs-Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
Kevin Brady reminded everyone that submissions for the next issue are due November 1st. They are seeking articles in any subject area and that are five pages or less, and they want articles that journalistic; not law review standards. Email either of them if you're interested in writing an article.

B. FEMA/YLD Disaster Services Manual for Minnesota
Chair Faleel provided a review of the Manual's content and purpose. Contact Jamal if you're interested in helping out with the Manual.

C. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Lurken)
A CLE will take place before the November meeting on the changes to the Federal Rules. The new rules go into effect in December, so a panel discussion is quite timely.

Jennifer was congratulated on the fabulous ethics CLE that took place before the meeting. There was great attendance and the panel did a great job.

D. Community Service (chairs-Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Christina Weber discussed the "We the Jury Project." It's not a big time commitment and it's a lot of fun. Christina also discussed the "Choose Law" program. She said that Deanna is at the ABA conference, hopefully learning more about the logistics. Contact Deanna or Christina if you're interested in helping out with either one.

Christina & Deanna are also looking for ideas for a day-long community service project where members can get out and help the community.

E. Social/Membership: (Chair - Katie Gettman)
Katie discussed the joint MSBA NLS/HCBA NLS social on December 7, 2006, at Cosmos (in the Graves 601 hotel). Just as we did last year, this year we will be asking attendees to bring a toy that can be donated to Toys for Tots. If attendees do not bring a toy, there will be a $10 charge to enter the social, so as to encourage people to bring a toy. All proceeds & toys will go to Toys for Tots. Law firms can also sponsor the social/toy drive for $250. HCBA is preparing a flyer, promoting the social and the law firm sponsors.

Katie again asked for assistance with the October 27th swearing-in ceremony for people who passed July's bar exam. We need people to attend to show NLS's face & encourage new attendees to join NLS. Katie prepared a flyer with upcoming MSBA NLS events to pass out to folks. Thanks Katie!

William Mitchell wants MSBA is hosting a tri-bar social. No date has been set yet. Lots of folks from Mitchell are interested in getting involved with MSBA NLS.

F. ABA Fall Conference: Mike Miller could not attend the conference. The funding allocated for him to go remains in NLS's funds. Deanna Daily and Jennifer Daugherty attended.

G. MSBA work on judicial elections: MSBA released the results of the plebiscite results. All the incumbents won.

III. Announcements

A. The Criminal Section is looking for volunteers to put together a criminal form. Talk to Rebecca Fisher if you're interested in helping out.

IV. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): No report.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): Received member feedback on having Thomas Haunty visit the Council and discuss his financial planning strategies for young lawyers.
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): Dan is on the MSBA Convention CLE Committee. If you have ideas, talk to Dan. The Convention is the 3rd weekend in June at the St. Paul River Center.
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): At the last MSBA Council meeting, the Council recommended looking into adding a legal research product as a benefit of MSBA membership. Minnesota is in the minority of states that does not have such a benefit through its state bar association. Jamal thinks it's a good idea. The biggest overall concern is the quality of the service.

B. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - Attractive Nuisance Tour is October 20th at the Fine Line. HCBA won the annual HCBA-RCBA flag football game.
2. Ramsey County - Mark Priore reported that November 9, 2006 is an RCBA New Lawyers social at Christos. Rake a difference is November 4th. Contact Mike Douglas if you're interested in helping out. Karen Kigler reported that RCBA is hosting a candidate forum on October 23rd, at 7:00 at Hamline. Chanel Melin reported that RCBA is looking to set up a mentoring program with MSBA sections.
3. 11th District (covering most of NE Minn.): The members are interested in getting more involved with MSBA. 3 of their members were at the ABA Fall conference in Baltimore. The group is sponsoring Kids Voting. They are again doing a professional clothing drive this year. They are also helping to organize Law Day for the 11th District. They are hoping to come down to visit us in the Cities and/or have some of the members in the Cities visit them in Duluth.

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Liaisons provided their reports, including events that are taking place before the November meeting. Jamal Faleel also reported that if you're already a liaison, let him know that you want to recommit to being a liaison again this year. If you're interested in being a liaison, let him know which committee or section you'd like to be the liaison for.

V. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:30pm. Members were encouraged to head to Lyon's Pub.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section
September 21, 2006

Members Present: Jordan Handrich, Jamal Faleel, Karen Kugler, Kelly Erickson, Mark Priore, Katie Gettman, Dale Thompson, Dan Gilchrist, Erika Donner, Kevin Brady, Bobby Hankoff, Jennifer Daugherty, Deanna Dailey, Mark Betters, Lacee Anderson, Tifanne Wolter, Harleigh Brown, Teresa Jones, David James, Nicole Druckrey, Matt Krohn, Kristine Mullmann, Shandra Pearson, Mike Ostern, Christina Weber, Jennifer Lurken, Carl Nowlin, Dan Singel, Patty Wisecup, and Mike Miller

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m. at the MSBA offices. Meeting chaired by Jamal Faleel.

B. A motion to approve the June meeting minutes, with a correction to the spelling of Jennifer Lurken's name in II.B, was made by Mike Miller and seconded by Kevin Brady. The Council approved such minutes.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay (chairs-Shandra Pearson & Kevin Brady)
Shandra Pearson and Kevin Brady were congratulated for a great Fall Hearsay newsletter. They announced that submissions for the next issue are due November 1st. They are seeking articles in any subject area and that are five pages or less. Email either of them if you're interested in writing an article.

B. FEMA/YLD Disaster Services Manual for Minnesota
Jennifer Daugherty is the new ABA District Representative for Minnesota and Wisconsin. She requested members to volunteer to create a Disaster Legal Services Manual. She also wants a standing committee that is charged with putting together this manual.

Teresa Jones asked if this should be a standing committee or an ad hoc committee. Jennifer Daugherty and Chair Faleel explained that they discussed this and decided that a standing committee would be better because there is a need for such a committee in future years; the committee will update the Manual.

Jennifer Daugherty moved to create a standing committee and Mark Betters seconded the Motion. The motion passed. If you are interested in being part of the committee, let Jamal or Jennifer know.

C. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Lurken)
A fall CLE will take place on October 19, 2006, before the monthly NLS meeting. There will be a panel of one judge and two senior attorneys who will be discussing ethical issues that could be encountered by associates. The CLE is tentatively set to being at 4:10pm.

Jennifer is looking into coordinating a joint CLE with the Duluth affiliate in Duluth. Contact Jennifer if you have any ideas for future CLEs.

D. Community Service (chairs-Deanna Dailey and Christina Weber)
Jamal Faleel is seeking volunteers to assist in possibly setting up a candidates forum at the MSBA offices sometime in late October. There was discussion regarding the format and location. Katie Gettman agreed to assist in setting up the logistics of the forum.

Deanna Dailey discussed the "We the Jury Project" and said that we will again be doing this project this year. She reported that she had a lot of fun doing it last year, and that future volunteers similarly will have fun and that it is not a big time commitment, as there is only a two hour training and you spend three hours in the high school. More details will follow.

Jamal Faleel reported that the ABA/YLD community service theme this year is "Choose Law: A Profession for All." The goal is to promote the legal profession to minority high school students. There is a video that the ABA has made that lawyers can take into high schools. More details will follow.

E. Social/Membership: (Chair - Katie Gettman)
The MSBA NLS, in conjunction with HCBA NLS's monthly social, is hosting a winter social on December 7, 2006, at Cosmos (in the Graves 601 hotel). Just as we did last year, this year we will be asking attendees to bring a toy that can be donated to Toys for Tots. If attendees do not bring a toy, there will be a charge to enter the social, so as to encourage people to bring a toy. Several big sponsors have been secured, including Pat Carl and Fredrickson & Byron. There was some discussion as to whether lower-level sponsorships should be part of the social.

October 27th is the swearing-in ceremony for people who passed July's bar exam. We need people to attend to show NLS's face & encourage new attendees to join NLS. All newly admitted attorneys get a free MSBA membership for one year, and we want them to continue that membership past the first year.

An MSBA rep from William Mitchell wants MSBA to do programming at the school. There was some discussion about sponsoring a networking event at William Mitchell sometime this year.

F. Hawaii ABA Conference Reimbursement: Lacee Anderson, treasurer, reported that NLS has a budget of $14,500 for the year, which is $500 more than we had last year. From the suggested budget allocating, we have a $1,600 surplus, and have to decide where to allocate the surplus money. Additionally, NLS does not get billed for MSBA staff members' time anymore, so that will be an additional windfall of funds to the budget. Dan Gilchrest and Mike Miller spent approximately $2000 out-of-pocket to attend the Annual ABA Convention last August in Honolulu. This out-of-pocket amount includes the $400 already reimbursed from last year's NLS budget for registration fees and hotel deposit. Both of them requested $900 each out of this year's budget as reimbursement for their expenses.

Erika Donner made a motion that $1800 be allocated to Dan and Mike, at $900 each. Patty Wisecup seconded the motion. The motion passed.

G. ABA Fall Conference: Jamal Faleel reported that we have allocated funding for two people to attend the ABA's fall conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Mike Miller previously submitted his name for consideration for funding. Because there will be a lot of discussion regarding the ABA/YLD's "Choose Law" community service project, it was suggested that one of the Community Service Co-Chairs, Deanna Dailey or Christina Weber, attend the conference as the second person.

Lacee Anderson moved that $400 be provided to Mike Miller and $400 be provided to Deanna or Christina (to be decided between them) to attend the ABA Fall Conference. This motion was seconded by Matt Krohn. The motion passed.

H. ABA District Representative Funding: Jennifer Daugherty requested funding to defray some of the expenses she will incur this year in her duties as the ABA District Representative for Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is required to attend all ABA conferences. The ABA provides per diem funding for every conference, except it provides no funding to attend the Annual conference in August 2007.

There was discussion as to how much funding the ABA provides, how much funding other new lawyers groups provide their delegates across the county, and how the request for funding fits into NLS's overall budget.

Matt Krohn suggested that all of Jennifer's expenses that are not covered by the ABA be covered by NLS. Jamal Faleel explained that we want to be somewhat conservative with our funding because we've never funded this position before. Additionally, we do not want NLS's travel budget to be so disproportionate to the rest of the budget because the budget is reviewed by MSBA annually, and they will not look favorably on such a disproportionate amount of funding going all to travel.

Dan Gilchrist made a motion to fund up to $1,000 to Jennifer Daugherty for supplemental expenses that are not covered by the ABA. Karen Kugler seconded the motion. The motion passed, with one "no" vote.

I. Lawline: Chair Faleel reported that KSTP doesn't want us to do Lawline anymore and attendance from us was seriously waning. There were no objections to discontinuing the project.

J. MSBA work on judicial elections: Chair Faleel encouraged members to vote on the plebiscite provided by MSBA in the county contested district court seats and the one contested Court of Appeals seat. MSBA cannot endorse candidates, so what it does instead is merely let the public know who its members chose. So, make your vote heard and make sure to vote because the MSBA releases the results.

K. MSBA Volunteer Reimbursement Policy: Chair Faleel reported that MSBA was seeking feedback as to whether volunteers should be paid. Jamal explained that MSBA has a policy where volunteers, presenters, etc. are not paid to attend MSBA events, such as CLEs and the Annual Convention. There was some discussion about whether this policy would change. NLS members thought that people who present or attend such events are able to get their name out, promote themselves or their product/presentation, and that, therefore, those folks should not be paid. NLS, essentially, said that Chair Faleel should take back the recommendation from NLS that the policy of non-payment remain the same.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Lacee Anderson): see discussion above about budget.
2. Secretary (Erika Donner): will discuss at next meeting the possibility of having Tom Haunty, a financial advisor for young lawyers, talk at a future meeting or before a future meeting. If anyone wants to borrow his new book, "Financial Planning for Young Lawyers: How to Build Your Financial House," let Erika know.
3. Vice Chair (Dan Gilchrist ): none (will save his report for next meeting, because of time constraints).
4. Chair (Jamal Faleel): The MSBA Assembly voted to approve the proposal from the LAD committee that up to six hours of CLE credit be from pro bono work. The proposal will now be sent to the Minnesota Supreme Court for consideration.

B. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - October 16, 2006 is an HCBA New Lawyers social at Bellanote.
2. Ramsey County - Mark Priore reported that November 9, 2006 is an RCBA New Lawyers social at Christos. Summit Brewery is no longer accepting private parties, so previous plans to have the social at that location were changed to Christos. On October 15, 2006, the annual flag football game between the New Lawyers sections of Ramsey County and Hennepin County is taking place at noon, at Lake Calhoun. Show up if you want to play. The second Thursday of every month is the RCBA New Lawyers social. Please come. Rake a difference is November 4th. Contact Mike Douglas if you're interested in helping out.

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website): Jamal Faleel reported that if you're already a liaison, let him know that you want to recommit to being a liaison again this year. If you're interested in being a liaison, let him know which committee or section you'd like to be the liaison for. The requirements for a liaison are posted on the NLS Web site. Jamal also reported that the liaison position for the Labor and Employment Section is open, and David James would like the position. Darin Hall is leaving the ADR liaison position. Also, Angela Hall would like to be the liaison to the Diversity Committee. The positions are chair appointed, so no vote was taken to approve the new positions.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:55pm. Members were encouraged to head to Lyon's Pub for an NLS-sponsored social.


 

Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers' Section
April 20, 2006

Members Present: Bridget McCauley Nason, Dan Gilchrist, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Erika Donner, Wayde Brooks, Bobby Hankoff, Jennifer Daugherty, Deanna Dailey, Mark Betters, Darin Allen, Renee Anderson, Lacee Anderson, Nick O'Connell, Tony Kuehn, Beth Weinberger, Sarah Bashiri, Kristin Olson, Patty Wisecup, and Mike Miller.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 4:05 p.m. at Nochee. Meeting chaired by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher.

B. The Council approved the March meeting minutes.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay.
Ms. Daugherty reported due date for submissions to next issue is May 1. The deadline for the subsequent issue is June 1.

B. Lawline. Chair has called other local stations to re-initiate the Program and has no new leads.

C. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Daugherty)
No more CLEs for this year. Will discuss next year's CLE committee chair at May council.

D. Community Service
1. Deanna Dailey reported that the MSBA "We the Jury Project" will take place at Como School. Sonia Miller Van Ort is the project lead.
2. Katrina Relief. (NLS Infrastructure subcommittee). Chair reported an office furniture drive has been very successful. MSBA has partnered with four legal aid groups in Gulf Region. Goal of $400,000 was exceeded.
3. Law Day 2006 - Deanna Dailey suggested the Section set up booths at the local law schools to discuss Separation of Powers. Volunteers needed.
4. Chair reported Criminal Law Section will create meth video to show in schools
5. "Wills for Heroes" - NLS will participate with Probate Law Section, but the Probate Section must take the lead due to its membership expertise.

E. Social/Membership: (Chair - Lacee Anderson)
- Chair encouraged members to attend MSBA Convention.
- Renee Anderson discussed the idea of initiating law school chapters.
- chair asked for volunteers to attend the May 12 swearing-in ceremony.
- A cross-discipline networking event to be held at Solera on Tuesday.

F. Change in Bylaws: We plan to have final version to Governance Committee. The Council voted on the following with respect to the NLS Bylaw: Section 6.2 - retain coin toss language; Section 12.2 - change telephone notice to email notice; Section 16.1 - replace ratification language with proposed language. All other proposed edits were approved by Council.

G. Annual MSBA Convention Committee (Jamal Faleel): Scheduled for June 21-23 at Madden's Resort. NLS meeting is scheduled for 7:30 am.

H. ABA District REP will be Jennifer Daugherty.

I. Minnesota Lawyer "Up and Coming" named Jennifer Daugherty and Dan Gilchrist, among others.

J. Officer and committee chair elections coming up. The council voted Rebecca Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer and Sarah Bashiri nominating committee. Statements of interest due May 8.

K. Section Service Policy Change: MSBA assembly will vote on eliminating hourly service billings to sections.

L. ABA Award of Achievement: nominations due to ABA ALD June 7.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Erika Donner): none.
2. Secretary (Dan Gilchrist): none
3. Vice Chair (Jamal Faleel): absent.
4. Chair (Rebecca Fisher): Encouraged outreach to affiliates.

B. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - no report.
2. Ramsey County - Sarah Bashiri - RCBA is planning a fall social.

C. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website):
1. Public law: Requested participation by new lawyers in meetings and volunteer events.
2. Civil Litigation Committee: Verbal report by Nick O'Connell
3. MDLA - Lacee Anderson reported a CLE at Larsen King on May 11.
4. Call for volunteers to act as "Hearsay" editors for next year.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was called to adjourn at 5:10 (Spring Social follows).


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers' Section
March 16, 2006

Members Present: Bridget McCauley Nason, Jennifer Raykowski, Dan Gilchrist, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Erika Donner, Kevin Brady, Bobby Hankoff, Jennifer Daugherty, Deanna Dailey, Virginia Cronin, Craig Sandock, Mark Betters, Darin Allen, Mike Ostrem, Wayde Brooks and Chanel Melin.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:30 p.m. Meeting chaired by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher.

B. The Council approved the February meeting minutes.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay.
Ms. Daugherty reported due date for submissions to next issue is May 1.

B. Lawline. Chair reported that KSTP has cancelled Lawline because Lawline doesn't conform to the new station format. Chair has called other local stations to re-initiate the Program and is awaiting response.

C. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Daugherty)
1. February 24 CLE "North Country: A legal perspective on the case behind the movie" NLS co-sponsored with MSBA Human Rights Committee and others.
2. March 16: "Discovery in the digital world". Free.
3. Council discussed future CLE opportunities.

D. Community Service
1. Deanna Dailey reported that the MSBA We the Jury Project gave training to volunteers. Local schools have been mostly selected for the public service program to commence in Spring. Sonia Miller Van Ort is the project lead.
2. Katrina Relief. (NLS Infrastructure subcommittee). Chair reported an office furniture drive has been very successful. MSBA has partnered with four legal aid groups in Gulf Region. Goal of $400,000 was exceeded. A lot of additional furniture is in Duluth awaiting transport.
3. Law Day 2006 - Deanna Dailey suggested the Section set up booths at the local law schools.
4. Chair reported Criminal Law Section will create meth video to show in schools
5. "Wills for Heroes" - Our probate law liaison suggested that three or four section members expressed interest. More to follow.

E. Social/Membership: (Chair - Lacee Anderson - on maternity leave)
- Spring Social - Ms. Daugherty will assist in organization of Spring Social in absence of Ms. Anderson. Council voted to devote $700 towards cost of food and door prizes.

F. Change in Bylaws: According to Renee, there has been no movement on changes to Bylaws.

G. Annual MSBA Convention Committee (Jamal Faleel): Scheduled for June 21-23 at Madden's Resort. NLS meeting is scheduled for 7:30 am.

H. Council members voted by secret ballot for ABA District Rep for MN and WI for 2006-2008. Applicants were: Chanel Melin, Lacee Anderson (not present) and Jennifer Daugherty. Each present applicant made a short speech and left the room to allow Council discussion. Ballots were collected and counted by Renee Anderson. Results to be released at next council meeting.

I. ABA YLD Spring Conference and Hawaii Annual Conference Delegates.
1. The council approved funding of $500 each for Lacee Anderson, Jennifer Daugherty, Patty Wisecup and Matt Krohn to attend Portland conference.
2. The Council approve delegates to Hawaii, but amount of funding deferred - Jamel Faleel, Dan Gilchrist, Erika Donner, Darin Allen (to be funded by outside source), and plus an alternate.

J. Minnesota Lawyer "Up and Coming" award. The NLS made three nominations.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Erika Donner): Submitted written report estimated spending at $5,455 as of the end of December.
2. Secretary (Dan Gilchrist): none
3. Vice Chair (absent).
4. Chair (Rebecca Fisher): none.

B. Delegate/Representative Reports

1. MSBA Council - no report.
2. MSBA Assembly - no report.
3. ABA House of Delegates - no report.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - no report.
2. 3rd District (Rochester) - Melissa Saunders wants to re-activate chapter.
3. 11th District (Duluth) - no report..
4. 5th District (Mankato) - no report.
5. 1st District (Dakota County) - no report.

D. Liaison Reports (all liaisons names are listed on NLS website):
1. Public law: Requested participation by new lawyers in meetings and volunteer events.
2. Construction Law: CLE on April 14 on Concrete Litigation.
3. Probate: Free CLE next month, date TBA
4. Criminal Law: CLE next month at Marquette Hotel with a recap afterwards at Mission.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was called to adjourn at 6:35.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers' Section
February 16, 2006

Members Present: Jamal Faleel, Adam Gillette, Bridget McCauley Nason, Elizabeth Weinberger, Jennifer Raykowski, Dan Gilchrist, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Erika Donner, Kevin Brady, Bobby Hankoff, Dale Thompson, Brian Fischer, Derk Schwegler, Ryan Gaulke, Jennifer Daugherty, Mike Miller, Heidi Braunwarth, Amy Mason, Matt Krohn and Michael Salchert.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:30 p.m. Meeting chaired by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher.

B. The Council approved the revised December meeting minutes and the January meeting minutes.

II. New Business

A. Hearsay.
1. Ms. Daugherty reported next issue will be e-mailed to members on about March 1; gave call for articles for the following issue.
2. Chair reported Hearsay may become more applicable to law students at the suggestion of the membership committee.

B. Lawline. Chair reported that KSTP has cancelled Lawline because Lawline doesn't conform to the new station format.

C. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Daugherty)
1. February 24 CLE "North Country: A legal perspective on the case behind the movie" NLS co-sponsored with MSBA Human Rights Committee and others.
2. A March 16 CLE is planned. "Discovery in the digital world". Free.

D. Community Service
1. The Chair reported that the MSBA We the Jury Project will give training to volunteers on February 23. Local schools have been mostly selected for the public service program to commence in Spring. Sonia Miller Van Ort is the project lead.
2. MSBA Mock Trial Program. Chair called for volunteers.
3. Katrina Relief. (NLS Infrastructure subcommittee). Chair reported an office furniture drive has been very successful. MSBA has partnered with four legal aid groups in Gulf Region. Goal of $400,000 was exceeded. A lot of additional furniture is in Duluth awaiting transport.
4. Law Day 2006 - Chair described planned events at capitol and requested Ms. Dailey to report back with ABA ideas.
5. Chair reported Criminal Law Section will create meth video to show in schools

E. Social/Membership: (Chair - Lacee Anderson - on maternity leave)
- Student Recruitment: Renee Anderson reported February 7 law student mixer a huge success
- Spring Social - Ms. Daugherty will assist in organization of Spring Social in absence of Ms. Anderson.

F. Change in Bylaws: Chair reported the bylaws have been largely updated with help from Beth Weinberger.

G. ABA Conference in Chicago - February 8-13. ABA YLD voted on three resolutions. YLD adopted resolution 103 (opposing limits on medical damages); voted down resolution 177B (calling for dues increases); and adopted Resolution 107E (opposing detention of non-flight risk illegal aliens awaiting deportation hearing).

H. Diversity Task Force - Arthur Boylan (absent).

I. Annual MSBA Convention Committee (Jamal Faleel): Scheduled for June 21-23 at Madden's Resort. NLS meeting is scheduled for 7:30 am.

J. New liaisons:
- The new liaison to the Public Law Section (Cynthia Kirchoff) has resigned.
- Mr. Faleel nominated Ryan Gaulke as liaison to International Business Law Section. Mr. Brady seconded the motion. Passed by council.

K. ABA District Rep for MN and WI for 2006-2008. Statements of interest should be sent be sent to Chair by March 1. The current rep send the names and the district groups vote on the new rep.

L. Chair reported the following: ABA appointments for YLD committees, teams and boards
- eligibility = must be born after 8-31-70 or admitted to practice after 8-31-01
- Go to abanet.org/yld/appointments contact Renee Lugo if have problems with application online at lugor@staff.abanet.org or 312.988.5611
- deadline is 2-28-06 for online applications
- to confirm appointment go to abanet.org/yld/appointments after March 15, 2006
- if want to be on a planning board or general member of committee can sign up at anytime throughout the year at abanet.org/yld/committees.html.

M. ABA YLD Spring Conference and Hawaii Annual Conference Delegates. Statements of interest due to Chair by March 1. Vote at next council meeting.

N. Minnesota Lawyer "Up and Coming" award. The NLS may submit a candidate. Nominations due to Chair by March 1. NLS nominating committee will select final candidate and send to Minnesota Lawyer. Mr. Krohn motioned that the nominating committee consist of Jason Kohlmeyer, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher and Jamal Faleel. Ms. Daugherty seconded the motion. Motion passed by council.

III. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Erika Donner): Submitted written report estimated spending at $5,455 as of the end of December.
2. Secretary (Dan Gilchrist): Requested that volunteers assist with organizing the Spring Social. Krohn, Mason and Daugherty volunteered.
3. Vice Chair (Jamal Faleel): Reported convention committee discussed proposal to pay CLE presenters.
4. Chair (Rebecca Fisher): none.

B. Delegate/Representative Reports

1. MSBA Council - Chair reported on lunch with appellate judges and council members.
2. MSBA Assembly - no report.
3. ABA House of Delegates - no report.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - no report.
2. Ramsey County - (Schwegler) Wants to host a Tri-bar fall social in St. Paul. Next social will be at McGovern's Bar.
3. 3rd District (Rochester) - Melissa Saunders wants to re-activate chapter.
4. 11th District (Duluth) - Brian Fischer reported NLS clothing drive, furniture drive for Katrina victims and has active Lawline-like program.
5. 5th District (Mankato) - no report.
6. 1st District (Dakota County) - Matt Krohn reported he is trying to establish a council for this affiliate.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. Bridget Nason reported next public law section meting next month.
2. Chair reported Crim law section hosting a meeting with legislators next week at the Lexington Bar in St. Paul and is also hosting a CLE April 6.
3. Brian Fischer reported the Anti-Trust Section conducts lunch-time events to discuss related topics and the group has two upcoming programs scheduled.

IV. Adjournment: The meeting was called to adjourn at 6:35.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers' Section
January 19, 2006

Members Present: Jamal Faleel, Cynthia Kirchoff, Gena Berglund, Nicole Druckery, Danell Olson, Kristy Zasman, Deanna Daley, Adam Gillette, Bridget McCauley Nason, Chanel Melin, Elizabeth Weinberger, Caldwell Camero, Chris Frank, Jennifer Raykowski, Leah Bailey, Teresa Jones, Dan Gilchrist, Rebecca Fisher, Erika Donner, Art Boylan, Kevin Brady, Bobby Hankoff, Darin Allen, Dale Thompson, and Virginia Cronin.

I. Opening Business

A. Guest Speaker - Brad Thorson from Volunteer Lawyer Network. Discussed and distributed draft proposal for CLE credit for Pro Bono work. Final draft should be presented to MSBA by June.

B. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:40 p.m. Meeting chaired by Rebecca Fisher.

C. Darin Allen requested correction to December meeting minutes. Minutes not approved.

II. Old Business

A. Hearsay. Editors not present. Chair called for articles.

B. Lawline. Chair requested attendance at Lawline for January.

III. New Business

A. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Daugherty (not in attendance))
1. Chair reported Craig Klausing of the Professional Responsibility Board presented a 1.0 credit ethics CLE on "Professional Responsibility" at 4:15 on January 19th. Turnout estimated at 40 people.
2. A March CLE is planned. Topic is open but Kevin Brady is working on electronic discovery CLE, hopefully with a federal judge.

B. Community Service
1. The Chair reported MSBA Jury Project will have training on January 13 and 23. Local schools have been mostly selected for the public service program to commence in Spring. Sonia Miller Van Ort is the project lead. Volunteers needed. Ms. Melin motioned the council fund $75 for food at training, Mr. Allen seconded, passed by Council.
2. MSBA Mock Trial Program. Chair called for volunteers.
3. Katrina Relief. (NLS Infrastructure subcommittee). Chair reported an office furniture drive is underway. Flyers will be sent out soon. Transportation needs to be arranged by the end of January. MSBA has partnered with four legal aid groups in Gulf Region. Goal is $400,000 in furniture donation.
4. Law Day 2006 - Chair described planned events at capitol and requested input for new ideas for NLS and Law Day.

C. Social/Membership: (Chair - Lacee Anderson - not in attendance)
- New Lawyer Experience was held last week, NLS co-sponsored the reception.
- Student Recruitment: The council discussed upcoming social event with the law students, coordinated by the MSBA.

D. Change in Bylaws: Newly revised bylaws are still pending review by the MSBA. Mr. Groshens of MSBA provided model language NLS should insert. .

E. ABA Conference in Chicago - February 8-13. four delegates: Chanel Melin, Matt Krohn, Darrin Allen, and Rebecca Fisher will report next meeting.

F. Diversity Task Force - Arthur Boylan reported much has happened. Two reports issued. Surveys being held to update reports. Group meets weekly.

G. Annual MSBA Convention Committee (Jamal Faleel): Scheduled for June 21-23 at Madden's Resort. NLS meeting is scheduled for 7:30.

H. New liaisons:
- The council approved new liaison to the Public Law Section (Cynthia Kirchoff, and Legal Assistance to Disadvantaged (Leah Weaver).
- Civil litigation report- Arthur Boylan reported will provided CLE "And Justice for All" at convention in June.
I. ABA District Rep for MN and WI for 2006-2008. Statements of interest should be sent be sent by February meeting with a vote in the March meeting.

Eligibility 1) ABA member for current bar year and for term of service
2) born after 8-31-71 or licensed to practice after 8-31-02
3) register to attend and attended on of YLDs recent national conferences (Chicago Aug 2005, Louisville 2005, Chicago 2006 or Portland 2006)
4) live or have principal place of business in district (MN)
statements of interest due March 2006 meeting.
-Statement of interest due by March 1.

J. ABA appointments for YLD committees, teams and boards
- eligibility = must be born after 8-31-70 or admitted to practice after 8-31-01
- Go to abanet.org/yld/appointments contact Renee Lugo if have problems with application online at lugor@staff.abanet.org or 312.988.5611
- deadline is 2-28-06 for online applications
- to confirm appointment go to abanet.org/yld/appointments after March 15, 2006
- if want to be on a planning board or general member of committee can sing up at anytime throughout the year at abanet.org/yld/committees.html

IV. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Erika Donner): Submitted written report estimated spending at $2,455 as of end of November.
2. Secretary (Dan Gilchrist): none.
3. Vice Chair (Jamal Faleel): none.
4. Chair (Rebecca Fisher): none.

B. Delegate/Representative Reports

1. MSBA Council - Chair - lunch with supreme court justices last week.
2. MSBA Assembly - no report.
3. ABA House of Delegates - no report.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - Bobby Hankoff reported the need for volunteers in People Serving People. Last week HCBA NLS sponsored an evening of Bowling.
2. 3rd District (Rochester) - Melissa Saunders wants to re-activate chapter.
3. 5th District (Mankato) - Mark Betters reported the affiliate is active: they have socials and discussion groups.
4. 1st District (Dakota County) - Matt Krohn reported he is trying to establish a council for this affiliate.

D. Liaison Reports

1. Ms. Cronin reported the Criminal Law Section is sponsoring "Life of a Salesman" which promotes persuasion techniques in opening and closing arguments; mixed at Lexington Feb 23; Anti-Meth video; and CLE in summer (convention?)
2. Mr. Allen reported the ADR section is working on the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act which may be rolled out in 2006.
3. Mr. Gilchrist report Business Law Section wants pro bono volunteers for Legal Corps.
V. Adjournment: The meeting was called to adjourn at 6:35.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers' Section
December 15, 2005
(Revised)

Members Present: Dan Gilchrist, Rebecca Fisher, Ericka Donner, Mark Priorie, Jamal Faleel, Matt Krohn, Patty Wisecup, Art Boylan, Mark Betters, Kevin Brady, Jason Kohlmeyer, Bobby Hankoff, Darin Allen, Dale Thompson, and Virginia Cronin.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:30 p.m. Meeting chaired by Rebecca Fisher.

B. The November meeting minutes were approved by council.

II. Old Business

A. Hearsay. The chair announced that the article deadline for the next issue is February 1. The chair mentioned that the editors, Lacee Anderson and Jennifer Daugherty, had recently sent a call for articles.

B. Lawline. Rebecca Fisher requested attendance at Lawline for December.

III. New Business

A. Student Recruitment: The council discussed a proposed February social event with the law students that will be coordinated by the MSBA. MSBA is suggesting that chapters be initiated at the law schools. No action on initiating new chapters was taken at this meeting.

B. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Daugherty (not in attendance))
1. The next free CLE will be on January 19th. (Craig Klausing of the Professional Responsibility Board will present an 1.0 credit ethics CLE on "Professional Responsibility" at 4:15).
2. A March CLE is planned. Details will follow at the next council meeting.

C. Community Service
1. The Chair reported MSBA Jury Project will have a meeting on January 3rd. Local schools have been mostly selected for the public service program to commence in the Spring. Sonia Miller Van Ort is the project lead.
2. Liz Nelson of the MSBA Mock Trial Program is seeking volunteers for the high school Mock Trial program.
3. Methamphetamines. The Criminal Law Section will present an "anti-meth" video for viewing by middle school children. Volunteers are needed to assist in presenting the video to schools next spring.


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyers' Section Meeting
November 17, 2005

Members Present: Dan Gilchrist, Rebecca Fisher, Chanel Melin, Grant Fairbairu, Danell Olson, Ericka Donner, Mark Priorie, Jennifer Daugherty, Deanna Dailey, Jamal Faleel, Derk Schwegler, Sam Sigelman, and Ryan Maguus.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m. Meeting chaired by Jamel Faleel, (Rebecca Fisher joined by phone).

B. The October meeting minutes were approved by council.

II. Old Business

A. Hearsay. Next issue due out in December. Article deadline for the next issue is February 1. The editors are Lacee Anderson Jennifer Daugherty, both of the Larson King law firm.

B. Lawline. Rebecca Fisher requested attendance at Lawline for November.

III. New Business

A. Annual MSBA Meeting: Scheduled for June 21-23 at Madden's Resort.

1. The band "Scatters" is willing to play at the social (to be held following the President's Reception)..

B. CLEs (chair - Jennifer Daugherty)
1. The next free CLE will be on January 19th. (Craig Klausing of the Professional Responsibility Board).
2. The March details will follow at the next council meeting.

C. Community Service
1. Jury Project with local schools instructing students on the importance of jury service to the legal system will commence in the Spring.
2. Liz Nelson of the MSBA Mock Trial Program is seeking volunteers for the high school Mock Trial program.
3. Methamphetamines. The Criminal Law Section will present an "anti-meth" video for viewing by middle school children. Volunteers are needed to assist in presenting the video to schools next spring.

D. Change in Bylaws: Newly revised bylaws are pending review by the MSBA.

E. ABA Conference in Chicago - February 8-13. Statement of interest due to Rebecca by 12-12-05. Delegates will be selected by vote and the December council meeting.

F. Social/Membership:

1. The Chair reported that the fall social will be held with HCBA NLS on December 6 at 5:30 at Cosmos in downtown Minneapolis.
2. NLS has approved funding of $600 for costs associated with the fall social.
3. HCBA has found a sponsor.
4. NLS attended the new lawyer swearing-in ceremony to encourage new membership.
5. Law student networking activity will happen in 2006. Details will follow.

IV. Reports

A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer (Ericka Donner): no report.
2. Secretary (Dan Gilchrist): suggested we send four delegates to Chicago.
3. Vice Chair (Jamal Faleel): no report.
4. Chair (Rebecca Fisher): reported that the Attractive Nuisance Tour was a big success.

B. Delegate/Representative Reports

1. MSBA Council - no report.
2. MSBA Assembly - no report.
3. ABA house of Delegates - no report.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - Dan Gilchrist reported the HCBA NLS is having a Nuts & Bolts CLE on December 6th and is sponsoring the fall social.

2. Ramsey County - Derk S. reported the RCBA holding a holiday party at DiGidio's on December 13th and a winter party on January 12th at Kincaids.

D. Liaison Reports

1. Ms. Melin reported the Construction Law Section is having a CLE and Social November 18th.
2. The council voted to approve Ericka Donner be made liaison to MTLA.

V. Adjournment: The meeting was called to adjourn at 6:31.

Minutes from the 2005-06 fiscal year will be posted here.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyers' Section
October 20, 2005

Members Present: Dan Gilchrist, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Chanel Melin, Dale Thompson, Darin Allen, Bobby Hankoff, Nick O'Connell, Art Boylan, M. Andrew Urano, Lacee Anderson, Jennifer Daugherty, Peter W. Wanning, Deanna Dailey, Wayde Brooks, Robert Gadtke, Malee Ketelsen, Mark Priore, Ilyse Goldsmith, Nicole Haaning, Jamal Faleel, Katrina Wass, Nicole Druckery, Mike Miller, Derk Schwegler, Mike McCain, and Robert Gadtke.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:30 p.m. Meeting chaired by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher.

B. The February, May, June and September meeting minutes were approved by council.

II. Old Business

A. Hearsay. Next issue due out in December. Article deadline is November 1. The editors are Lacee Anderson Jennifer Daugherty, both of the Larson King law firm.

B. Lawline. Chair reported a substantial increase in attendance at Lawline in September. Discussed lawyers taking calls must be licensed in Minnesota and MSBA members as she had inquiries from law students and lawyers licensed in other states.

III. New Business

A. Annual MSBA Meeting: Scheduled for June 21-23 at Madden's Resort.

1. Chair reported she was aware of a better band willing to play at the social.
2. Vice Chair, a member of convention committee, reported that the committee will increase marketing efforts to firms and otherwise to increase attendance by new lawyers.
3. Any programming ideas for the convention must be made by the next convention committee meeting on November 7th.

B. CLEs
1. Joan Biblehausen presented a free Elimination of Bias CLE to the NLS immediately prior to this council meeting entitled "Chronic Stress, Chemical Dependency, and Mental Illness in the Practice of Law".
2. The CLE committee is planning additional free CLEs coming in January, February or March with details to follow at the next council meeting.

C. Community Service
1. The committee chair, Deana, was not in attendance and submitted no report.
2. The chair announced intentions of the NLS to assist in organizing a Jury Project with local schools instructing students on the importance of jury service to the legal system.
3. The chair reported that Liz Nelson of the MSBA Mock Trial Program spoke to the NLS members just prior to the council meeting regarding volunteer opportunities with the MSBA high school mock trial program.
4. Law Day 2006. The Chair reported the MSBA and the various Minnesota governmental agencies and branches will conduct a Law Day poster contest with middle school children involvement.
5. Methamphetamines. The chair reported that MSBA and various governmental agencies will produce an "anti-meth" video for viewing by middle school and/or high school children. She requested volunteers to assist in presenting the video to schools next spring.

D. Change in Bylaws: The chair reported that Jill Pearson submitted proposed revisions to the NLS bylaws which include updates to reflect the new MSBA governance structure and the three new committees (Social/recruitment, Community Service, and CLE). The revised by laws will be reviewed by Renee Anderson and Tim Groshens by the next meeting.

E. ABA/YLD District Rep position 2006-2008: The chair reported that this position will become available to anyone interested and qualified to pursue it. More details will follow in the coming months. Check the ABA website for better details.

F. Social/Membership:

1. Lacee Anderson, chair of Social Committee, reported that she has reserved a space at LOTO in Galtier Plaza of Lowertown St. Paul on Thursday, November 17th for a tri-bar fall social event.
2. Dan G. moved to fund up to $600 for costs associated with the fall social. Mark P. seconded the motion and the council approved it.
3. HCBA and RCBA are expected to contribute through sponsors or otherwise to the cost of the fall social.
4. NLS will attend the new lawyer swearing-in ceremony at about 8:30 on October 28. The chair and Lacee A. agreed to represent the NLS. Dan G. will create flyers and may also attend.

G. Diversity Task Force: Arthur Boylan reports that the task force had not yet met.

IV. Reports
A. Officer Reports
1. Treasurer (Ericka Donner): absent
2. Secretary (Dan Gilchrist): no report
3. Vice Chair (Jamal Faleel): Asked for ongoing input on which programs for the convention would be most helpful
4. Chair (Rebecca Fisher): reported that three people expressed interest to be co-liaisons to the Employment Law Section (Nicole Druckrey, Michael McCain, and Ilyse Goldsmith), Robert Gadtke expressed interest to be the family law liaison, Jessica Theisen wished to withdraw as the legislative liaison due to other time commitments, and the chair wishes to withdraw as Criminal Law liaison so that someone else interested can fill the position and . The motions passed. OUR NEXT MEETING WILL LIKELY BE HELD AT 4:30 AT LOTO JUST BEFORE THE FALL SOCIAL.

B. Delegate/Representative Reports

1. MSBA Council - the chair reported the assembly passed funding for 1) minority clerkship program and 2) solo pilot program
2. MSBA Assembly -
3. ABA house of Delegates - Teresa Jones submitted a 20 page written report on the ABA Annual Convention. The chair has a copy for anyone to review.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County - Bobby H. reported the HCBA NLS community service subcommittee is looking for volunteers to rake leafs for the elderly and other volunteer programs (prom dress program, etc.)

2. Ramsey County - Derk S. reported the HCBA NLS will sponsor a pre-Bench & Bar Dinner social event at the St. Paul Hotel on October 29, reminded us of the Ramsey - Hennepin flag football game this coming Saturday, and the "Rake a Difference" on November 7, 2005..

D. Liaison Reports

1. Dale Thompson - Business Law Section is considering drafting proposed edits to the corporation laws
2. Darin Allen - ADR Section is proposing changes to ADR statutes
3. Lacee Anderson - MLDA sponsors brown bag seminars(call her for details), and MLDA will be having a winter conference in addition to it summer conference in Duluth next August

V. Adjournment:
The meeting was called to adjourn at 6:31.


Meeting Minutes
Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyers' Section
September 15, 2005

Members Present: Dan Gilchrist, Kevin Brady, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Chanel Melin, Dale Thompson, Jill Pearson, Danell Olson, Erika Donner, Darin Allen, Bobby Hankoff, Mike Ostirm, Nick O'Connell, Art Boylan, M. Andrew Urano, Lacee Anderson, Jennifer Daugherty, Peter W. Wanning, Deanna Dailey, Wayde Brooks, Robert Gadtke, Malee Ketelsen, Mark Priore and Brittney Doherty.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:30 p.m. Meeting chaired by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher.
B. The February, May and June meeting minutes were tabled for approval until the next NLS council meeting.

II. Old Business

A. Hearsay. New issue out today. Next issue due out in December. Article deadline is November 1. The editors are Lacee Anderson and Jennifer Daugherty, both of the Larson King law firm.
B. Lawline. Chair asked for more volunteers for the KSTP Lawline Project. The proposed changes to Rule 6.5 should assist this pro bono service.
C. Budget. The treasurer reported fiscal year funding in the amount of $14,000. Ms. Melin moved to approve the budget as presented. The motion was seconded and approved by the council.

III. A. Officer Reports

1. Treasurer: no report
2. Secretary: no report
3. Vice Chair: absent
4. Chair
(a) 2006 Annual Convention at Madden's Resort.
We hope to have NLS scholarships.
(b) Free CLE on October 20, 2005 to be presented by Joan
Bibelhausen.

NEW COMMITTEES: Wayde Brooks made a motion to establish three standing committees (CLE, Social/Membership, and Community Service), the motion was seconded by Kevin Brady and was adopted by the council. Dan Gilchrist made a motion to appoint Jennifer Daugherty as chair of CLE committee, Lacy Anderson as chair of Social/Membership committee, and Deanna Dailey as chair of Community Service committee. The motion was seconded by the Chair and adopted by the council.

(c) Community Service Projects:

- Mock Trial: Brittney Doherty presented how mock trial works based on her years of volunteer service. The Chair noted that another guest speaking will attend the October NLS meeting to encourage more participation on high school mock trial events.
- Law Day 2006: The chair presented options for Law Day next May. Discussion was tabled for future meetings.

- ABA program for this year is AIDS awareness.

(d) Bylaws - Jill Pearson will revise to incorporate new governance structure and new committees.

(e) ABA Midwest Regional Conference - September 15 - 17, 2005 - The NLS has previously approved one member, Mike Miller, to attend this conference as a representative.

(f) ABA-YLD District Rep Position 2006-2008 -

(g) Social Events - The council generally agreed that the NLS should add a fall event to compliment the annual tri-bar spring social. The new social chair will report back on ideas at the next council meeting.

(h) ANT - The 2005 Attractive Nuisance tour is on October 14 at First Avenue. Proceeds to benefit MJF and the Hennepin Bar Foundations. Tickets are for sale at the end of the meeting.

(i) Liaisons - Erica Donner reported that she has received numerous statements of interest for liaison positions. All those interested who expressed interest were approved with the exception of the construction law section which had three statements of interest. The construction law members interested in the position were going to talk among themselves to reach a resolution on the position. The names of those approved will be forward to the Chair for placement in liaison position and posting on the NLS website. Kevin Brady made the motion, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher seconded it, and it passed. The liaison as approved were as follows:

Liaisons approved at 9/15 meeting:
Construction Law (co-liaisons)
Chanel Melin
Brendan Tupa
Amy Gelhar

MDLA New Lawyers
Lacee Anderson

Women in the Legal Profession
Dana Bartocci

Real Property Law
Dan Gilchrist

Environmental Law
Dale Thompson

Business Law
Dale Thompson

Civil Litigation (co-liaisons)
Nicholas O'Connell
Art Boylan

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Darin Allen

Probate & Trust Law
Michael Ostrem

Legislative Committee
Jessica Theisen

Human Rights Committee
Erika Donner

Criminal Law
Rebecca Rhoda Fisher


(j) Louisville - Deanna Daily was approved to go to Louisville with $400.00 funding from NLS. Jennifer Daugherty was going to see if she was available and was approved for $400.00 funding if she could go. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher made the motion, Wayde Brooks seconded it, and the motion passed.

(j) Diversity Task Force - Chair called for those interested in the NLS position on the Diversity Task Force to let her know. Arthur Boylan and Darin Allen expressed interest.

B. Miscellaneous Reports

1. Directors
2. Liaisons
3. ABA Delegate
4. Hurricane Katrina
5. Chicago

C. ABA Conferences

1. Fall - October 6-8, Louisville
2. Midyear - February 2-4, {New Orleans or TBD}???
3. Spring - May 18-20, Portland
4. Annual - August 3-4, Honolulu

IV. Adjournment

The meeting was called to adjourn at 6:45 p.m.


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyers Section
Agenda for Business Meeting
Wednesday, June 16, 2005
4:00 p.m. , Madden's Resort, Gull Lake

Attendees: Bobby Hankoff, Grant Fairbairn, Jason K., Derk Schweiger., Dan G., Laura H., Doug D., Erica D., Lacee A., Jamal F.

Agenda

I. Opening Business:

A. Introductions and Call to Order (4:00 pm).

II. Old Business:

A. Hearsay Update: Next Issue scheduled for September, with a 8/1 deadline for submission of articles.
B. LawLine: Will continue through the summer and will be every 4th Tuesday. The contact person is Becky Rhoda-Fisher.
C. Budget Status: Dan G. gave update on YTD expenses ($12,285.00). $240 was allocated for events and the hospitality suite at the MSBA convention (June 30).

III. New Business:

A. Officer Reports
a. Dan Gilchrist - Treasurer: Budget for next year will be $13,300.
b. Jamal Faleel - Secretary: No report
c. Becky Rhoda-Fisher: Absent
d. Jason Kohlmeyer - Chair: Gave end of year report.

B. Misc. Reports
a. RCBA report (Laura H.): Discussed the expansion of leadership and CLE's sponsored (6 in bar year). Also discussed community service projects and social events coordinated and organized by the RCBA ("Rake a Difference"; monthly HH's; and a June Lake Minnetonka boat cruise).
b. Elder Law Section (Doug D.): Discussed recent legislation.
c. HCBA (Bobby H.): Lori Semke as new chair. St. Paul Saints outing held last weekend was success. Attractive Nuisance Tour scheduled for 10/14/05.

C. ABA Annual Meeting Delegates
a. Dan Gilchrist: certified as a delegate
b. Lori Semke: certified as a delegate
c. Jason Kohlmeyer: certified as a delegate.
d. Jennifer Daughtery: conditionally certified
e. Jamal F. conditionally certified
f. Lacee A.: conditionally certified.
g. Funds: Travel funding to be determined and approved by exec. Committee (motion by Dan G., second by Doug D.)


D. Report of the Nominating Committee
a. 10 names submitted
b. 2 past deadline
c. Slate Nominated
i. Rebecca Fisher -Chair
ii. Jamal Faleel - Vice-Chair
iii. Dan Gilchrist- Secretary
iv. Erika Donnor- Treasurer
E. Election of Officers: Doug D. moved for election of slate and Danelle O. seconded.
F. Award's Presentation: the NLS recognized the following individuals for their outstanding service and commitment to the organization:
a. Doug Debner
b. Jill Pearson
c. Laura Hage

V. Adjournment

Adjourned at 4:40 pm. Next meting scheduled for November.



Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
May 25, 2005

Members Present: Dan Gilchrist, Teresa McClain, Derk Schwieger, Erika Donner, Kevin Brady, Bobby Hankoff, and Mark Priore.

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m.
B. Approval of April meeting minutes. The April meeting minutes were approved by unanimous consent.
C. Dan Gilchrist acted as the meeting's Chair in Jason Kohlmeyer's absence.

II. Old Business

A. Hearsay. The NLS expects to distribute its next issue of the Hearsay in June and gave a call for articles for future editions. The editors are Lacee Anderson Jennifer Daugherty, both of the Larson King law firm.
B. NLS Officer Nominating Committee Update. The NLS officer nominating committee is scheduled to meet on June 7th to nominate candidates for open officer positions. The committee's slate of candidates will be announced prior to the next NLS meeting. The election for officers will be held at the next meeting to be held at 4:00 p.m. on June 16 at the annual convention.

III. New Business

A. KSTP Lawline. The Chair explained and encouraged participation in this program in which new lawyers field legal questions from KSTP-TV viewers.
B. The NLS Budget. Dan Gilchrist projected that there will be a budget surplus at the end of the bar year (June 30). In response, Erika Donner suggested that funding for the NLS members that attended ABA/YLD conference by retroactively increased by a sum of $100.00, but agreed to table the suggestion until the next meeting.
C. ABA/YLD Conference Update. Teresa McClain reported that the YLD conference had CLEs geared at dual tracks (GP/Solo Practitioners and New Lawyers). The CLEs included Firm Marketing, Martindale/Hubbard. Bankruptcy, Partnership Track, Technology Tips and YLD Tips. Teresa intends to draft an article for the Hearsay regarding the Miami conference.
D. The Chair reported that the ABA/YLD has agreed to recognize an additional delegate from Minnesota. That would push to seven the total Minnesota YLD delegate positions recognized by the ABA at its conferences.
E. MSBA Convention. The next MSBA NLS meeting will be held at the annual convention (at Madden's resort) on Thursday June 16 at 4:00 p.m. The election of NLS officers will be held at that meeting. A New Lawyers dance party follows the President's reception at the MSBA convention. The NLS intends to consider arranging for a hospitality suite to following the dance party.

IV. Officer and Liaison Reports.
A. Chair - Jason Kohlmeyer (absent)
Vice Chair - Rebecca Rhoda Fisher (absent). Ms. Fisher submitted a written report that was read by the Chair and included the following: revising the NLS By-Laws next year; encouraging participation in the Annual Convention NLS dance party; encouraging participation in the bike ride that will be held at the Annual Convention; notifying the counsel of office space for rent in South Minneapolis.
Secretary - Jamal Faleel (absent)
Treasurer - Dan Gilchrist reported that the MSBA has yet to respond the NLS's request for $14,000 in funding for the upcoming bar year. The projected year-end surplus for the current bar year could be as high as $1,700.
B. HCBA Affiliate. Bobby Hankoff introduced himself as the new liaison to the HCBA new lawyers. Bobby announced that a St Paul Saints event will be held on June 12th. A $20 ticket includes food and entrance to the game. Contact Scott Marks at smarks@faegre.com for tickets.
C. RCBA Affiliate. Derk Schwieger announced that the RCBA hosts happy hour socials the second Tuesday of each month with the next being June 9th at Sweeney's bar from 5 to 7 p.m. Derk also announced the RCBA has had regular CLEs throughout the year and will commence them again in the fall. They have effectively included law school liaisons in the RCBA programs.
D. Human Rights Committee. Erika Donner reported that the MSBA Human Rights Committee will have at least two resolutions (judicial independence and homeland security) up for consideration at its Annual Convention meeting.


Meeting Adjourned at 6:05 p.m.



Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
April 21, 2005

Members Present: Jason Kohlmeyer, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Dan Gilchrist, Doug Debner, Mike Ostrem, Mary Briday, Brian Petra, Chris Olin, Vickie Lundie, Mark Peori, Laura Hage, Craig Sandock and lots of folks showed up towards the end as the meeting was held just before the Spring Social.

I. Opening Business:
A. Introductions and Call to Order.
The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m.

B. Approval of Minutes from March 2005.
Minutes from the March 2005 meeting were not presented.

II. Old Business:
A. CLE 4-20-05 Judge Perez. Jason Kohlmeyer reported it was a great CLE, approximately 15-20 people attended.

B. Annual Social. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher reported that Tim Groshens will pick up the remainder of the costs for the band and decorations with the New Lawyers Section contributing $1500.00.

C. Hearsay. Deadline for articles is May 7, 2005. Please submit articles to Jennifer Daugherty jdaugherty@larsonking.com or Lacee Anderson LAnderson@larsonking.com

III. New Business:
A. Nominating Committee. A nominating committee was formed for the selection of officers for the 2005-2006 year. The committee will consist of Jason Kohlmeyer, Doug Debner, Jill Pearson, Laura Hage and Craig Sandock. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher will automatically take the Chair position pursuant to the bylaws. The other positions will be Dan Gilchrist as Vice Chair and Jamal Faleel as Secretary unless these positions are contested. The treasurer position is open. Anyone interested in a position should submit a statement of interest to Jason Kohlmeyer at kohlmeyer@manahanbluth.com by May 1, 2005.

B. May meeting date is moved to Wednesday May 25, 2005 at MSBA at 5:30p.m. as many members will be at the ABA YLD Miami conference on May 19, 2005.

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons.
A. Officers
Chair. Jason Kohlmeyer.
Vice Chair. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher.
Secretary. Jamal Faleel.
Treasurer: Dan Gilchrist.

B. Delegates/Representatives
MSBA Board of Governors
ABA House of Delegates. Teresa Jones provided a written report on the 2004 ABA Annual meeting from August 23, 2004.

C. Section Director Reports
Hennepin County Affiliate
Craig Sandock reported the follow upcoming events:
1. 6-23-05 Saints game, tickets are going fast. Contact Scott Marx
2. 6-14-05 Serving meals to ???. Contact Jennifer at jjordan@maksfieldtanick.com
Ramsey County Affiliate
Laura Hage reported the following upcoming events
1. 5-12-05 happy hour at Greatwater Brewery
2. 6-23-05 boat cruise with CPAs, get tickets now
Rochester District Affiliate
Duluth District Affiliate
Mankato District Affiliate
St. Cloud Unaffiliated
Brainerd Unaffliated

D. Liaison Reports

V. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Conventions:
SPRING 2005 CONFERENCE
Joint Meeting with the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
May 17-22, 2005
The Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
Hotel reservations call the Hilton at 1-800-548-8886 Rate: $149 single/double
2005 Annual Meeting
August 4-8, 2005
Chicago, Illinois

Respectfully Submitted,
Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Vice Chair



Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
February 17, 2005

Members Present: Please Insert List of names of individuals present.

I. Opening Business:
A. Introductions and Call to Order.
The meeting was called to order at 6:15 pm

B. Approval of Minutes from January 2004.
Minutes were approved.


II. Old Business:
A. Hearsay Status: Jason was to contact new co-editor candidates (Lacee Anderson and Jennifer Daugherty)

B. Annual Social: Discussed funding for NLS sponsored event at President's Reception. NLS has $500 budgeted for President's Reception, and MSBA will cover costs above the $500.


III. New Business:
A. New CLE's: March 21, CLE titled "Decision Quest."
CLE sponsored by Litigation Support Firm
March or April Ethics CLE

B. Statements of Interest for Miami (May 19-22): Six Statements of Interest Submitted so far.

C. Law Day (5/11/05): Discussion of what role the NLS should play in Law Day. It was suggested that NLS participate by going to local inner-city schools.

- NLS involvement centered around the ABA's theme of "Why juries matter" was also discussed.

D. NLS Annual Spring Social:
- The Date and Location were undecided, but tentative time and place: April/ somewhere in Minneapolis
- Dan Gilchrist moved for contribution of $600 toward door prizes. The motion was seconded by Josh Root. Motion passed by a unanimous vote.


IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons:
A. Officers
Chair. Jason Kohlmeye:
- Discussed meeting with the Executive Council regarding the Annual Convention NLS Sponsored Social Event (June 15, 16, and 17 MSBA Annual Meeting)
- Report from Salt Lake City: Discussed topics covered and resolutions passed at meeting
- 2 Liaison positions were filled since last meeting: Civil Litigation and Construction Law liaison positions.
Vice Chair. Becky Rhoda Fisher - absent
Secretary. Jamal Faleel - no report
Treasurer. Dan Gilchrist:
- Discussed his presentation to the Executive Council; the NLS budget request for '05-'06.

B. Delegates/Representatives
MSBA Board of Governors: no report
ABA House of Delegates

C. Section Director Reports
Hennepin County Affiliate
Ramsey County Affiliate:
Rochester District Affiliate
Duluth District Affiliate
Mankato District Affiliate
St. Cloud Unaffiliated
Brainerd Unaffiliated

D. Liaison Reports
-Megan Blazina: Discussed Bankruptcy Section's meeting.
- Women and the Law Committee reports and meeting was discussed .
- Jill Pearson: Probate Section is accepting nominations for probate/trust area awards.
- Teresa McClain: The General/Small/Solo Practice group will have their annual meeting on April 1, 2005.

E. Chairman's Committee is accepting nominations for Up and Coming Attorneys.


V. Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.


Upcoming Conventions:

SPRING 2005 CONFERENCE
Joint Meeting with the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
May 17-22, 2005
The Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
Hotel reservations call the Hilton at 1-800-548-8886 Rate: $149 single/double
2005 Annual Meeting
August 4-8, 2005
Chicago, Illinois

Respectfully Submitted,
Jamal Faleel, Secretary


 

Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
January 20, 2005

Members Present: Josh Root, Dan Gilchrist, Barb Lindberg, Rebecca Fisher, Teresa McClain, Jennifer Daugherty, Kelly Swanson, Lacee Anderson, Derk Schwieger, Erika Donner and Doug Debner

I. Opening Business

A. Introductions and Call to Order at 5:35 p.m.

B. The NLS has new MSBA coordinator, Kathy Aro, while Jennifer Wagner is on medical leave.

C. No minutes from the November 2004 or the December 2004 meetings were presented for approval.

II. Old Business

A. Hearsay. Ms. Fisher reported that the NLS expects to distribute its next issue of the Hearsay in April and gave a call for articles and additional editorial help.

B. Civil Litigation Proposal. It was reported to members that the MSBA Executive Council adopted as policy the proposal's goal of leaving damages open and not artificially limiting damages.

III.

A. KSTP Lawline. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher and Dan Gilchrist encouraged participation in this program and passed around a sign-up sheet for 2005.

B. The NLS 2005-2006 Budget. Dan Gilchrist summarized the annual budget narrative that must be submitted to the MSBA by January 28.

C. CLE's. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher reported on the possible CLE by Roy Ginsberg entitled "Client Services." Ms. Fisher introduced a motion that we request Mr. Ginsberg to present the CLE in March. Mr. Debner seconded the motion, and the motion passed.

D. Ms. Fisher reported that the January 20th CLE entitled "Marketing and the New Lawyer " was well-attended and well-presented.

E. MSBA Convention. The members voted to consider funding, at a later date, a New Lawyers reception at the MSBA convention. The amount of funding must be voted upon at a future meeting. Ms. Fisher discussed CLE ideas for the convention.

F. Spring Social. Mr. Gilchrist informed the Council that the tri-bar spring social is tentatively scheduled for April 21st at a location to-be-announced. Ms. McClain and Ms. Anderson volunteered to assist on the prize committee along with Mr. Gilchrist.

G. Law School Networking Skills Program. Renee Anderson, Director of MSBA Section Services, announced that the four local law schools are sponsoring a networking skills seminar and social event on February 17 at the MSBA offices from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. NLS members expressed interesting volunteering to attend the social at 5:30.

H. Mr. Schwieger announced that the RCBA hosts happy hour socials the second Tuesday of each month.

IV. Officer and Liaison Reports.

A. Chair - Jason Kohlmeyer (absent)
Vice Chair - Rebecca Rhoda Fisher reported that the Criminal Law Section will be presenting a program on the Consequences of Criminal Activity.
Secretary - Jamal Faleel (absent)
Treasurer - Dan Gilchrist reported that the annual budget narrative will be presented to the MSBA on or after January28, 2005.

B. Doug Debner reported that the Probate Law Section is again concerning itself with the State Legislature's action regarding medical assistance and trusts.

Meeting Adjourned at 6:30 p.m.


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
October 21, 2004


Members Present: Mikio A. Urano, Doug Debner, Dan Gilchrist, Teresa McClain, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Teresa Jones, Josh Root, Tamara Rollins, Chanel Melin, Jill Pearson, Bob Webber, Kenneth Neal, Chris Grgurich, Dana Bartocci, Erika Donner.

I. Opening Business:
A. Introductions and Call to Order.
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

B. Approval of Minutes from September 2004.
Minutes from the September 2004 meeting were not presented. The September and October minutes will be presented for approval at the November 2004 meeting.

II. Old Business:
A. Lawline Disclaimer/KSTP - Rebecca Rhoda Fisher will e-mail to Jennifer so it can be sent for review with the agenda and minutes before the November 2004 meeting.

B. Hearsay Guidelines - The revised guidelines were not sent out. Jason Kohlmeyer or Rebecca Rhoda Fisher will send them to Jennifer so they are sent to members for review prior to the November 2004 meeting.

C. Assembly Position - Discuss current position and appointing back-up member next year in case the assembly person unable to make meetings. It was suggested we use the Vice Chair.

D. Budget - The budget as presented by Dan Gilchirst was approved. Doug Debner made the motion and Jill Pearson seconded it. There was discussion about clarifying which NLS group will be sponsoring the social since the Annual is at Brainerd in June 2005. Our section may have to approve additional funds if we are responsible.

III. New Business:
A. Report on Des Moines Regional ABA/YLD Meeting. Josh Root reported the meeting was good. There was a panel of attorneys who discussed preparing for and arguing at the US Supreme Court. There was also a marketing session that was interesting. This may be a good topic for a CLE for the section.

B. Report on Austin ABA/YLD conference. Noel Evans provided a written report. Dan Gilchrist reported participation in affiliate round table discussions. There were ideas for assistance programs and projects. Dan received a video and packet for the Jury Service Project, which focuses on high schools and mock jury experiences.

C. Report on Presentation to host ABA/YLD conference. Dan Gilchrist reported the presentation was a lot of work and went well. We should find out by the end of the year whether Minneapolis has been selected.

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons.
A. Officers
Chair. Jason Kohlmeyer. Absent.
Vice Chair. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Reported we need more participation for Lawline. She will go to the HCBA and RCBA meetings in November to recrute new attorneys.
Secretary. Jamal Faleel. Absent.
Treasurer: Dan Gilchrist.

B. Delegates/Representatives
MSBA Board of Governors
ABA House of Delegates. Teresa Jones provided a written report on the 2004 ABA Annual meeting from August 23, 2004.

C. Section Director Reports
Hennepin County Affiliate
Ramsey County Affiliate
Rochester District Affiliate
Duluth District Affiliate
Mankato District Affiliate
St. Cloud Unaffiliated
Brainerd Unaffliated

D. Liaison Reports
1) Probate: Jill Pearson reported the section is working on a provision to rectify the unborn children omission.
2) Solo/Small Practice: Teresa McClain reported that section wants to coordinate with our section. Some members are planning on attending our next meeting and hope to be on the agenda and participate in the social event following the meeting.
3) Elder Law: Doug Debner reported the section is against any new legislation the prohibits remainder trust deeds. One law firm is fighting the law and has put its brief on its website.
4) Criminal Law: Rebecca Fisher reported the section is providing quarterly CLEs this year instead on monthly noon CLEs. They are having one called "Anatomy of a Juror" 10-28-04. The next CLE will be in January.
5) LAT: Erika Donner reported the committee is discussing making pro bono work mandatory.

V. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Upcoming Conventions:
MIDYEAR 2005 MEETING
February 9-13, 2005
Salt Lake City, UT
Registration and Housing through ITS or online at www.abanet.org
SPRING 2005 CONFERENCE
Joint Meeting with the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
May 17-22, 2005
The Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
Hotel reservations call the Hilton at 1-800-548-8886 Rate: $149 single/double
2005 Annual Meeting
August 4-8, 2005
Chicago, Illinois

Respectfully Submitted,
Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Vice Chair



Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
September 16, 2004


Members Present: Jason Kohlmeyer, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jamal Faleel, Dan Gilchrist, Megan Blazina, Brian Pasko, Noel Evans, Bob Weber by phone, Shuja Khan, Amy Gelhar, Patricia Phill, Tamara Rollins, Laura Hage, Levi Liljenquist, Barbara Lefky, T. Nest, Jason Hutchinson, Michael F., Paula Semrow, Jennifer Wagner (MSBA Staff Liason)

I. Opening Business:
A. Introductions and Call to Order.
The meeting was called to order at 5:25 pm

B. Approval of Minutes from May 2004.
Minutes from the June, 2004, meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher and approved.

II. Old Business:
A. None.

III. New Business:
A. Delegate voting for Des Moines:
There have been 20 responses. Jason Kohlmeyer will be attending, along with another as yet, unidentified member (later identified as Josh Root)
Brian Pasko moved for allocating $100 to reimburse Josh Root for the registration fee at the Des Moines ABA/YLD Meeting. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote.
B. Delegate Voting for Austin, TX:
Funding was approved to send Dan Gilchrist and Noel Evans as delegates to Austin, TX. Funding of $500/per person was approved.
C. CLE Update:
There was discussion that the Section should try to sponsor 4 CLE's during the course of the year.

D. Law Line Update:

The issue of malpractice insurance for participants in the Law Line was discussed. Jason Kohlmeyer will distribute a disclaimer via e-mail.

E. Liaison Positions for 2004-05:
- Doug Debner and Jill Pearson are in the process of reaching an agreement on the open Estates and Trust Liaison position.
- All remaining liaison position appointments were approved, and either Jill Pearson, or Doug Debner will serve as liaison to the Estates and Trusts committee, subject to their agreement

F. Proposal for Minnesota to host 2006-07 ABA Conference:

- Dan Gilchrist agreed to make a presentation at the Austin Conference, to have Minneapolis host the '06-'07 ABA Conference.
- The '06-'07 Conference is scheduled for the fall or winter.

G. Budget
The NLS has $12,000 in funds this year, compared with $12,600 last year.

H. Get Out the Vote:
- Bob Webber discussed how "Get out the Vote" campaigns in the past were organized.
- Jamal Faleel, Noel Evans and Megan Blazina agreed to explore the feasibility of organizing a Get out the Vote campaign.

I. Hearsay:
- three issues for upcoming year
- Cynthia Rowe as editor

J. Assembly Rep. Position
- Brian Pasko was voted Assembly Rep. for the meeting scheduled for 9/17, and Bob Weber was to take over duties at next meeting for the remainder of the year. Vote was unanimous.

K. Other:
-members of the group were informed that the NLS "Hearsay" publication received an award at the Atlanta Convention, based on content, timeliness and value to the Section.
-The NLS also received 2nd place for the best comprehensive program (Law Line, CLE's etc.)

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons.
A. Officers
Chair. Jason Kohlmeyer
1) Discussed importance of increased involvement, notably from out-state areas.
Vice Chair. Becky Rhoda Fisher - - discussed importance of continuing CLE program
Secretary. Jamal Faleel - discussed possible speakers and topics for CLE's.
Treasurer: Dan Gilchrist

B. Delegates/Representatives
MSBA Board of Governors: nothing to report
ABA House of Delegates


C. Section Director Reports
Hennepin County Affiliate
Ramsey County Affiliate:
(1) Discussed Flag Football game on October, 2.
(2) CLE's New Lawyers on Worker's Comp.
(3) Outreach Program - "Raking a Difference"
(4) Bench and Bar Benefit - $50 to Ramsey Foundation/NLS will sponsor social hour
(5) Happy Hour is on the second Thursday of every month
Rochester District Affiliate
Duluth District Affiliate
Mankato District Affiliate - social hour (meet and greet with Justice Alan Paige)
St. Cloud Unaffiliated
Brainerd Unaffliated

D. Liaison Reports

E. Jennifer Wagner:

- Discussed New Lawyers Section/MSBA booth at Minnesota Swearing in ceremony at Roy Williams Center in St. Paul on October, 29.
- Requested volunteers to for booths.
- those interested in helping out with the law students section, contact Jennifer W.
V. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm

Upcoming Conventions:

MIDYEAR 2005 MEETING
February 9-13, 2005
Salt Lake City, UT
Registration and Housing through ITS or online at www.abanet.org
SPRING 2005 CONFERENCE
Joint Meeting with the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
May 17-22, 2005
The Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
Hotel reservations call the Hilton at 1-800-548-8886 Rate: $149 single/double
2005 Annual Meeting
August 4-8, 2005
Chicago, Illinois

Respectfully Submitted,
Jamal Faleel, Secretary


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
March 18, 2004


Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer, Dan Gilchrist, Doug Debner, Julia Morgan, Brian Pasko, Laura Hage, Kirsten Smith, Brian C. Fischer, Greg Bucher, Sarah Bachmann, Cynthia Rowe, Jill Pearson, Chris Rosengren.

I.Opening Business:
A. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 5:35 pm.

B. Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from the February 19, 2004 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Jill Pearson noted that there were several spelling errors. As revised, the minutes will stand as approved.

II. Old Business:
A. Hearsay Update:
Joan Schulkers reported that the deadline is tomorrow (3-19-04). We are missing updates from several of the affiliates. Anyone interested in submitting articles for any upcoming newsletters should send them to Trisha Wherley, Wherley@hotmail.com or Erika Donner, edonner@dadygarner.com.

B. CLE Update:
1. Today had Ken Jorgenson from LPRB. He spoke about ethics for new lawyers, common mistakes made by new lawyers, trends in the complaints, procedural steps if an attorney needs to deal with complaint/PR Board, etc. There were approximately 55 attendees.
2. May 20, 2004: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Laurie Heartenburger - Elimination of Bias
Will discuss areas where attorneys tend to get into trouble, i.e. PR Board, abuse of drugs/alcohol/depression, age bias.
3. Need to discuss CLE's for next year. Anyone is welcome to submit areas/topics of interest or potential speakers.

C. Spring Social
Laura Hage reported the Spring Social will be at Solara's in Minneapolis on 4-15-04 from 5:30 to 8:00. Sponsors will provide drinks and food. Hennepin, Ramsey and the MSBA will provide door prizes. The Prize committee includes Scott Marx, Dan Gilchrist, and Sam Glover. Dan Gilchrist reported that they are soliciting over 40 businesses for prizes.

D. April Meeting.
Will be on 4-15-04 at 5:00 at Solara before the Spring Social.


E. Spring Conference (Memphis):
Brian Pasko, Laura Hage, Chris Rosengren and Rebecca Rhoda Fisher submitted statements of interest. There was an issue of funding and the Treasurer was not present. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher reported that per the budget she had from last fall the section had set aside $1800 for Memphis. Julia Morgan made a motion that 3 members (Brian Pasko, Laura Hage, and Chris Rosengren) go at $500 from MSBA (as they will be getting the $200 from ABA as well.) Jason Kohlmeyer seconded it and it was approved. If additional funding is available Rebecca Rhoda Fisher may attend.

F. District 17 Representative:
Joan Schulkers reported Tami Schroeder has moved to California and resigned as District 17 rep. The section had the option of appointing a new rep or sending one by proxy to events when needed. Jason Kohlmeyer moved to send Joan to Memphis by proxy as the District 17 rep. as currently there has been no one able to be appointed. Doug Debner seconded the motion and it was approved. Joan requested additional funding as she only is allowed her airfare and $200. She requested, if there are funds available, she get $150 to $200. Since the Treasurer was not present, it was decided that the exact amount will be considered later when Jamal provides his report.

G. ABA/YLD Appointments:
Deadlines for appointments was March 1, 2004 and February 16,2004 for senior level applications.

E. Awards of Achievement:
The section is submitting nominations for 1) KSTP (Jason Kohlmeyer) 2) Asylum Project (Bob Webber). Jason Kohlmeyer will check on the deadline. It is sometime in April 2004.

III. New Business
A. Duluth Annual Convention
1. NLS Meeting Time - either noon on Friday or 7:30 a.m.
2. BBQ will be at location near the Lake in conjunction with an annual sailing regatta.
3. Joan reported that if we can get 75 new lawyers to attend we may be able to get a price break. Last year registration was $125 for new lawyers. That was a discount from the regular price at $250. The price break would be off of the $125.
4. Rebecca Fisher reported that the Life & Law Committee is looking for potential sponsors, riders, and volunteers for the Bar Convention Bike Ride on Friday June 11 at noon. You can ride 5, 12, or 40 miles. The Life & Law Committee has asked us not to meet at noon on Friday as it conflicts with the bike ride. Anyone interested can contact Rebecca Fisher Rebecca@rrflaw.com or Judy Rush at judithrush@attglobal.net


IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons
A. Officers:
President: Joan Schulkers reported:
1. Deadline to register for Memphis is today. So those going should get online tonight and register.

Vice President: Jason Kohlmeyer reported:
1. Nominations for top 10 up and coming attorneys were due in March. The committee received 75 nominations. Three names were submitted. Based on past nominations, one of the three should be named.
B. Delegates/Representatives:
ABA House of Delegates
Teresa Jones submitted a written report.

C. Section Director Reports:
1. Hennepin: Kirsten Smith reported several upcoming events including:
a. Ronald McDonald House on 4-19-04;
b. Jeremiah Project on 5-13-04;
c. Craig Sandock is working on another Attractive Nuisance for the fall and the Fine Line in October or November;
d. The new lawyers are starting a running club. Anyone interested can contact Kirsten or Craig;
e. The new lawyers section is having their 10 year anniversary, more info to come;
f. There will be training for One Child/One Lawyer in mid May. Anyone interested should contact Kirsten. They want to sponsor 10 new lawyers to represent children in foster homes;
g. They are still working on what to do for Law Day; and
h. There is a breakfast with the Judges in April;

2. Ramsey: Laura Hage reported a few upcoming events including:
a. The April Happy Hour will be at the Lexington on April 8, 2004 from 5:30 to 7:30;
b. The Judge's Dinner is March 25, 2004; and
c. There will be a breakfast with the Judges in April or May.

3. Mankato: Jason Kohlmeyer reported there will be a social at BW3 on March 25, 2004.

4. Duluth: Brain C. Fischer reported that the new lawyers section meets for lunch every month on the third Tuesday. They just started this a few months ago.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. Criminal Law: Becky Rhoda Fisher reported the criminal section had its monthly meeting/CLE at noon on March 18, 2004. Charles Lundberg spoke on ethics and scenarios specific to criminal law. April CLE is yet to be determined. The section is in the process of organizing a CLE for the Annual Convention in Duluth in conjunction with the Minnesota Innocence Project and the Minnesota ADIS Project regarding wrongful convictions and the death penalty.
2. Probate & Trusts: Jill Pearson reported the legislature will vote today or Monday on the trust bill.
3. Immigration: Julia Morgan reported there is an Immigration meeting on March 22, 2004 at 4:00 at the MSBA offices.
4. Appellate Practice: Dan Gilchrist submitted a written report.
5. Antitrust: Brian Fischer submitted a written report.

Respectfully Submitted,
Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Secretary


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
February 19, 2004


Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jamal Faleel, Dan Gilchrist, Julia Morgan, Doug Debner, Julia Morgan, Tom Hackert, Brian Paskow, Sam Glover, Scott Marx, Teresa Jones, Joe McCullough, Allison O'Brien, Laura Hage, Dana Zalany.
Members via teleconference: Erica Donner

I.Opening Business:
A. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Julia Morgan at 5:35 pm.

B. Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from the January 15, 2004 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Hearing no amendments, the minutes stand as approved.

II. Old Business:
A. Hearsay Update:
Erica Donner and Trisha Wherley are the editors. March 12, 2004 is the deadline to submit articles for the next publication. Discussed including updates from all NLS sections/affiliates in Minnesota, letter from the chair, info on CLE's and info on the Spring Social. Anyone interested in submitting articles for any upcoming newsletters should send them to Trisha Wherley, Wherley@hotmail.com or Erika Donner, edonner@dadygarner.com.

III. New Business:
A. CLE Update:
The next CLE's are:
1. March 18, 2003: 4:15-5:15p.m.
Ken Jorgenson, LPRB - Ethics CLE, Professional Responsibility
Want to hear about common mistakes new lawyer's make, what are trends in the complaints, what are the procedural steps if need to deal with complaint/PR Board, responsibilities of associates v. superior attorneys in a firm.
2. May 20, 2004: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Laurie Heartenburger - Elimination of Bias (To be Determined)
Will discuss areas where attorneys tend to get into trouble, i.e. PR Board, abuse of drugs/alcohol/depression, age bias.
3. Need to discuss CLE's for next year. Anyone is welcome to submit areas/topics of interest or potential speakers.


B. Spring Social
Laura Hage reported that the Spring Social will be at Solara's in Minneapolis on 4-15-04 from 5:30 to 8:00. Sponsors will provide drinks and food, Hennepin and Ramsey County will provide food. A motion was made by Doug Debner to use $600 of NLS funds for prizes, Laura Hage seconded the motion and it was approved. The Prize committee includes Scott Marx, Dan Gilchrist, and Sam Glover.

C. Spring Conference (Memphis)
Statements of interest are due at next meeting for Memphis. Send to Joan Schulkers.

D. ABA/YLD Appointments.
Anyone interested can obtain an application online at the ABA website.

E. Awards of Achievement.
Possible NLS awards are 1) KSTP (Jason Kohlmeyer) 2) Asylum Project (Bob Webber) and 3) CLE's (Joan Schulkers). We need to find out deadline and submit proposals. Deadline may be April 2004.

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons
A. Officers:
President: Joan Schulkers reported:
1) Hennepin County won award for One Child/One Lawyer program at ABA mid-year. She accepted on their behalf.
2) There was meeting on new PR Rule regarding attorneys switching firms and conflicts of interest. The committee who will report to the PR Board is looking for input and anecdotal stories from NLS. We can put note in Hearsay about this.

Vice President: Jason Kohlmeyer reported:
1) Nominations for top 10 up and coming attorneys are due in March. NLS formed committee of Jason Kohlmeyer, Bob Webber, and Jamal Faleel. The committee was formed upon a motion by Becky Rhoda Fisher, seconded by Doug Debner and approved by the section.

Treasurer: Jamal Faleel reported:
1) He is putting together the 3-year budget proposal. There was discussion about whether to ask for more funding. The section decided that if we start getting involved in more projects and need more funding we can request it at that time.

B. Delegates/Representatives:
ABA House of Delegates
Teresa Jones reported:
1) Two resolutions passed. One to oppose a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between man and woman. The other regarding intellectual property rights.
2) There was another issue regarding the accreditation of a California law school that was withdrawn.
3) The YLD will be promoting school violence awareness.

C. Section Director Reports:
1. Ramsey Co: Laura Hage reported the March Happy Hour will at be Chang O'Hara on Selby Ave. March 11, 2004 5:30 to 7:30.
2. Mankato: Jason Kohlmeyer reported the section's last social at the Martini bar was a blast. Joan Schulkers and Cynthia Rowe attended too. They are having a social Feb. 26, 2004. Anyone interested can contact him or the Mankato chair.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. GPS: Teresa McClain submitted a written report.
2. Criminal Law: Becky Rhoda Fisher reported the criminal section had its monthly meeting/CLE at noon on Feb 18, 2004. Susan Koberstien from Centro Legal discussed immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Next month will be an ethics CLE on March 18 at noon at MSBA offices.
3. Family: Becky Rhoda Fisher reported that Dan Van Loh has resigned as liaison. Anyone interested should let Joan know.
4. Probate & Trusts: Doug Debner reported the trusts for pets will not be in the legislation this year and section dues are not going up.
5. Elder Law: Doug Debner reported the Democrats are trying to repeal laws concerning if a person is in a nursing home when their assets can be seized by the state for medical care. Expect a constitutional challenge.
6. Immigration: Julia Morgan reported they will have a former INS attorney speaking at their meeting the week of Feb. 23rd.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Secretary


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
January 15, 2004


Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer, Dan Gilchrist, Julia Morgan, Cynthia Rowe, Erica Donner, Kirstin Smith, Doug Debner, Jill Pearson, Kirsten Smith. Mike Davis, David Palm, Bob Webber.
Members via teleconference:

I.Opening Business:
A. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Joan Schulkers at 5:35 pm.

B. Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from the December 11, 2003 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Hearing no amendments, the minutes stand as approved.

II. Old Business:
A. Hearsay Update:
Erica Donner and Trisha Wherley are the editors. Want to include updates from all NLS sections in Minnesota if possible in addition to other articles. Next Hearsay to be out end of March and another the beginning of June. Anyone interested in submitting articles for any upcoming newsletters should send them to Trisha Wherley, Wherley@hotmail.com or Erika Donner, edonner@dadygarner.com.

III. New Business:
A. CLE Update:
The next CLE's are:
1. March 18, 2003: 4:15-5:15p.m.
Ken Jorgenson, LPRB - Ethics CLE, Professional Responsibility
Topics: Common mistakes new lawyer's make, trends in the complaints, procedural steps if needed to deal with complaint/PR Board, responsibilities of associates v. superior attorneys in a firm.
2. May 20, 2004
Laurie Heartenburger - Elimination of Bias (To be Determined)
Will discuss areas where attorneys tend to get into trouble, i.e. PR Board, abuse of drugs/alcohol/depression, age bias.
3. Need to discuss CLE's for next year. Anyone is welcome to submit areas/topics of interest or potential speakers.

B. Spring Social
A committee needs to be appointed. Laura Hage, Kirsten Smith, and Dan Gilchrist had expressed interest in being on the NLS committee for the spring social. Doug Debner said they could contact him for information on the places and sponsors he contacted for last year's social. It was discussed that the budget for the social is $600.00, but that needs to be verified with the treasurer.

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons
A. Officers:
President: Joan Schulkers reported
1) She reported the ABA has a Legal Opportunity Scholarship package application.

Vice President: Jason Kohlmeyer reported
1) NLS may want to do something for Law Day, May 1, 2004. Perhaps give free advice in the skyway or at other locations.

B. Delegates/Representatives:
None.

C. Section Director Reports:
1. Hennepin County: Kirsten Smith reported that there are several upcoming events in Hennepin Co. 1) 1-20-04 brown bag CLE re: What Every new Criminal Attorney Needs to Know at HCBA offices; 2) there will be a breakfast with the Judges in February; 3) they may not do the Glass Slipper program this year as it my be too late to plan; 4) there is a HCBA Happy Hour February 5, 2004
2. Mankato: Jason Kohlmeyer reported the section is having a social on January 22, 2004 at a Venus, a martini bar in Mankato.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. Criminal Law: Becky Rhoda Fisher reported the criminal section had its monthly meeting/CLE at noon on January 15, 2004. Professor Simonson from the University of Minnesota who in on the Minnesota DWI task force spoke regarding upcoming proposed changes in DWI laws. February 19, 2004 CLE will hopefully be on drug court in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. March Cle will be on ethics.
2. Estates & Trusts: Jill Pearson reported that the pet trust issue is back on the table this year.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Secretary


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
December 13, 2003


Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jamal Faleel, Dan Gilchrist, Julia Morgan, Sam Glover, Cynthia Rowe, Ed Beckman, Dan Van Loh, Brian Pasko, Tamar Gronvall, Laura Domagala, Jeff Cameron, Daniel Stolfa, Thomas Hackert, Michael Collyard, Erika Donner, Teresa Jones, Laura Hage, Kirstin Smith, Mark Mitchell, Teresa Mcclain.
Members via teleconference: Joe Barnett

I.Opening Business:
A. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Joan Schulkers at 5:35 pm.

B. Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from the November 13, 2003 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Hearing no amendments, the minutes stand as approved.

II. Old Business:
A. Santa Brings a Lawsuit:
Same dates/times for donations as previously discussed.

B. Hearsay:
Want new newsletter out in January 2004. Deadline for articles was 12-31-03. Want each affiliate to do brief update on what their section is doing. Laura Hage will submit update for RCBA. Kirsten Smith will submit update for HCBA. Joe Barnett will submit update for Mankaot. Anyone interested in submitting articles for any upcoming newsletters should send them to Trisha Wherley, Wherley@hotmail.com or Erika Donner, edonner@dadygarner.com.

III. New Business:
A. San Antonio ABA Midyear Conference:
The following members will be attending the conference: Joan Schulkers, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jamal Faleel, and Dan Gilchrist. Dan Gilchrist was selected by majority vote after he, Julia Morgan and Ed Beckman all had an opportunity to express their interest in attending the conference. Teresa Jones made a motion to increase the number of people from four to five and increase the funding from $500 per person to $700 per person. The motion was seconded and approved.

B. Tamar Gronvall reported that Legal Aid is asking attorneys to help with their "One hour Sharing" campaign. The goal is to raise $50K to hire 1 legal aid attorney for one year. A sign up sheet was passed around. For additional information contact Tamar.


C. CLE Update:
The next CLE's are:
1. January 15, 2003: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Neal Hamilton - FREE Ethics CLE, Bowling Alone/Social Capital concept
2. March 1, 2003: 4:15-5:15p.m.
Ken Jorgenson, LPRB - Ethics CLE, Professional Responsibility
3. May ??
Joan Bilbelhausen - Elimination of Bias (To be Determined)

Ed Beckman expressed the possibility of having an ALJ CLE. He will contact some judges and keep us posted.

D. Findlaw Presentation:
Findlaw representatives gave a presentation on their products. Anyone who signed up to meet individually with a rep got a certificate for a box of Omaha steaks. The reps also gave away lots of free goodies including a digital camera!

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons
A. Officers:
President: Joan Schulkers reported
1) She attended the Board of Goveners meeting and the MSBA decided to take an official stand against the death penalty after much debate.
2) MSBA NLS website - If interested in the on-line discussion group, must opt in at the link on the website.
3) Colleague Program - NLS has valuable resource in colleague program. Contact MSBA or see website.
4) Reporting for Laura MCCarty Pro-Choice MN, they are looking for attorneys to do 30-40 hours of pro-bono work focusing on wills.

B. Delegates/Representatives:
None.

C. Section Director Reports:
1. Hennepin County: Kirsten Smith reported that there are several upcoming events in Hennepin Co. 1) 1-13-04 7:30 a.m. Mpls City Hall re: conciliation court; 2) February will be on discovery; 3) Santa Brings a Lawsuit same as pervious info.; 4) no January social but will start again in February.
2. Ramsey County: Laura Hage reported that 1) the 1-8-04 Happy Hour will be at Divinci's in St. Paul; 2) Santa Brings a Lawsuit same as previous info; 3) RCBA Holiday Party was 12-10-03 and well attended.
3. Mankato: JoeBarnett reported the section conducts regular lunch meetings the 1st Thursday of the month. Their social events are more sporadic.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. Judicial Elections Committee: Ed Beckman provided a written report.
2. Criminal Law: Becky Rhoda Fisher reported the November meeting was a panel of probation officers from various metro counties.
3. Legal Assistance for the Disadvantaged: Jamal Faleel reported the section is promoting pro-bono work and that MSBA is looking for someone for a permanent pro-bono position.
4. Animal Law: Laura Hage reported there was a CLE on 11-14-03. There will be discussion about exotic animal and legislation.
5. Pro Bono Work: Tamar Gronvall reported that

Respectfully Submitted,

Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Secretary


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
November 13, 2003


Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jamal Faleel, Dan Gilchrist, Julia Morgan, David Palm, Sam Glover, Cynthia Rowe, Maya Sullivan, Jill Pearson, Manpreet Dhanjal, Ed Beckman, Bob Webber, Dan Van Loh, Brian Pasko.

I.Opening Business:
A. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Joan Schulkers at 5:30 pm.

B. Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from the October 16, 2003 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Hearing no amendments, the minutes stand as approved.

C. Introductions

II. Old Business:
A. Asylum Appeal Project Report:
Bob Webber and Dan Gilchrist reported on the recent CLE regarding how to handle pro-bono asylum appeals at UST Graduate School. They said the turnout was great. The clerk of the 8th Circuit court of appeals spoke. Robins Kaplan donated packets and the ABA gave a $2,000.00 grant.
Manpreeth Dhanjal from Minnesota Advocates spoke about their need for help and what we can do. He reported that the CLE was one of the best on immigration and asylum. The goal is to have attorneys basically on call for these types of cases. They know it is a tight schedule with short deadlines and appreciate all of the help.
Bob suggested that NLS nominate the program for the ABA award, and Bob has agreed to draft the necessary application.

B. Attractive Nuisance Report:
Joan Schulkers reported that the event was great fun and lasted well into the wee hours of the morning.
Jill Pearson reported that the event was great and they are thinking about a bigger venue for next year.

III. New Business:
A. Santa Brings a Lawsuit:
Joan Schulkers reported that this event takes place on 12-18-03. It is organized by the local bar associations and there will be pick up spots at the courthouses. You can contact the local bar associations to donate time. In Ramsey County, contact Terry Duggins (651) 490-0222. In Hennepin County contact Vicki Loher.


B. Hearsay:
Joan Schulkers reported the goal is to put out 4 newsletters this year. The next deadline is 12-31-103. Please send articles to Joan.

C. CLE Update:
The November CLE, occurring just prior to this meeting, was well attended. We had over 25 individuals who came for the free CLE on "Your Ethical Pro Bono Obligation: Choose it and Use it for Maximum Benefit" by Joni Bilbehausen. The next CLE's are:

1. January 15, 2003: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Neal Hamilton - Ethics CLE, Bowling Alone/Social Capital concept
2. March 1, 2003: 4:15-5:15p.m.
Ken Jorgenson, LPRB - Ethics CLE, Professional Responsibility
3. ?? May
Joan Bilbelhausen - Elimination of Bias (To be Determined)

D. San Antonio mid-year conference.
Joan Schulkers asked that those interested submit letters of interest to her by the next meeting.

E. Website.
Several suggestions were made for updating the NLS website including: promoting the discussion group; link to colleagues program; and liaison reports.

F. December meeting:
Date moved to December 11, 2003. Jason Kohlmeyer reported Findlaw will be putting on a 20 minute presentation. Raffle prizes to give away - the more that attend, the bigger the prize! (Prizes get better the more that attend!) Dinner will also be served.

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons
A. Officers:
President: Joan Schulkers reported
1) MTLA is having a happy hour at Martini Blue on November 19, 2003 from 5-7, 615 Second Ave. Minneapolis.
2) ABA-YLD features an affiliate every month in their newsletter. We could submit brief article to be featured on the Asylum Project or KSTP.
3) She has been invited to participate in a symposium on 1-29-04 re: Bowling Alone. The author of the book will be there to discuss it.
4) She also recently participated in a dinner with others on the executive committee and the law school deans.

B. Delegates/Representatives:
None.

C. Section Director Reports:
1. Hennepin County: None
2. Ramsey County: None
3. Mankato: Jason Kohlmeyer reported there was another social November 13, 2003. Their holiday party is 12-18-03.
4. Willmar: Joan Schulkers reported Dec. 3, 2003 will be the first get together for this group. Anyone interested can attend - or ride with Joan.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. Judicial Elections Committee: Ed Beckman provided a written report from Justice Stringer.
2. Animal Law: Laura Hage provided a written report.
3. Antitrust: Brain Fischer provided a written report.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Secretary


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyer's Section Meeting
October 16, 2003


Members Present: Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jason Kohlmeyer, Erika Donner, Doug Debner, Laura Hage, Dan Gilchrist, Teresa Jones, Tamar Gronvall, Jaren Johnson, Shabnau Alifadid, and Kristen Smith

I.Opening Business:
A. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Jason Kohlmeyer at 5:30 pm.

B. Minutes from the September 18, 2003 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Hearing no amendments, the minutes stand as approved.

II. Old Business:
A. Hearsay Newsletter update
Jason Kohlmeyer updated the section on the newsletter. It is believed that Trisha Wherley no longer will be the editor as she is moving and having twins. So far there are seven articles that have been submitted to her. Anyone else interested in articles should submit them ASAP.

III. New Business:
A. Asylum Appeal:
Bob Webber presented an update via written report, which is attached. Dan Gilchrist reported that the turnout for the CLE was great and the speakers were wonderful. Anyone interested should contact Bob Webber or Minnesota Advocates.

B. Santa Brings a Lawsuit:
No update.

C. CLE Update:
Upcoming CLE's are free and will take place one hour before the usual NLS meetings.
1. November 13, 2003: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Joan Bibelhausen - Ethics CLE, Your Ethical Pro Bono Obligation: Choose it and Use it for Maximum Benefit.
2. January 15, 2003: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Neal Hamilton - Ethics CLE, Bowling Alone/Social Capital concept
3. March 1, 2003: 4:15-5:15p.m.
Ken Jorgenson, LPRB - Ethics CLE, Professional Responsibility
4. ?? May
Joan Bibelhausen - Elimination of Bias (To be Determined)

D. Judge Invites to December and March Meetings:
No update.

E. Volunteer Projects:
No Update.

F. Spring Social:
Laura Hage volunteered to be the social chair as she will be also working on this with RCBA. Obtaining Westlaw/Lexis as sponsors was discussed.
G. Schedule Change:
Next meeting will be on November 13, 2003 due to room/scheduling conflicts.

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons
A. Officers:
No reports

B. Delegates/Representatives:
1. MSBA Board of Governors:
Teresa Jones followed up on her previously submitted written report on the 2003 Annual Meeting of the ABA and meeting of the House of Delegates. The most controversial issue was Rule 1.6B that allows an attorney to disclose confidences when it may cause financial harm and in the wake of Enron etc. allows attorneys to report up the ladder in a corporate setting when there is wrongdoing.

Teresa also reported that the ABA solo, small business section was meeting in Minneapolis September 18 and 199 at the Hilton.

2. ABA House of Delegates:
Tamar Gronvall submitted a written report (attached) and reported that the next meeting is on December 5, 2003.

3. Fall Regional Conference:
Jason Kohlmeyer reported that the focus was on the NLS mission of one child, one lawyer. There was also a CLE on early retirement and asset protection.

C. Section Director Reports:
1. Hennepin County:
1) Nov. 5, 2003: Attractive Nuisance at Famous Dave's in Uptown SOLD OUT!!
2) Oct. 21, 2003: ERISA CLE
3) Nov. 5, 2003: Breakfast w/Judges, What You Need to Know Before Making Your First Court Appearance.
4) Dec. 4, 2003: Nuts & Bolts ?? Judge Toussaint will be speaking.
*** See Hennepin County Website for more details

2. Ramsey County:
Laura Hage reported several upcoming events.
1) Oct. 18, 2003: flag football with Ramsey County NLS at Linwood Park in St. Paul from 2-4:00 p.m. and happy hour at Sweeny's after
2) Nov. 11, 2003: Happy Hour at St. Paul Grill

3. Mankato: Jason Kohlmeyer reported that the Sept. 25, 2003 was a success. Approximately 200 people attended. The local bar gave the NLS $200. They will be having a Halloween Party on Oct. 31, 2003.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. Animal Law Section: Laura Hage reported that the Oct. 4, 2003 party had a great turnout. The section has 58 members so far and needs more so that they can formally become a section. Upcoming CLE - Do Animals Have Standing on Nov. 5, 2003 from 12-1:30 at MSBA offices.

2. Human Rights: Erika Donner reported that she missed the meeting but they are in the process of developing at CLE in January on the issue of domestic violence and immigrants.

3. Criminal Law: Rebecca Rhoda fisher reported that the section had a CLE that day on How to Defend a Mentally Ill Client. Next month the section will have probation officers from different counties give a presentation.

4. Elder Law: Doug Debner reported that the section is very upset about the change in legislation.

5. Probate Section: Doug Debner reported that the legislature is trying to pass the Uniform Trust Law Act. It did not make it last year. Minnesota already has about 94% of the legislation included in this act. There may also be a new trust for pets.

6. Appellate Practice: Dan Gilchrist reported that the section is discussing a special certification for appellate attorneys. The section also agreed to be mentors pro bono mentors for the asylum project.

7. Women in Law: Erika Donner reported that SAGE is promoting firms to strive for gender equity. They are looking for firms to sign on, basically pledge to strive to meet the goals set by SAGE. She discussed putting info in the upcoming newsletter.

8. Asylum Appeal training: Robert Webber reported that they had 105 people attending, which was down from the registration of 190, but certainly a good turnout by any measure. The speakers were very good, including Michael Gans, the 8th Circuit Clerk of Court, who traveled to Minneapolis from St. Louise for the CLE. His speech was extremely well-regarded. Jim Baillie was also able to attend and make a few remarks regarding pro bono work. Bob Webber received very positive feedback on the CLE from those who attended, and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights is quite appreciative of our efforts to support their organization. Anyone interested in asylum pro bono work may contact Bob Webber for information.

9. Family Law: Daniel Van Loh reported that on Saturday, October 11, 2003, he attended the MSBA Family Law committee meeting as well as the Strategic Planning Committee meeting for the Family Law Section. The strategic planning committee functions to assess and recommend ways to broaden the membership base and involvement of the Family Law Section as a whole. An effort is being made to develop greater outstate involvement in the section for both CLE's and policy meetings. Also proposed is the MSBA Family Law mentoring program which was tabled for next meeting. The Family Law section discussed the proposed Minnesota Uniform Medication Act and its effect on mediations within the family law context as well as possible conflicts with the Divorce and Mediation, and parenting expeditor statutes.

10. Board of Governors: Tamar Gronville. The next meeting is December 5, 2003. President Jim Baillie presented his vision for the year, which is to increase pro bono participation, access and recognition. I spoke with Mr. Baillie at the August 2003 ABA annual met in San Fran about how the NLS can help implement this theme. We have also had an ongoing discussion, with more updates to come. Tamar would like to know from NLS members what in particular they'd like to see on this front, i.e. more explicit firm support, credit towards billable hour requirements.

Update on the August ABA meeting: The Presidential message was to increase Federal Student Loan Forgiveness, starting with JAG lawyers. Tamar signed up to help with the procedures and protocal, along with Victoria Wu from DC.



Respectfully Submitted,

Rebecca Rhoda-Fisher, Secretary


 

 

New Lawyer's Section Meeting
September 18, 2003


Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Jamal Faleel, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Julia Morgan, Erika Donner, Doug Debner, Jill Pearson, Laura Hage, Dan Gilchrist, Bob Webber and David Palm. Ed Beckman, Tim Simonson, and Jason Kohlmeyer via teleconference.

I.Opening Business:
A. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Joan Schulkers at 5:30 pm.

B. Minutes from the August 21, 2003 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Hearing no amendments, the minutes stand as approved.

II. Old Business:
A. Update of KSTP project:
Joan Schulkers updated the section on the KSTP project. MSBA does not cover the participating attorneys for malpractice insurance. There is a plan available for $2,000.00. There was discussion on whether the section should ask the Volunteer Lawyers Network to participate so that we could be covered under their malpractice insurance. David Palm was going to look into it. Rebecca Rhoda Fisher encouraged all to participate even if they were not originally signed up for a particular date. Better to have more attorneys there than not enough.

III. New Business:
A. Budget:
Jamal Faleel presented the section with his proposed budget for the 2003-2004 year. Bob Webber moved to approve it and David Palm seconded the motion. The proposed budget passed.

B. Fall Regional Conference:
Tim Simonson and Laura Hage expressed interest in attending the Fall Regional Conference in Pittsburg.

C. Asylum Appeal Project:
Bob Webber updated the section of the Asylum Appeal Project. He reported that the response has been unbelievable and there is still time to register and no apparent deadline to do so. There will be a training session at The University of St. Thomas on October 3, 2003 from 8-11:30 a.m. The clerk of the Eighth Circuit will be speaking . Contact Kim Basting with any questions.

D. CLE Update:
Joan Schulkers reported that she has lined up three speakers for CLEs. In November, Joanie Bilbausen will speak on the topic of ethics. In January Neil Hamilton, will speak on the topic of social capital and his bowling alone article. In March, Ken Jorgenson will speak on ethics issues. These CLEs will be presented at 4:15 p.m. immediately before the normal NLS meetings on the third Thursday of the month.

There was discussion regarding advertisement of the CLEs. Dan Gilchrist volunteered to follow up and organize the advertising.
E. LRAP & _Attractive Nuisance:
Heather Vilger spoke to the section about Attractive Nuisance, which is a fundraising event at Famous Dave's in Uptown on November 5, 2003. It is $10 per person and begins at 6:00 p.m. It features 10 bands and each band has at least one attorney in it.

1. Liaison Updates:
none

IV. Reports from officers, directors, and liaisons
A. Officers:
No reports

B. Delegates/Representatives:
Teresa Jones sent a written report on the 2003 Annual Meeting of the ABA and meeting of the House of Delegates. It was a 19-page report and anyone interested can contact MSBA for a copy.

C. Section Director Reports:
1. Hennepin County: Jill Pearson reported that there are several upcoming events in Hennepin County: (1) October 1, 2003, breakfast with Judge Burke; (2) October 2, 2003, social at Solara at 5:00 p.m.; (3) the mentor program; and (4) September 24, 2003, Judges Social

2. Ramsey County: Laura Hage reported several upcoming events: (1) October 18, 2003, flag football with Ramsey County NLS at Linwood Park in St. Paul from 2-4:00 p.m. and happy hour at Sweeny's after; and (2) October 9, 2003, happy hour at the Glockenspiel.

3. Mankato: Jason Kohlmeyer reported that they would be having a social on September 25, 2003 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested can contact him or Krista Grundy.

4. Rochester: It was reported that they would be having a social on September 25, 2003. For more information contact Jaime Girgenti.

5. Willmar: Tim Simonson reported that he would like to get a NLS going in Willmar. He moved for $75 for a social event, Doug Debner seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

D. Liaison Reports:
1. Judicial Elections Committee: Ed Beckman reported that there would be a subcommittee meeting next week and a full committee meetings in November. Anyone with input can e-mail Ed or go to www.mnbar.org/committees/judicial-eletions/. Ed also drafted a summary for the NLS website page.

2. Networking with CPA's: Ed Beckman also discussed that the young CPAs have expressed interest in networking with NLS. Joan asked Ed to get specific dates or events from the CPAs.

3. Appellate Section: Dan Gilchirst reported for Sara Lathrop and requested that $100 be donated to the asylum project.

4. Legislative Section: David Palm reported that there will be a board of govoner meeting in December. If the section wants anything approved we should have it ready to be presented.

5. Animal Law Committee: Laura Hage reported that Chair Barbara Gislason is inviting all to join her for a party at her residence on October 4, 2003 from noon to 4:00 p.m. You can contact her at (612) 825-5587.

6. Family Law: Rebecca Rhoda Fisher reported for Dan Van Loh that he intends on becoming involved in the strategic planning committee, which will focus on increasing membership.

7. Criminal Section: Rebecca Rhoda Fisher reported that Joe Cox from the House R&D dept. spoke at the sections CLE/meeting today on legislative updates. Next month the section plans to have probation officers from various counties discuss their programs.


Respectfully Submitted,

Rebecca Rhoda-Fisher, Secretary


 

New Lawyers Section Meeting
August 21, 2003

Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Jason Kohlmeyer, Becky Rhoda Fisher, Jamal Faleel, Adam Heaton, Vicki Loher, Dan Gilchrist, Kirsten Smith, Ed Beckman, and Trisha Wherlay via telephone.

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order. Joan Schulkers called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m.

B. Minutes from the June 20, 2003 meeting were presented by Rebecca Rhoda Fisher. Jason Kohlmeyer moved to approve them and Jamal Faleel seconded the motion.

II. Old Business:

A. KSTP Lawline Update:
Joan Schulkers reported the first lawline on July 22, 2003 was a success. There was a good turn out by attorneys and the callers were appreciative. Those who want to get involved should contact the coordinator Ryan Winkler or Chair Joan Schulkers.

III. New Business:

A. Budget:
Jamal Faleel reported that he will have a formal budget to be approved at the September meeting.

B. Funding for Affiliates and Non-Affiliates:
Trisha Wherley requested $50 funding for the Brainerd NLS to promote participation. Jason Kohlmeyer moved for the funding and Jamal Faleel seconded the motion.
NLS discussed having at least one officer travel to and attend Affiliate meetings outside of the metro area.

C. News Letter:

Trisha Wherley volunteered to be the editor for the NLS Hearsay Newsletter. Officers agreed to write articles for first newsletter. The section also discussed trying to obtain articles from Affiliates. You can reach Trisha at Wherley@hotmail.com with questions or potential articles.

D. Chicago Regional Conference, Sept. 4-6, 2003.
No one expressed interest but attendance/funding was left open. Anyone interested should contact Joan Schulkers.

E. Asylum Project:
Bob Webber reported via memo that so far 150 people have signed up.

F. CLEs
The section discussed having CLE presentations 1 hour before the regularly scheduled NLS meetings. So far Joan Schulkers has talked to Ken Jorgenson and Neil Hamilton about speaking on ethics and bias issues. The section is looking for a coordinator. Anyone interested should contact Joan Schulkers.

G. Liaison Updates:
Some of the liaison positions are filled. Anyone interested in a position should contact Joan. There is a list on the MSBA website of the different sections and open positions.

H. Charts:
Joan proposed we put a MSBA flowchart on the NLS website so that people can understand MSBA and the different sections and committees.

IV. Reports:

A. Officers:
Chair - no report
Vice Chair - no report
Secretary - no report
Treasurer - formal budget for approval next meeting

B. Delegates/Representatives:
No report from MBSA Board of Governors.
No report from ABA House of Delegates.
Jason Kohlmeyer reported that the San Francisco conference was great. Sara Lathrop reported that it was enlightening.

C. Section Director Reports:
Hennepin County:
Kristen Smith reported that they are participating in the Attractive Nuisance Tour at Famous Dave's in Uptown on November 5, 2003. Tickets are $10 and there will be 11 acts. The money goes to MJF. Contact Craig Sandock for more information or check out attractivenuisancetour.com
They are also playing flag football with Ramsey County.
Vicki reported Loher reported that they will be participating in the usually community service projects - Santa Brings a Law Suit, Glass Slipper, Crisis Nursery.
Henn. Co. is offering a CLE Sept 16, 2003 on Wills.

Mankato:
Jason Kohlmeyer reported that they have a new social chair, Krista Van Gundy, and hope to spark more interest. Jason made a motion for $75 funding and Becky Fisher seconded it.

Rochester:
Joan reported that the new chair, Jamie Girgenti, has expressed interest in being more involved in MSBA. Adam Heaton made a motion for $75 funding and Jamal Faleel seconded it.
Ramsey County: no report

Duluth: no report

St. Cloud: no report

D. Liaison Reports:
Criminal Section: Rebecca Fisher reported that the 9-18-03 noon meeting will include a Legislative Update CLE.

Committee for Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged:
Jamal Faleel reported that he has not had contact with them but will keep the section updated.

Judicial Elections Committee:
Ed Beckman reported that the committee is looking for input on how to address the issue of judicial elections in light of the recent White Federal Supreme Court case. Anyone with input should contact Ed or see the committee's website.
Ed also reported that the Young Accountants is interested in doing more social events with the NLS in addition to the annual get out the vote.

V. Close of Meeting:
Meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

The next meeting will be Sept. 18, 2003 at 5:30 at the MSBA offices.

Respectfully Submitted,
Rebecca Rhoda Fisher
Secretary



Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyers Section
June 20, 2003

Members Present: Bob Webber, Joan Schulkers, Jason Kohlmeyer, Becky Fisher, Joe Fittante, Tami Schroeder, David Palm, Deborah Smith, Rebecca Fisher, Daniel VanLoh, Jamal Faleel, Jennifer Henderson, Megan Blazina, Sarah Sederstrom, T. Mike Davis, Laura Domagala, Amy Taber, Mary Akkerman, Jill Pearson, Jacqui Dorsey, Jason P. Hoffman, Wayde R. Brooks, Doug Debner, Mike Berger, Jeff Cameron, Kirsten Stewart, Vincent Martin, Dan Gilchrist, Sarah Kerbeshian, Heather Toft, Jessica Dvorak, Emily Willits, Julia Morgan, Tamar Gronvall, Ryan Winkler, Kristine Donatelle, Cyrenthia Jordan.

I. Opening Business:
A. Call to Order. Bob Webber called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m.

B. Minutes. There were no minutes presented. The section must still approve minutes from the March, April, and May meetings.

II. Old Business:
A. New Orleans ABA/YLD conference:
Joan Schulkers, Jason Kohlmeyer, and Tami Schroeder reported that it was a lot of fun and a great way to get program ideas.

B. MSBA convention
A. BBQ. Bob Webber reported it was great.
B. NLS social. Joan Schulkers reported the band was great.
C. President's Reception. Joan reported the food and drink were superb.

III. New Business:
A. Jim Baillie- MSBA 2003/2004 President.
Addressed the group and discussed his Pro Bono theme for the upcoming year. We should strive to maintain and improve funding, support non-profit legal programs, encourage individual attorneys and firms to get involved, help develop certain communities and provide pro bono services. He did not have specific ideas for the NLS section but there is a pro bono opportunities book available on-line that lists different groups attorneys can get involved in to help or contact Nancy Cleeman at MSBA.

B. Chris Berg (KSTP news director) and Ron Rosenbaum (attorney) re: KSTP Lawline.
KSTP looking for 10-12 attorneys to participate in Lawline. Attorneys will answer calls for evening new cast 1 time per month. Promotes MSBA, pro bono work, and potential business for attorneys. They want to get this started in July.
Ryan Winkler volunteered to be the coordinator and Dan Van Loh volunteered to be co-coordinator.

C. New Liaisons:
Anyone interested in a liaison position should let the new chair, Joan Schulkers know.

D. Bob Webber was presented with a plaque for his service as Chair for 2002/2003.

E. Meetings will continue to be on the third Thursday of every month beginning in September unless the officers decide otherwise.

IV. Reports:
A. Officers:
Chair - no report
Vice Chair - no report
Secretary - no report
Treasurer - Jason Kohlmeyer reported we were right on budget.

B. Delegates/Representatives: no report

C. Affiliates: no report

D. Liaisons:
Criminal Section: Rebecca Fisher updated the section on the Criminal Section's upcoming meeting/CLE and officer elections on June 27, 2003.

Legislative updates: David Palm updated the section on recent legislative updates including the conceal and carry law, 2 a.m. bar closing and new fee schedule. The updates are on the legislative website. Next session they want to focus on child support.

V. Elections:
4 officers were nominated by the Nominating Committee: Chair, Joan Schulkers, Vice Chair, Jason Kohlmeyer, Secretary, Rebecca Rhoda Fisher, Treasurer, S. Jamal Faleel. None of the officer positions were contested, therefore, a motion was made by Darren Dandreg to approve the officers nominated by the committee. Dan Van Loh seconded the motion.

VI. Close of Meeting:
Meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

The next meeting will be Sept. 18, 2003 unless otherwise arranged by the officers.

Respectfully Submitted,
Rebecca Rhoda Fisher
Secretary


MSBA NEW LAWYERS SECTION MINUTES
Thursday, May 15, 2003 MSBA Offices, City Center
5:30 p.m. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Bob Webber, Joan Schulkers (by phone), Jason Kohlmeyer (by phone), Kerry Bundy (by phone), Joe Fittante (by phone), Jamal Faleel (by phone), Mary Ackerman, Laura Domagala, Jill Pearson, Ed Beckmann, Doug Debner, Sara Lathrop, Tamar Gronvall, Cyrenthia Jordan, Teresa McClain, Renee Anderson (MSBA staff).

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order. Bob Webber called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

B. Minutes. There were no minutes presented. The section must still approve minutes from the March and April meetings.

II. Old Business:

A. Habitat Day. Sara Lathrop, Joan Schulkers, and Jill Pearson participated in the Section's Habitat for Humanity Day. They reported that 8 people in attendance at Habitat Day from the Section. They were assigned to do roofing, which was a fairly difficult task. It was determined that Jaren Johnson might be the handiest member of the New Lawyers Section. It was suggested that the Section should do more to promote the event if it sponsors a day next year, as a number of those who signed up did not attend. Also, the Section should choose a day which allows members to participate more fully, that is, involves easier tasks than roofing.

III. New Business:

A. Convention planning. Kerry Bundy updated the Section on MSBA Convention planning. On Wednesday, June 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., there is the Judges' Welcome BBQ. New Lawyers are encouraged to get judges from across the state, at all levels, to participate in the Welcome BBQ. New Lawyers will also be needed to serve as BBQ Hosts. It is unclear whether the cost of the BBQ will be waived if you serve as a Host. On Thursday, June 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the New Lawyers are sponsoring the Post-President's Reception Social at the Hyatt Regency. Kerry and Convention Co-Chair, Teresa Jones, are lining up a band for the social, and are making final decisions on a theme.

B. Funding Delegates to San Francisco. The Section voted to fund Joan Schulkers, Tamar Gronvall, and Sara Lathrop for the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August. The funded delegates will each be given $800 to cover costs of the trip. It is expected that all of the funding will be spent and receipts submitted to the Section Treasurer, Jason Kohlmeyer, by June 27, 2003. Jason will then submit the receipts to MSBA by June 30, 2003, the end of this Bar Year. The funding should be spent out of this Bar Year's budget.

C. Update on Nominations. The following people have expressed interest in serving as officers next year: Joan Schulkers, as Chair; Jason Kohlmeyer, as Vice Chair; Becky Fisher, as Secretary; and Jaren Johnson, as Treasurer. The election will be held on Friday, June 20, at noon, at the Hyatt Regency, as part of the Section's Annual Meeting.

IV. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Bob Webber updated the Section on the ABA asylum training project. The training will occur on Friday, October 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the new University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis. The half-day training session will promote new lawyers taking pro bono asylum cases before the 8th Circuit. The training is possible as a result of a grant from the ABA.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers updated the Section on a couple different community service projects, supported by MSBA and Hennepin County New Lawyers. New Lawyers will be purchasing supplies for Home Free, a shelter in Plymouth for abused women and children. New Lawyers will also be purchasing supplies for The Bridge, a homeless shelter for teens. The Bridge has also asked New Lawyers to speak on Sunday, May 18, at a career day, and also on Tuesday, June 3, at a "know your rights" seminar.

3. Treasurer. No report

4. Secretary. No report.

B. Delegates/Representatives. No report.

C. Affiliates. No report.

D. Liaisons.

1. Probate & Trusts. Doug Debner updated the Section on developments in Probate & Trusts, including possible changes being made by the state legislature.

2. Appellate Practice. Sara Lathrop updated the Section on the Appellate Practice Section's major CLE at the MSBA Convention on the University of Michigan affirmative action case.

3. Judicial Elections. Ed Beckmann updated the Section on his work as a New Lawyers liaison to the MSBA Committee studying judicial elections. The Committee's work is on hold until it receives appointments from the state legislature and governor.

4. Pro Bono Military Families. Joe Fittante updated the Section on the pro bono for military families project. Approximately 20 people agreed to provide pro bono services, if needed. Joe will be following up with Jim Haase to determine whether there is a continuing need and whether we should re-circulate/update the memo encouraging members to be involved.

5. Model Rules Task Force. Sally Silk submitted a written report on the work of the MSBA Task Force involved in reviewing and revising the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

It was discussed generally that the new Chair, in July 2003, will have the ability to appoint new liaisons. If you are interested in serving as a liaison, you should keep this in mind and contact the new Chair in July.

V. Closing Business/Announcements:

Meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

The next Section business meeting will be the Annual Meeting, on Friday, June 20, 2003, at noon, at the second floor of the Hyatt Regency.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert P. Webber
MSBA NLS Chair (serving as Secretary)


NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

MINUTES

Thursday, April 17, 2003, 5:30 p.m.
MSBA Offices, City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Joan Schulkers, Jaren Johnson, Jason Kohlmeyer (via telephone), Doug Debner, Dave Palm, Rebecca Fisher, Erin Shields, and Andrew Moratzka.

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order. Joan Schulkers called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

B. Minutes. The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held on March 20, 2003 were presented for the Sections' approval. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the minutes for March 2003 were unanimously approved.

II. Old Business:

A. Spring Social update. Doug Debner informed the Section that the Spring Social was a rousing success. There was a good turnout with heavy representation by the law student community. Discussions were had of holding the event in St. Paul next year. Mr. Debner estimated that approximately 250 people attended the event with approximately 120 people signing in.

III. New Business:

A. Habitat for Humanity Day update. Jaren Johnson updated the Section on the volunteer day scheduled for April 25. Approximately 20 Section members have volunteered to participate in the event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the Section.

B. Election of Nomination Committee. Joan Schulkers informed the Section of the open positions for the Nomination Committee. Any Section member may be on the Nomination Committee as long as they are not also seeking another elected position within the Section. The Section previously approved Tamar Gronvall and Chris Kaisershot as Nomination Committee members.

C. Convention Update. Teresa Jones provided a report on the upcoming convention. Ms. Jones informed the Section that the sponsor for the New Lawyers Social, The Affiliates, had backed out at the last minute, even after all of the programs for the event had been printed with their name in the program. Ms. Jones stated that she has not been successful in lining up a replacement sponsor on such short notice and without the ability to include that sponsor's name in the program. As a result, Ms. Jones requested an additional $1,000 funding that make the social event and related activities a success. This amount would bring the total budget for the convention to $2,000. Doug Debner moved to approve the setting aside of an additional $1,000 as requested. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the motion was approved, with Jason Kohlmeyer voting nay.

D. Treasurer's Report. Jason Kohlmeyer provided a report on the financial health of the Section. He reported that there is a projected budget surplus of $5,167, of which $3000 represents the credit received from the MSBA for the email expense of last year and is not therefore accessible until $2,167 of the budget is exhausted.

E. Revised Budget Resolution-proposed by Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers proposed to utilize the remaining budget of the Section by contributing time and donating Section funds to two new projects.

Home Free is a program that assists in the renovation and/or improvement of living quarters for program beneficiaries such as homeless mothers. The program would take on such activities as decorating a room for the use of the program beneficiaries. The HCBA New Lawyers Section has donated $1,000 to this program.

The Bridge is a service project that helps runaway youth groups by purchasing such items as. It focuses on those youths too old for foster care, older than 18 years old, who are not yet ready to live independently. It also assists teen mothers and there children in meeting their basic needs. The project would provide items such as care packages, apartment supplies, clothes, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

Ms. Schulkers proposed a $1,000 grant from the Section for assistance with the two programs. The program is anticipated to commence on or before June 30, 2003, and volunteers are needed to purchase and create the care packages and supplies to be distributed. Dave Palm moved to approve the $1,000 grant and upon a voice vote of all members present, the motion was unanimously approved.

IV. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Bob Webber was absent.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers reported that there are open ABA YLD positions.

3. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer reported that new officers had been elected in the Mankato Section and that they had a productive lunch meeting.

4. Secretary. Jaren Johnson had no report.

B. Delegates/Representatives. No report.

C. Affiliates. No report

D. Liaisons.

1. Elder Law. Doug Debner reported on the attempt that is being made to invalidate life estate remainder trusts. Mr. Debner stated that the Secretary of Health and Human Services is seeking to apply it retroactively, which in all likelihood would be viewed by the courts as unconstitutional as a taking of property. Mr. Debner inquired into the rules and bylaws of the Section and the requirements to propose and pass a resolution for Section support of a position in opposition to the proposed legislation. Substantial discussion was had on the policy objectives of the Section and whether it was wise to take a stand on such political issues.

2. Appellate Practice Section. Sara Lathrop had no report.

3. Legislative. David Palm had no report.

4. Construction Law. Ted Roberts informed the Section of an upcoming CLE that will occur at the Construction Law Sections upcoming meeting on April 11, 2003.

5. Model Task Force Rules. Sally Silk reported on that the Task Force discussed Lawyers as Advocates, the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Conflicts at its March meeting. The committee discussed adoption of ABA Model Rule 5.5, but concern was expressed regarding certain exemptions of corporate counsel from state licensure requirements. It was agreed that the Board of Law Examiners will revisit Rule 9 on temporary licensing of in-house counsel at its April meeting. It will also consider amending the rule to provide increased flexibility for counsel seeking admission in Minnesota under the rule.

V. Closing Business/Announcements:

Next meeting will be May 15, 2003, 5:30 p.m. at the MSBA offices.

VI. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jaren L. Johnson
MSBA NLS Secretary

 


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

MINUTES

Thursday, March 20, 2003 MSBA Offices, City Center
5:30 p.m. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Bob Webber, Joan Schulkers, Jaren Johnson, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jill Pearson, Ted Roberts, Teresa Jones, Kerry Bundy, Doug Debner, Phil Elbert, Ed Beckmann, Chris Kaisershot, Kristin Longley, Tamar Gronvall, David Palm, Emerald Gratz, Rebecca Fisher, and Mark Anderson via telephone.

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order. Robert Webber called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

B. Minutes. The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held on February 20, 2003 were presented for the Sections' approval. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the minutes for February 2003 were unanimously approved.

II. Old Business: None.

III. New Business:

A. Spring Social update. Doug Debner informed the Section of the upcoming Spring Social on April 3, 2003 at the Palomino in Minneapolis. The Social will be held in conjunction with the Hennepin County and Ramsey County New Lawyers Sections. Invitations have been submitted to local law schools and the event will be sponsored in part by Benchmark Reporting Agency and K&B Copy Group. Door prizes and beverages will be provided.

B. Habitat for Humanity Day update. Jaren Johnson updated the Section on the MSBA Habitat for Humanity project which is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2003. The New Lawyers Section volunteer day will be April 25. Volunteers are requested to commit a full day (9:00 to 4:00) and bring any tools owned to assist in the work. Lunch will be provided by the Section but volunteers should bring water or other refreshments for consumption throughout the day.

C. MSBA Board of Governors position. The Section is provided one seat on the MSBA Board of Governors, the policy making Board of the MSBA. This position is in addition to the automatic seat the Chair of the Section holds on the Executive Committee of the MSBA. The Board of Governors meets four times each year and determines how the MSBA and individual sections will be governed. The NLS seat is important in voicing the concerns of the NLS on policies that will directly affect how the NLS is operated and governed. Any member of the Section may Tamar Gronvall expressed interest in the one-year position which begins on July 1, 2003. Chris Kaisershot moved to approve Ms. Gronvall as the NLS representative to the Board of Governors and Teresa Jones seconded the motion. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the nomination of Ms. Gronvall was unanimously approved.

D. Convention Update. This years MSBA convention will be held in Minneapolis on June 18-21, 2003 at the Hyatt on the Nicollet Mall. The NLS is sponsoring a welcome BBQ on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at the Nicollet Island Inn. The Section is encouraging judges, members of the Bar, and all new lawyers to attend the kick-off event to mingle and become acquainted with other members of the Bar and the Judiciary. The Section has budgeted $500 for this event. The members of the Section's convention committee are Teresa Jones, Kerry Bundy, Jennifer Henderson and Jessica Smith.

On Thursday, June 19, Dennis Archer, President-elect of the MSBA, will be a seminar keynote speaker. The Section will sponsor a social gathering at the Hyatt from 8:30 to 10:30

On Friday, June 20, the Convention will include continuing legal education opportunities and a golf outing. The Section will hold a business meeting for the purpose of electing the Section's officers for the 2003-2004 Bar year.

E. Military Families-Pro Bono Project. Joe Fittante submitted a report for the Section's consideration discussing a pro bono opportunity assisting military families with various legal matters. Military personnel and families residing in Minnesota are provided with legal assistance for probate matters, family law issues, landlord/tenant disputes and debtor/creditor law. Section members proficient in such areas are encouraged to participate in the pro bono effort and contact Mr. Fittante or Jim Haase.

F. Interest from out-of-state NLS members. Bob Webber received requests from out-state NLS members requesting to become more involved with the Section. Discussion on the matter conceded that most, if not all, activities of the Section are held in the Twin Cities metro area. Although any member may participate in the monthly business meetings by telephone, Mr. Webber suggested that the Section explore alternatives to include out-state Section members.

IV. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Bob Webber updated the Section on the ABA Asylum training project. The training will occur in September or October at the new University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis. The half-day training session on successfully advocating pro bono asylum cases before the 8th Circuit are open to any interested persons willing to commit to defending one or two asylum cases.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers had no report.

3. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer reported that the Section may experience a surplus at the end of the 2003-04 fiscal year.

4. Secretary. Jaren Johnson had no report.

B. Delegates/Representatives. No report.

C. Affiliates. HCBA Affiliate Joan Schulkers provided an update on the HCBA's Glass Slipper Project held on March 10-11, 2003. Ms. Schulkers informed the Section that the event was very successful and actually resulted in more donations than were needed. The prom dresses were provided to the students of North High School and Patrick Henry High School. Due to the success of the event, additional high schools are being considered for inclusion in the event next year.

Ms. Schulkers also informed the Section of the HCBA New Lawyers Happy Hour that will be held on the first Thursday of April at Martini Blue in the Grand Hotel.

D. Liaisons.

1. House of Delegates. Teresa Jones provided an updated and comprehensive report of the 2003 Midyear meeting of the ABA House of Delegates meeting, held in Seattle, Washington on February 5 through 11, 2003.

2. Criminal Law. Becky Fisher informed the Section of an upcoming CLE on March 25, 2003 discussing the issues of recent developments in DWI law. Interested parties may call in to attend the CLE event.

3. Family Law. Kristin Longley informed the Section of an upcoming family law sponsored CLE.

4. Construction Law. Ted Roberts informed the Section of an upcoming CLE that will occur at the Construction Law Sections upcoming meeting on April 11, 2003.

5. Model Task Force Rules. Sally Silk reported on the meetings held by the Model Rules Task Force Committee. The Committee is considering which provisions of the ABA changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct will be submitted to the June meeting of the MSBA. Such recommendations will then be forwarded to the Minnesota Supreme Court for possible inclusion into the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.

6. Judicial Elections Committee. Ed Beckmann reported on the dramatic changes soon to be realized from the decision in White vs. Republican Party. In a 5-4 decision, the Court struck down the judicial cannon regarding the non-partisan election rule which the judiciary was previously required to obey. Alternatives are currently being considered by the Minnesota legislature, including the possibility of scraping the judiciary election system for an appointment process.

7. Legislative Section. David Palm noted that overall budget constraints are being experienced in the various court systems throughout the state. The situation is so extreme that courthouses will soon be closing or only accesible on very limited hours of operation.

V. Closing Business/Announcements:

Next meeting will be April 17, 2003, 5:30 p.m. at the MSBA offices.

VI. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jaren L. Johnson
MSBA NLS Secretary



MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting
MINUTES

Thursday, February 20, 2003, 5:30 p.m.
MSBA Offices, City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Bob Webber, Jaren Johnson, Jason Kohlmeyer, Joan Schulkers, Greg Walsh, Doug Debner, Erin Shields, Kristin Longley, Sara Lathrop, Jill Pearson, Matt Schultz, Ted Roberts, Jaime Driggs, Dan VanLoh, Rebecca Fisher, Tamar Gronvall, Brian Fischer, S. Jamal Faleel, Chris Kaisershot, Jim Haase, Teresa Jones, Lance LaFrombois, and Jennifer Henderson via telephone.

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order. Robert Webber called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. Introductions were made by the members present.

B. Minutes. The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held in December 2002 and January 2003 were presented for the Sections approval. Dan VanLoh's name was once again misspelled. Chris Kaisershot moved for approval and Joan Schulkers seconded. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the minutes for December 2002 and January 2003 were unanimously approved.

II. Old Business: None.

III. New Business:

A. Spring Social. Doug Debner provided a status update to the Section on the planning activities for the Spring Social. The Social will be held on April 3, 2003. The date was selected in anticipation of a large law school student turnout. The Social will take place in conjunction with a planned event by the HCBA at the Pickled Parrot. The HCBA has pledged $1,000 to the event, with the MSBA NLS contributing another $450. Mr. Debner is working to secure donations and promotion of the Social to ensure favorable attendance.

B. Habitat for Humanity Day. Jaren Johnson informed the Section that the MSBA Habitat for Humanity project will be held from April 1 to June 21, 2003. The New Lawyers Section volunteer day will be April 25. No special skills are necessary, but extra tools are always appreciated. The plans for the proposed home at 843 Magnolia Avenue East in St. Paul were circulated during the meeting. Volunteers for the NLS include Bob Webber, Doug Debner, Joan Schulkers, Becky Fisher, Teresa Jones, Tamar Gronvall, Jim Haase, Kristin Longley, Erin Shields, Jamal Faleel, Jill Pearson, Sara Lathrop, Lance LaFrombois, and Jaren Johnson. The Section approved $100 for pizza while the volunteers work on the Habitat project.

C. Seattle Conference. The Section delegates to the Mid-Year ABA meeting held in Seattle provided a report to the Section. The Section pays for delegate funding when an employer cannot fund the delegate's attendance. In return for funding, each delegate provides a report to the Section detailing the new ideas, concepts and innovative projects that are being conducted in other sections across the nation. Tamar Gronvall reported that the meeting this year had a strong social component. Ms. Gronvall attended an interesting CLE entitled "50 Legal Tips in 50 Minutes" as well as YLD policy making sessions. This year the ABA YLD is looking at endorsing curriculum changes in law schools to enhance the awareness of domestic violence and abuse. Ms. Gronvall also noted that the YLD President has employed an educational theme to his presidential term and that there are many open positions within the YLD leadership, with several local attorneys vying for the open positions. Doug Debner reported on the business debates that occurred including Homeland Security and how the United States Congress has chosen to define "enemy combatant." Mr. Debner was particularly impressed with how the debate procedure and meeting rules were managed. Teresa Jones also reported on the debate procedures and law school initiatives, and further noted how the delegates addressed asbestos related injuries. Ms. Jones indicated that the delegates were in favor of setting a high threshold to bring an asbestos claim and were also in favor of requiring a malignant injury to trigger relief under the proposed new rules. Ms. Jones indicated that an ABA dues increase may be forthcoming in the next year.

D. New Orleans Funding. Bob Webber reported that funding is available for the May 2003 ABA YLD conference in New Orleans. The ABA YLD Spring Conference in New Orleans will run from May 15-18. Each of four delegates selected to represent the Section will receive $550 to cover the costs of attending the convention. NLS members selected as delegates for the conference include Jaren Johnson, Becky Fisher, Jamal Faleel and Erin Shields. Additional funds of $200 are available from the ABA if delegates attend the sessions. There is no registration fee for the conference, but a statement is required that the chosen delegate's firm is unable or unwilling to pay for the delegate's attendance at the event. Each delegate will pay for his or her expenses and submit them to the MSBA for reimbursement. Other delegates will be funded from various Minnesota organizations including Joan Schulkers as a delegate of the HCBA.

IV. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Bob Webber reported on the ABA YLD public service grant. The $2,000 grant from the ABA will be used to provide a half day training session on successfully advocating pro bono asylum cases before the 8th Circuit. The project offers a valuable opportunity to work with senior lawyers extremely well versed in the field of appellate law. St. Thomas will be the venue for the training.

Mr. Webber also informed the Section on the current issues before the legislature including the taxing of legal services, with a lobbyist from Winthrop and Weinstein advocating the position of the MSBA.

Mr. Webber noted that the Section's budget is on a three year cycle with a current budget of approximately $13,000. The Section has requested an increase to $16,000 for each year of the next three year, largely to cover the increased costs of e-mail. The MSBA will consider the Section's request at the MSBA budget meeting on February 25, 2003.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers distributed an article written by Bonnie Sipkins for those interested in participating on the boards of non-profit organizations. Ms. Schulkers also noted that the video presentation of the Texas NLS project on the prevention of violence was now available.

3. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer had no report.

4. Secretary. Jaren Johnson had no report.

B. Delegates/Representatives. See III (C) above.

C. Affiliates. HCBA Affiliate Joan Schulkers reported on the HCBA's Glass Slipper Project. Ms. Schulkers requested funding from the Section to support the event that will be held on March 10-11 at North High School and Patrick Henry High School. The event receives donations from Restaurants and jewelry stores, as well as the generous donations of MSBA members to provide under privileged prom goers with appropriate attire and accessories. Approximately 150 dresses are provided to each high school. The Section unanimously approved the grant of $200 toward the HCBA project.

Ms. Schulkers also informed the Section of the HCBA New Lawyers Happy Hour that will be held on the first Thursday of March at Martini Blue in the Grand Hotel.

D. Liaisons.

1. Model Rules Task Force. Sally Silk submitted a written report on the January 2003 meeting of the ABA Task Force on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The mission of the Task Force is to review the recently amended Model Rules and to make recommendations regarding their implementation in Minnesota. The monthly Task Force meetings are geared toward devising a proposed set of rules that will be submitted to the MSBA General Assembly on June 18, 2003, which will in turn submit the revised rules to the Minnesota Supreme Court for approval. The Task Force has recently been focusing on the definitions within Rule 1.6(b)(8) wherein "actual or potential" was inserted before the word "controversy," and requiring the client to sign a separate document with regard to informed consent in a conflict.

2. Criminal Law. Becky Fisher reported on the discussions that occurred regarding the testing of intoxicated individuals.

3. Family Law. Dan VanLoh reported on the discussions that took place regarding revamping the child support rules.

4. Appellate. Sara Lathrop reported on another appellate pilot project that is in the works regarding criminal appeals. Tom Boyd from Winthrop and Weinstein is in charge of the project and all those interested should contact Ms. Lathrop.

5. Construction Law. The Construction Law Section discussed damages for construction delay claims and will host an upcoming CLE entitled "You're Fired/I Quit."

6. Business Section. Cam Hoang noted that all new lawyers interested in the Business Law Section are welcome to attend the meetings and participate.

7. Rebekkah Brown had no report.

V. Closing Business/Announcements:

Next meeting will be March 20, 2003, 5:30 p.m. at the MSBA offices.

VI. Adjournment:

A. Dan VanLoh motioned and Chris Kaisershot seconded adjournment of the meeting at 6:35 p.m. The motion was unanimously carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Jaren L. Johnson
MSBA NLS Secretary


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting
MINUTES

Thursday, January 16, 2003, 5:30 p.m.
MSBA Offices, City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Bob Webber, Jaren Johnson, Jason Kohlmeyer, Doug Debner, Daniel Van Loh, Rebecca Fisher, Gretchen Pesek, Joe Fittante, Jr., Ted Roberts, Sara Lathrop, Scott Roste, Renee Anderson, Tamar Gronvall, Rebekah Bro, Teresa Jones, Drew Moratzka, Todd Gardner, Dave Palm, Lance LaFrombois, Cam Hoang, Kari Thurlow, and Mark Mitchell.

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order. Robert Webber called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. Introductions were made by the members present.

B. Minutes. The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held in December had not yet been reviewed by the members present. Approval of the December 2002 minutes was tabled to the February meeting.

II. Guest:

A. Kevin Campana, Esq., Executive Director for William Mitchell's Center for Law & Leadership addressed the Section. Mr. Campana indicated they are not competing with Minnesota CLE or others, but rather are looking for new and interesting continuing legal education offerings not currently covered, such as CLE's for legal secretaries and paralegals. The Center is looking to cover what new attorneys might not have learned in law school such as:

Opportunities could be provided to out state attorneys through the use of videos. Pricing of the course offerings would be competitive with other CLE opportunities. Advertising of the course offerings is currently scheduled for inexpensive mailings with a potential move to e-mail notices. Ideas or suggestions for potential CLE offerings should be submitted to Mr. Campana at kcampana@wmitchell.edu.

III. Old Business: None.

IV. New Business:

A. Mock Trial Program. Kari Thurlow reported on the success of the Oltman Mock competition. Thanks to volunteers, 12 teams participated in the event of more than 200 high school students. Individual speaking awards as well as team awards were presented to participants. Students will participate in the regional tournament in February and March. A link to the event is on the MSBA's website. Judging of the competitions is encouraged as a valuable way to give back to the community. Typical time commitments include two hours of judging on Saturday mornings or Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

B. Spring Social. Doug Debner indicated planning for the event is nearly complete. Location for the event will be chosen to maximize participation by all section members and law students in the area. The date for the social will be no later than April 17, 2003, and will be scheduled to coincide around law students' final exams. Donations are currently being sought for door prizes.

C. Habitat for Humanity Day. Jaren Johnson reported that the Habitat project is moving forward and meetings are being scheduled between Habitat coordinators and MSBA section leaders. All NLS members are encouraged to offer participation and or contributions to this worthwhile activity.

V. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Bob Webber indicated that two NLS members have been funded for the Seattle Midyear Conference. Funding for the New Orleans convention will be decided at the next NLS meeting.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers was not present.

3. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer moved the NLS to set up an ad hoc committee to nominate two or three NLS members to the Up & Coming Attorneys list. The motion was unanimously approved. Persons interested in participating or nominating Section members should contact Jason at kohlmeyer@manahanbluth.com.

4. Secretary. Jaren Johnson had no report.

B. Delegates/Representatives. No reports.

C. Affiliates. No reports.

D. Liaisons.

1. Business Section. Cam Hoang reported that a business law symposium will be held in May. The Business Section is looking for volunteers to introduce speakers for the symposium. Interested parties should contact Cam Hoang at hoang.cam@dorseylaw.com.

2. Teresa Jones reported on the communications received regarding the 2003 Midyear Seattle Conference and House of Delegates meeting.

3. Doug Debner reported on the advocacy of changing the law at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The proposed change includes eliminating life estates and remainder interests in an effort to capture more funds for the State.

4. Real Property. Rebekah Brown has expressed interest in this liaison position and will be appointed as such.

5. Appellate. Sara Lathrop has expressed interest in this liaison position and will be appointed as such.

6. Construction Law. Ted Roberts has expressed interest in this liaison position and will be appointed as such.

VI. Closing Business/Announcements:

Next meeting will be February 20, 2003, 5:30 p.m. at MSBA offices.

VII. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jaren L. Johnson
MSBA NLS Secretary


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting
MINUTES

Thursday, December 19, 2002, 5:30 p.m.
MSBA Offices, City Center Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Bob Webber, Joan Schulkers, Jaren Johnson, Jolie Lahlum, Doug Debner, Renee Anderson, Chris Kaisershot, Daniel Van Loh, Tamar Gronvall, Scott Roste, Erik Girvan, Patrick Boulay and Mark Cohen (Minnesota Lawyer), and Jason Kohlmeyer (via telephone).

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order. Robert Webber called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. Introductions were made by the members present.

B. Minutes. The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held in September and November were presented for approval. Approval of the September and November meeting minutes was moved by Joan Schulkers and seconded by Jolie Lahlum. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the September and November minutes were unanimously approved.

C. Agenda.

II. Guests:

A. Pat Boulay, publisher of the Minnesota Lawyer, and Mark Cohen, editor in chief of the Minnesota Lawyer, were present and addressed the section. Mr. Cohen presented an overview of the Minnesota Lawyer periodical, noting its broad coverage. Minnesota Lawyer covers and reports on every appellate courts decision in conjunction with Finance & Commerce. Mr. Cohen described the interesting history of the publication and the current goals and activities. Special sections are published throughout the year covering pro bono activities, attorneys of the year, judicial elections and up and coming attorneys. Nominations for up and coming attorneys will be accepted starting in February 2003. The NLS Section congratulates section members Jason Kohlmeyer and Sonia Miller-Van Oort on their selection as up and coming attorneys for 2002.

III. Old Business:

A. NLS budget. The proposed budget, as amended from last months meeting, was again presented to the section for approval. Bob Webber explained that if the section exceeds the annual budget of $13,300, the section will receive an additional $2,900. This extra budget amount was granted by the MSBA for email expenses, and printing and distribution of last year's newsletter. The current budget year will end on June 30, 2003. The newsletter will be available to section members through a link on the section's website. The budget line item for the San Francisco conference was moved to the 2003-2004 budget. It was suggested that a sub-committee be formed for researching and enacting an email policy for the section.

A motion was made by Jason Kohlmeyer and seconded by Joan Schulkers to approve the 2002-2003 budget as presented. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the motion was unanimously approved.

B. Santa Brings a Lawsuit. Tamar Gronvall reported that the event was a huge success in Hennepin County. Donations were so voluminous that it required two hours to pack up the items received. It was suggested that press coverage should be sought out for next years event and the names of the charities should be listed in advance to allow those who could not make the event the opportunity to donate clothing. Next years governing council should consider placing the activity on the budget as a $0 expense. Reports from other districts on the success of their event had not yet been received.

IV. New Business:

A. Mock Trial Program. Kari Thurlow reported that the Oltman Mock Trial team is still looking for volunteer judges to assist at their invitational on January 10-11. The event is supplemental to the Regional tournaments held in February. There are currently 13 teams registered for the event. David Van Loh indicated the he has participated in the past and highly recommends the activity.

B. Spring Social. This informal event in held each year and will include law school students this year. The planning for the event will be done in conjunction with the law schools and once the activity is set, it will be advertised to the section and other interested parties. However, emphasis will be placed on funding for door prizes rather than ads, and sponsorship is being sought from such entities as Minnesota Lawyer, Westlaw and Lexis. A goal of the event is to build relationships with the students. The date will be sometime prior to law school finals.

V. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Bob Webber reported on the ABA/YLD grant to fund training for a pro bono program. The grant might be received sometime in February and the training held next fall.

The law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Robins Kaplan may take the asylum case where assistance was requested to prepare briefs arguing the issue of summary affirmance. The summary affirmance issue is ripe for Appeals Court review as the 8th Circuit is being overwhelmed with cases.

The NLS by-laws are available on the section's website.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers reported that the Hennepin County Glass Slipper project is going forward

3. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer had no report.

4. Secretary. Jaren Johnson reported on the discussions with Jon Duckstad and Tim Groshens regarding the NLS taking a more active role in the MSBA's Habitat for Humanity Project. Each year the Habitat project requires approximately $40,000 and 8-10 weeks of labor, with 15-20 people needed each day. Currently, MSBA staff coordinates the Habitat project but has expressed a desire to be relieved of this obligation. Approximately one-third of the MSBA sections participate. After a discussion by the section members present, it was determined that the taking over the project would be too large of a commitment for the NLS. The NLS will however, continue to support the project both financially and with the support of volunteers donating their time.

B. Delegates/Representatives. No reports.

C. Affiliates. Chris Kaisershot reported that in addition to the Hennepin County NLS's Glass Slipper project, a program is being devised that will be directed toward attacking racism through diversity.

D. Liaisons.

1. Family Law. David Van Loh reported that new child support law is currently under debate with heavy lobbying efforts.

2. Life and Law. Jolie Lahlum reported that a bike ride sub-committee had been formed to push the sections "Power Ride" program forward.

3. Bankruptcy. Greg Walsh reported on the activities of the section.

4. RCBA NLS. Dan Rauenhorst resigned his liaison position.

VI. Closing Business/Announcements: None.

VII. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jaren L. Johnson
MSBA NLS Secretary


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION

Council Meeting

MINUTES
Thursday, November 21, 2002 -5:30 p.m.
MSBA Offices, City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Bob Webber, Joan Schulkers, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jaren Johnson, Laura Krishnan, Jolie Lahlum, Doug Debner, Renee Anderson, Chris Kaisershot, Cam Hoang, Roger Belfay, Teresa Jones, Kari Thurlow, Michelle Carbaugh, Ed Beckmann, Matt Schultz (St. Thomas rep), David Palm, Daniel Van Loh, Jon Schindel (William Mitchell rep), Lynn Archer, Jon Duckstad (MSBA President), Jennifer Henderson and Liz Weinandt (via telephone)

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order: Robert Webber called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.

B. Minutes: The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held in September have not been presented for approval and were tabled to December's meeting. Approval of the minutes of the October meeting was moved by Chris Kaisershot and seconded by Jason Kohlmeyer. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the October minutes were unanimously approved.

C. Agenda.

II. Guest:

A. Jon Duckstad, president of the MSBA, was present and addressed the section. Mr. Duckstad was pleased to report that the New Lawyers Section was the most active section within the MSBA. It has been a busy year for the MSBA, conducting such activities as a convention for bar presidents from surrounding states and a luncheon with the Minnesota Supreme Court, where the NLS's esteemed Chair was present. Following are the goals that the MSBA is seeking to achieve this year:

1. To bring unity within the bar association. There are 21 local bar associations within the state and Mr. Duckstad and others have traveled to 20 of them. The MSBA is seeking to showcase member lawyers in the Bench and Bar magazine and recognize the commitment of lawyers to the bar association that are outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

2. Increase, enhance and utilize technology to provide expanded and improved access to members of the bar association.

3. Presence at the state legislature. Provide support for the opposition to a sales tax on legal services. Assist the courts in securing funding for programs such as pro bono services and services for the disadvantaged.

III. Old Business:

A. NLS budget. The proposed budget was presented and explained by Jason Kohlmeyer. The budget runs from July 1 to June 30 of each year and is in its 3rd year of a 3-year cycle. The NLS budget is an internal budget only meaning that the MSBA does not track specific fund disbursements. Discussion was had by several members present regarding specific line items within the budget as follows:

1. Meeting Expenses. The NLS is being charged $.04 for each email sent out for meeting notices. This specific expense is not an item that was included in the budget, as it has not been charged before. Renee Anderson (MSBA liaison) will be checking into the written policy and validity of this charge. Mr. Duckstad indicated that the NLS Chair can request to be heard before the Operations Committee regarding this charge. It was noted that the budget for meeting expenses was exceeded last year and should be increased for this year, especially considering the directive to gain greater attendance at the meetings and the corresponding expenses associated with that goal.

2. Conventions. Joan Schulkers indicated the breakdown of the next two conventions include two delegates at $600 each for the New Orleans convention and two delegates at $750 each for the Seattle convention. Chris Kaisershot noted that the convention in San Francisco in August 2003 is technically in next years budget, which could make more than $1,600 available for other items for this fiscal year.

3. The newsletter will be sent by email only and not by mailing a hardcopy to members. The budget for the newsletter is $1,000 and the cost of actually mailing it would be closer to $3,000. There is a possibility of sending another newsletter by email sometime next year.

4. Miscellaneous. The social event with law students is included in the Misc. Events/Socials line item. The NLS will still send people to the New Lawyers Experience but will not be funding such attendance. The budget for New Programs is a matching number that will be utilized if a grant of $2,000 is secured from the ABA YLD. The budget for the Glass Slipper Project is not necessarily committed to that event.

A motion was made by Jason Kohlmeyer and seconded by David Palm to have the Executive Subcommittee incorporate additional comments and discussion items above into the budget, email the revised budget proposal to members for comment, and ratify the budget at the December meeting. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the motion was unanimously approved.

IV. New Business:

A. NLS Newsletter. The newsletter will be distributed by email to members of the section by the end of the year. Anyone interested in writing or otherwise contributing to the next newsletter is encouraged to contact Bob Webber.

B. Santa Lawsuit. Volunteers are still needed for the Santa brings a lawsuit program. The program will be conducted in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Cloud on December 18 and in Duluth on December 19. Please contact Jennifer Henderson or Tamar Gronvall if interested in participating.

C. Funding for ABA Midyear Conference in Seattle, February 6-8, 2003. The budget for the Seattle conference is $1,500, which is available to delegates who cannot otherwise get their respective law firms to pay for the trip. This year's mid-year convention will feature CLE programs and the election of ABA YLD leaders. A motion was made by Jason Kohlmeyer and seconded by Joan Schulkers to approve $750 each for Tamar Gronvall and Doug Debner to attend the conference. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the motion was unanimously approved.

D. Jon Schindel, William Mitchell law student representative, presented an offer to the NLS to assist with a program of CLE's designed exclusively for newer lawyers. William Mitchell will be responsible for funding the program. Assistance is needed to develop ideas for the CLE programs and anyone interested should contact Jon or Doug Debner.

V. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Bob Webber informed the section that a grant has been applied for from the ABA YLD for funds to conduct an outreach or community program. He also indicated that the editor in chief of the Minnesota Lawyer magazine might attend next months meeting. There will soon be an open position on the University of Minnesota Student Legal Services Committee for anyone who is interested in representing the MSBA NLS. It is a two-year term currently held by Sonia Miller-Van Oort. Interested persons should contact Bob or Sonia for information.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers had no report.

3. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer had no report.

4. Secretary. Jaren Johnson along with David Palm will be contacting Justice Blatz regarding an invitation to attend the next NLS meeting and speak on the issues facing the profession currently pending before the legislature.

B. Delegates/Representatives. No reports.

C. Affiliates. No reports

D. Legislative Coordinator. David Palm reported that he had spoken with Lloyd Grooms at Winthrop & Weinstine where concern was expressed over the discussions in the legislature regarding the taxation of legal services and issues of tort reform. Considering that the new Governor, majority and minority leaders are all lawyers, there should be strong support for opposing such a new law.

E. Liaisons.

1. Law School Liaison. Doug Debner will be planning the spring social event with invitations law school members

2. Business Section. Cam Hoang reported that volunteers are needed to introduce speakers for CLE programs and other events. Ideas are also being sought for topics and persons interested in speaking.

3. Judicial Elections. Ed Beckmann will be contacting Tram Thai (MSBA Legal Liaison chair) regarding the change in political climate of judges' races becoming more politicized after the recent rulings based on free speech rights. Jon Duckstad indicated that the MSBA might become involved in regulating such a new arena for election of judges through advisory opinions or an oversight committee.

4. Life and Law. Jolie Lahlum reported that she had met with law school representatives and may be developing a law school subcommittee for analysis of the law exam question "are you impaired."

VI. Closing Business/Announcements: None.

VII. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned at 7:05


Respectfully submitted,
Jaren L. Johnson
MSBA NLS Secretary



MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

MINUTES

MSBA Offices, City Center
Thursday, October 17, 2002 Minneapolis, Minnesota
5:30pm

Members Present: Bob Webber, Joan Schulkers, Doug Debner, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jennifer Henderson, Tamar Gronvall, Heather Griesert. Also present were law students Jon Schindel (WMCL), Carrie Koudelka (SBA) and Matt Schultz (Student Gov't) (both St. Thomas), Sam Glover (law council/SBA/UofM)

I. Opening Business:
A. Call to Order: Robert Webber called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
B. Minutes: The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held in September have not been presented for approval. Tabled.
C. Agenda

II. Old Business:
A. Approving the budget. Tabled.
B. Jennifer Henderson gave a report on the Cincinnati conference. She attended some CLE's on Financial Planning, How to Effectively Win your Case by Electronic Presentations. Public Service project of Junior Judges presented by Texas. Sonia, Chris, Tami, Jennifer and Jason were Minnesota delegates.
C. GOTV Social - Bob Webber reported that the incumbent judges showed up and the attendance was good but could have been better, likely due to the Twins game that evening.

III. New Business:
A. Santa Brings a Lawsuit. If interested in heading the committee from MSBA NLS, please contact Bob. This is a project co-sponsored with RCBA and HCBA NLS groups. It will be held on December 18, 2002.
B. NLS Newsletter. Heather and Carl are co-chairing this committee. Articles are now being written for the November publication.
C. Guests today from the local law schools.
i. Jon indicated that there is not a strong organization at his school. Recently fees were raised from $30 to $50. Pays for student events. Doing Habitat for Humanity this summer. Nov. 2 is Blackacre. In the spring, they will host Greenacre event. They have some ad hoc committees with 30 to 35 students involved.
ii. Sam indicated that the law council is pretty involved in administration. Approximately 15 different committees. Involved last year in dean search. Hosts "Malpractice Ball." Budget is $40,000. There are 25 other groups. In the past, have hosted "Etiquette" dinner. Fundraising events include Silent/live auction in December, Underground bar review, also raised $4,000 to fund 4 students for public service projects over summer (similar to MJF)
iii. Carrie indicated that St. Thomas did a lot of fundraising for social events last year. 1L and 2L football game, are hiring eight new faculty positions, have student group interviewing. Developed website. Millenium event at hotel with other grad students. Every student pays $50 out of tuition. Money is divided between 14 - 15 student groups.
D. Doug Debner was appointed to position of liaison to the law schools. Law schools should participate in Spring social with other bars.

IV. Reports:
A. Officers:
1. Chair. Bob Webber. Meeting with people interested in establishing an 8th Circuit Asylum Appeal Project, in collaboration with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. NLS will be applying for ABA YLD sub-grant, to sponsor training associated with Asylum Appeal Project. Will ask if Jon Duckstad, current MSBA President, will attend November NLS meeting, and a representative from the MN Supreme Court to attend the Dec or Jan NLS meeting.
2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers. No report.
3. Secretary. Jaren Johnson. Absent.
4. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer. No report. Budget will be presented next meeting when quorum is present.
B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors. No report.
2. ABA House of Delegates. Teresa Jones is absent. No report.
C. Section Director Reports
1. Hennepin County Affiliate. Joan Schulkers reported that HCBA's happy hours continue to be a great success. October's brought over 70 people to Chino Latino's. They are also participating the Santa Brings a Lawsuit in December, preparing for a rival tag football game with RCBA this coming Saturday, leaf raking on November 2 for the elderly, serving dinner to children, and commencing preparations for the successful Glass Slipper project in March. A new project this year, a Reader/Writer program with Edison High School is becoming very popular. More volunteers signed up then are needed.
2. Ramsey County Affiliate. No report. (Jim Mogen and R. Leigh Frost are co-chairing this year.)
3. 3rd District Affiliate (Rochester). No report.
4. 11th District Affiliate (Duluth). No report.
5. ___ District (Mankato).
6. St. Cloud District. No report.
D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar.

V. Closing Business/Announcements.

VI. Adjournment.

Respectfully submitted,
Joan M. Schulkers, for Jaren Johnson

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

MINUTES
Thursday, September 19, 2002 - 5:30 p.m.
MSBA Offices, City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Robert Webber, Joan Schulkers, Jason Kohlmeyer, Jaren Johnson, Siira Gunderson, Jolie Lahlum, Doug Debner, Siira Gunderson, Samuel Hamer, Cam Hoang, Dan Rauenhorst, Jeff Witt, Dan Van Loh, David Palm, Carl Olson, Renee Anderson, Ed Beckmann, Jennifer Henderson.

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order: Robert Webber called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m. Mr. Webber gave an overview of the New Lawyers Section membership.

B. Minutes: The minutes of the MSBA NLS meeting held on June 28th, 2002 were presented for approval. Approval of the June minutes was moved and seconded. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the June minutes were unanimously approved. The meeting held in August was an executive committee meeting only and the minutes will not be presented for approval.

C. Agenda.

II. Old Business:

A. Update on GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Social.

1. Mr. Webber gave an overview of the GOTV Social to be held on October 8th at Kieran's Irish Pub in Minneapolis. Other groups participating in the Social include the New CPA's group, the Mercanti Group and the League of Women Voters. There will be gift certificate giveaways and other door prizes. The NLS will encourage donations and lobby political candidates to attend the Social.
2. Stacy Doepner-Hove gave a presentation on behalf of the League of Women Voters. Ms. Hove gave an overview of the organization and the many projects they are involved with. The LOWV organization will be encouraging candidates to attend the GOTV Social.

B. Calendar.

1. Mr. Webber explained how the meeting schedule was flexible but should be set down so that all members may plan to attend accordingly. The calendar need only be agreed to in general and not by motion.

C. Budget.

1. Approval of the budget was tabled until the October meeting.


III. New Business:

A. Upcoming ABA Meetings. Joan Schulkers presented an overview of the ABA Meetings scheduled for the 2002/2003 Board year. Ms. Schulkers explained what a valuable opportunity it is to attend the events and share experiences with other lawyers from around the county. Additionally, it is a great opportunity to voice the concerns of Minnesota lawyers and have a direct effect of the policy and rules that affect lawyers on the national level.

B. Potential NLS Project. Joan Schulkers indicated a program started by the ABA YLD educating elementary school kids on the legal system has not yet been done in Minnesota. The "Allen" video is available and should be obtained if interested in pursuing this program. This is a good program and should be explored by the NLS.

C. Cincinnati Conference. Jason Kohlmeyer pitched the attractiveness and opportunity of attending the conference to be held October 10-13, 2002. MSBA NLS funding would provide a delegate with $500 plus an additional $300 from the ABA. After a discussion of members that might attend, Jolie Lahlum moved to fund Jennifer Henderson for the conference. Jason Kohlmeyer seconded. Upon a voice vote of all members present, the funding of Jennifer Henderson for the Cincinnati convention was unanimously approved.

IV. Reports:

A. Officers

1. Chair. Robert Webber attended the Board of Governors meeting last week. The BOG is the overall steering committee for the MSBA and is made up of 80 members with meetings four times per year. There was no business conducted due to lack of a quorum. Mr. Webber also indicated the NLS Website has been updated.

2. Vice Chair. Joan Schulkers had no report.

3. Treasurer. Jason Kohlmeyer had no report.

4. Secretary. Jaren Johnson had no report.

B. Delegates/Representatives.

1. Joan Schulkers attended the Indianapolis convention on September 12-14, 2002. She was able to participate and attend a litigation CLE and participated in other programs designed for new lawyers.

C. Affiliates.

1. Mankato. Jason Kohlmeyer gave a brief overview of the Mankato affiliate office. Liz Weinandt is the Chair this year. The Mankato office has approximately 30 members and conducts a social get together every other Thursday of the month. The Mankato office became an affiliate last year.

2. HCBA. Joan Schulkers informed the Section on recent HCBA activities. The HCBA has elected four HCBA members to the MSBA NLS as liaisons. The HCBA has approximately 3,000 members and conducts the Santa Brings a Lawsuit program in December in conjunction with the RCBA and MSBA new lawyer sections. The HCBA conducts monthly happy hours that are open to all members of the MSBA NLS and others. The HCBA is also sponsoring a judicial forum and the Glass Slipper project which collects dresses for high school proms.

D. Liaisons.

1. Mr. Webber gave an overview of what the Liaisons do. Liaisons should contact the section they are representing and attend the meetings and report back to the NLS members. Mr. Webber indicated the NLS Liaisons have good standing with the rest of the Bar and have a certain degree of influence in how the Bar is run. The MSBA NLS is continuing its search for interested individuals in filling the open Liaison positions. Liaison appointments need not be approved by the Executive Committee and may be done by Mr. Webber.

2. RCBA NLS. Dan Rauenhorst indicated that he regularly attends the RCBA NLS meetings and would be willing to be a liaison between the RCBA NLS and the MSBA NLS.

3. Legislative Coordinator. This position works with the MSBA's outside lobbyist.

V. Closing Business/Announcements:

A. Robert Webber will invite law school representatives to future meetings. Joan Schulkers will e-mail Kerry Bundy for help and assistance with the MSBA convention.

VI. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,
Jaren L. Johnson
MSBA NLS Secretary

 


NEW LAWYERS SECTION
HCBA OFFICES, CITY CENTER - Suite 390, Conference Room
600 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
May 23, 2002

MINUTES

OPENING BUSINESS

The meeting was called to order at 5:40 by Chair Mark Anderson.

In attendance
Mark Anderson
Teresa Jones
Jon Strauss
Tami Schroeder
Christopher Kaisershot
Lori Semke
Anne Starr Goodman
Jason Kohlmeyer (by telephone)
Elizabeth Weinandt (by telephone)
Gina Lombardo (by telephone)

Minutes
The Chair questioned whether those in attendance had received the minutes from last month's meeting and whether those minutes could be successfully accessed. Though Mr. Anderson had trouble opening and reading the electronic minutes sent to him, the consensus of those attending had been that they had both received and been able to access/read the minutes. The minutes were thereafter approved.

OLD BUSINESS

District 17
The Mankato members attending telephonically announced that they had been granted Affiliate status at the Denver conference (May 17-18, 2002). For affiliate purposes, the Mankato New Lawyers are in the ABA's 17th District and in the MSBA's 6th District. When the Mankato affiliate indicated it had not received all of the candidate information, the discussion and vote on the District 17 Representative was postponed on the agenda until the information could be faxed to, and reviewed by, those telephonically attending the meeting in Mankato.

Braille Project Update
Christopher Kaisershot reported that the Braille project has not yet selected legal material for Braille publication, but that all members and volunteers with ideas about material to be published or with an interest in helping with the project should contact him. Mr. Kaisershot's e-mail address is: ckaisershot@flynngaskins.com
NEW BUSINESS

LRAP Fundraiser

Anne Starr Goodman, Executive Director of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) presented information concerning LRAP's mission and operations. As a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational loan repayment assistance to attorneys entering public interest practice, by which the attorneys provide legal services to poor or underserved clients, LRAP accepts initial repayment applications only from attorneys who have been out of law school for three years or less. Thus, LRAP particularly serves new lawyers and because of this connection, LRAP made a request to use the MSBA New Lawyer e-mail list in order to distribute flyers anncouncing LRAP's upcoming fundraiser.

The Fundraiser is taking place on Sunday, June 2, 2002 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis. Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 at the door, and include a fish and chips dinner and lawn bowling on Brit's lush rooftop bowling greens.

Christopher Kaisershot made a motion that the MSBA New Lawyers distribute flyers concerning the LRAP Fundraiser via its e-mail distribution list, which motion was seconded by Jerrie Hayes. After brief discussion, the motion was unanimously adopted.

Delegate Funding to Washington D.C.

Two requests for delegate funding, one from Christopher Kaisershot and the other from Joan Schulkers, were received by the Chair prior to the meeting. The Chair called for any other requests for delegate funding from the floor; there were none. The Chair announced that there was $1,567.87 left in the 2001-2002 conventions budget, at which point the Chair called for a general discussion of the matter. After considerable discussion, Tami Schroeder made a motion, after friendly amendment, calling for the MSBA New Lawyer section to send Christopher Kaisershot and Joan Schulkers to the ABA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.; to fund each delegate in the amount of $800.00; and to earmark $400 from the 2002-2003 Conventions budget to cover those expenses incurred by these delegates, for which they are unable, after making their best effort, to obtain reimbursement by the end of the current fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Jon Strauss. Discussion of the motion primarily concerned whether it was possible for the two delegates to incur $800 in expenses prior to the end of June. Considering registration fees, hotel deposit, airline tickets, and social event tickets, it was generally agreed the delegates should be able to seek considerable reimbursement prior to June 30, 2002. After the question was called, the motion carried unanimously.

District 17 Representative

The assembly returned to consideration of the District 17 Representative and Tami Schroader was asked to leave the room for discussion of the candidates. Voting was held by secret ballot and the MSBA affiliate vote for District 17 Representative went to Tami Schroeder.


REPORTS

Chair

The Chair encouraged everyone to attend the MSBA Annual Meeting, which is being held in Duluth this year. The Chair read a report from the Duluth affiliate with information concerning the event.

There will be a Welcome BBQ held on Wednesday, June 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Great Lakes Aquarium, with state judges volunteering to serve the meal. A Lake Superior Boat Ride follows the BBQ, and goes from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. New lawyers are needed at the BBQ event to help meet and greet and make sure things run smoothly. New Lawyer volunteers need serve only one, 30-minute shift and should contact Jessica Sterle to sign up. Jessica's e-mail address is: SterleJ@co.st-louis.mn.us

On Thursday, June 27, the New Lawyer Section and The Affiliates are sponsoring the Post-President's Reception Social, from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. and the Northland Country Club.

On Friday, June 28, the New Lawyers are sponsoring a CLE from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon entitled "Alternative Careers for Legal Professionals." The first few minutes of the event will be the election of NLS officers. As to the actual CLE, the panel is not quite finished, but already includes Judge Munger (author of two books), Matt Entenza (legislative Representative from St. Paul), Dale Harris, and Kay Biga (teacher at University of Wisconsin-Superior, business owner, and former guardian ad litem). PLEASE TALK THIS CLE UP TO FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS WHO MAY BE ATTENDING THE ANNUAL MEETING! It should be a terrific and valuable presentation.

Finally, organizers are in search of a New Lawyer who will be attending the event and is willing to open their room to host the NLS Hospitality Suite. The hours/times the person would need to have their room open are up for discussion, and it can be anything from just one evening to the whole convention. Interested volunteers should contact Jessia Sterle at the e-mail address above.

Vice Chair

Natalie Wyatt-Brown was unable to attend the meeting and there was no report in her absence.

Secretary

Joan Schulkers was unable to attend the meeting and there was no report in her absence.

Treasurer

Jolie Lahlum was unable to attend the meeting, but sent her written Budget Summary for distribution. Ms. Lahlum also sent a letter announcing that, due to work responsibilities at AAL/Lutheran Brotherhood, she would no longer have the time necessary to serve as the MSBA Chair, and withdrawing her name from consideration.

MSBA Board of Governors

Natalie Wyatt-Brown was unable to attend the meeting and there was no report in her absence.

ABA House of Delegates

Teresa Jones discussed the programs and presentations at the Denver conference, including a pro se guide (Texas Young Lawyers), a judicial directory project (Florida Young Lawyers), and a program on starting a scholarship fund. Other Denver attendees present also discussed project presentations and CLE's they had attended.

Hennepin County Affiliate

Christopher Kaisershot announced that the Hennepin County Bar Association has recently voted to include the Chair of the HCBA New Lawyer Section as a member of the HCBA Executive Committee.

HCBA will be holding its last community services project of the Bar Year on Tuesday, May 28 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers will be cooking and serving a meal to the parents and families of sick children that stay at the Ronald McDonald house. MSBA new lawyers interested in helping with this project should contact Lori Semke, whose e-mail address is: lsemke@flynngaskins.com

The HCBA New Lawyers have elected their officers for the 2002-2003 Bar Year.
Chair - Joan Schulkers
Vice Chair - Jerrie Hayes
Sectretary - Gina Lombardo
Treasurer - Lori Semke

Mr. Kaisershot reported that these officers, together with the outstanding Committee Directors and section members, promise an exciting and successful upcoming bar year.

Mankato Affiliate

Jason Kohlmeyer reported that affiliate status was granted and that the Mankato affiliate is off to a running start. A local judge recently spoke at the affiliate's New Lawyer's meeting and that officers for the 2002-2003 bar year were recently elected.
Chair - Elizabeth Weinandt
Vice Chair - Phillip Elbert
Secretary/Treasurer - Joe Barnett
Mr. Kohlmeyer concluded by asking whether anyone had pictures of the Denver conference they would be willing to send him. If so, please contact him at his e-mail address, which is:
Jkohlmeyer@manahanbluth.com

Other Affiliates

There were no affiliate reports from the Ramsey County, Third District, or Eleventh District affiliates or from the Unaffiliated (St. Cloud) district.

New Lawyer Liaisons

Scott Swanson did not attend the meeting and there was no report from the Civil Litigation Section in his absence.

Jolie Lahlum was unable to attend the meeting and there was no liaison report from the Life and the Law Section.

Vicki Loher did not attend the meeting and there was no liaison report from the Community Outreach Committee.

CLOSING BUSINESS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jerrie Hayes was appointed as liaison to the MSBA Labor & Employment Law Section.

Tami Schroder, Teresa Jones, Christopher Kaisershot and Joan Schulkers were selected for certification as delegates to the Annual ABA Young Lawyer Assembly in Washington D.C.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted

Jerrie M. Hayes

 

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

MINUTES

Seventh Meeting MSBA Offices, City Center
Thursday, March 21, 2002 Minneapolis, Minnesota
5:30pm

Members Present: Mark Anderson, Jolie Lahlum, Jessica Sterle, Joan Schulkers, Jon Strauss, Lori Semke, Teresa Jones.

I. Opening Business:
A. Mark Anderson called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m.
B. The February minutes were approved.
II. Old Business:
A. Update on Spring Social Event: April 18, 2002 at Old Chicago, 6th and 1st Ave., 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
B. District 17 ABA NLS Representative. Theresa Jones declared her interest to Christina Plum regarding this position.
C. Reminder re ABA YLD appointments: Any one interested in serving on an ABA YLD appointment or committee should contact incoming chair Alan Olson. For more information, see the ABA website www.abanet.org/yld .
D. Braille Project Update: Christopher Kaisershot and Lori Semke are looking for publications to reprint in Braille. If anyone has any ideas, please let either of them know.
III. New Business:
A. Original calendar of events called for vote on funding for ABA YLD spring conference at April 18, 2002 meeting. Meeting is in Denver, May 16-18, 2002. However, early registration deadline is 4/16/02. This conference we are sending two individuals with $500 funding each. Teresa Jones was the only attendee requesting funding. Jason had expressed interest at last month's meeting, however, he was not present at this meeting. After some discussion as to how to handle the second funded delegate (given that no one was present at the meeting requesting it) a motion was first made and carried to provide funding to Teresa. Next, Mark Anderson would contact Jason to inquire as to his interest in attending the conference as his affiliate status is voted upon at that conference. If he is interested, he will be highly considered for the second funded person.
IV. Reports:
A. Officers:
1. Chair - Mark Anderson. Nothing new to report.
2. Vice Chair - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Absent.
3. Secretary - Joan Schulkers. Nothing new to report.
4. Treasurer - Jolie Lahlum. Nothing new to report.
B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Absent.
2. ABA House of Delegates - Teresa Jones. Nothing new to report.
C. Section Director Reports
1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Christopher Kaisershot. Lori reported that the Glass Slipper project was a huge success. Over 300 dresses were collected (3x that of last year!) and approximately 90 were given away. Door prizes, jewelry, shoes, and make-up were also given to the young girls. Next year the project may extend to two schools. A committee is already forming to begin next year's preparations.
Christopher provided, via email, news that HCBA NLS is not seeking funding for Denver; last happy hour was huge success - Cuban cigars and drinks by Pat Carl & Associates; Nuts and Bolts was big success; and Breakfast with Judges is back on again. Christopher especially thanked Craig Sandok, Diane Odeen and Lori Semke for their involvement in these projects.
2. Ramsey County Affiliate - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Absent.
3. Rochester 3rd District Affiliate - Absent.
4. Duluth 11th District Affiliate - Jessica Sterle
5. Unaffiliated (Mankato) Jason Kohlmeyer. Absent.
6. St. Cloud District - Aaron Crandall submitted his report via email: The Central Minnesota New Lawyers Section had a very busy March. On March 1 we hosted the Stearns/Benton Bar Association luncheon meeting and arranged for the speaker (the Dean of Admissions for the St. Thomas Law School). In an effort to increase the membership in the Stearns/Benton Bar Association they have agreed to provide us with funding as long as the St. Cloud New Lawyers are active in the local bar.
On March 7, we presented a video replay of the "New Lawyer Experience" and on March 15 we hosted the Second Annual Wine and Cheese Social. Unfortunately, the social coincided with St. Cloud receiving 17" of snow so attendance was not what we were expecting. A great time was had by the New Lawyers and Judges that braved the snow.
7. Anoka unaffiliated: Jolie reported that a social was planned for March 28, 2002, 5:30 p.m. at Billy's in Anoka.
D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar
1. Civil Litigation - Scott Swanson. Absent.
2. Life and the Law - Jolie Lahlum reported that a meeting was held this morning re the mock hearing for disciplinary action/panel discussion to be held at the Duluth convention. CLE credit was denied, and appealed to Supreme Court. Pending.
On Friday morning of the convention (June 28, 2002, 7:30 am. to 11:30 am.) "The Scenic Superior Ride" will again take place. This event promotes balance and raises money to benefit Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
Women Legal Profession committee on gender equity is working toward Midwest Regional Women's Conference.
3. Community Outreach - Vicki Loher. Absent.
E. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach - Karen Arthurs. Absent.
2. Convention - Jessica Sterle. Absent.
V. Closing Business/Announcements
1. Lori Semke is walking 60 miles in June for breast cancer. Her "group" is sponsoring a party at the St. Louis Park VFW (Hwy 100 and 36th). They need to raise $16,000. The party will be beer and appetizers. $30/person or $50/couple.
VI. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

 

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting
MINUTES

Sixth Meeting MSBA Offices, City Center
Thursday, February 21, 2002 Minneapolis, Minnesota
5:00pm

Attendees: Mark Anderson, Natalie Wyatt-Brown, Aaron Crandall, Kathleen Premo, Jon Strauss, Gina Lombardo, Christopher Kaisershot, Teresa Jones, Jolie Lahlum, Jason Kohlmeyer, Joan Schulkers, Kerry Bundy, and Betsy Keyes.

I. Opening Business:
A. The meeting was called to order at 5:12 p.m.
B. The January minutes were approved.
II. Old Business:
A. Joan Schulkers, Teresa Jones, and Christopher Kaisershot reported on the ABA Mid year meeting. The ABA young lawyers proposed four resolutions, of which only one passed. The first resolution that failed by 72/69 dealt with legislation that would strengthen the safeguards and protections of individuals receiving benefits under the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance programs and the SSI program of the SSA. The second resolution that failed, by heated discussion, proposed that the military commissions established by military order of President Bush meet due process and substantial fairness standards under our Constitution. Although the young lawyers voted against this resolution, the House of Delegates, after making changes to include better constitutional protections, passed their amended resolution. The third resolution that failed 68/65 urged Congress to provide youth in foster care additional continuing services once they reach adulthood. The fourth resolution that was approved 63/48 supported specialized facilities, etc. to youth transferred to the criminal justice system taking into account the unique needs of youth.
The remaining ABA mid-year was as fun as always, with a fantastic social event on Friday evening.
B. Joan Schulkers, Kerry Bundy and Gina Lombardo updated everyone on the Spring Social Event to be held April 18 at 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Old Chicago (1st Ave and about 6th.) Door prizes are being obtained and a meeting will be held sometime in mid-March.
C. District 17 ABA NLS Representative. Anyone interested should declare his or her interest to Christina Plum no later than April 15, 2002.
III. New Business:
A. ABA YLD Appointments. The incoming ABA YLD Chair is Alan Olson. Alan and the Appointments Committee will making hundreds of appointments to committees and projects for the2002-03 bar year. The application due date for all ABA YLD appointments is February 28, 2002. There is no written application form. Rather, Alan asks that applicants forward a letter to him via mail or e-mail, specifying the appointment of interest, alternate choices and any other information the applicant would like the Appointments Committee to consider. For more information, see the website at www.abanet.org/yld.
B. Christopher Kaisershot, along with Lori Semke, HCBA NLS, are considering a community service project that would convert legal publications into braile. Anyone interested please contact either person.
IV. Reports:
A. Officers:
1. Chair - Mark Anderson. No report.
2. Vice Chair - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Natalie reported she received a letter from MN Lawyer asking for nominations for an "up and coming lawyer" award. Forward any nominations on to Natalie.
3. Secretary - Joan Schulkers. No report.
4. Treasurer - Jolie Lahlum. To date, $10,908 remains unspent in our budget.
B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Natalie attended the very short December meeting that briefly discussed the new law student section and sales tax for public schools.
2. ABA House of Delegates - Teresa Jones. Teresa submitted a copy of the daily journal from the ABA House of Delegates. Page 18 discusses in more detail the ABA resolution regarding the military tribunal.
C. Section Director Reports
1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Christopher Kaisershot. HCBA is holding a Glass Slipper project March 4 - 8, collecting gently worn prom dresses for North High School students at a "boutique" on March 11. Please donate your dresses, which can be brought to HCBA offices anytime March 4 - 8.
Joan requested that MSBA NLS provide some funding to use to purchase dresses or supplies for the young ladies at North High. A motion was made and approved to donate $300 for this project.
The last happy hour was at The Loon. The attendance was not great and The Loon kept moving the new lawyers to a different location. HCBA NLS will not be using The Loon again.
Brian Melendez is spearheading a change to the current Judicial Evaluation. The changes will allow subjective feedback from attorneys appearing before judges, as well as objective information about each judge's performance, including how promptly a judge disposes of cases, how often the judge gets removed from cases, how often a judge's decisions are appealed and to what result, and last, how often they are absent from his or her duties. After several friendly amendments were made to Brian's resolution, the governing council unanimously approved it.
2. Ramsey County Affiliate - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. The new social chair, Jim Mogen, has been holding the happy hours in different locations. Socials are held on the second Thursday of each month. The next social will be at the Wild Onion.
3. Rochester 3rd District Affiliate. Absent.
4. Duluth 11th District Affiliate - Jessica Sterle. Absent.
5. Unaffiliated (Mankato) Jason Kohlmeyer. The Mankato area adopted the bylaws. Jason is acting chair, Elizabeth Weinrant and Philip Albert are secretary and treasurer. Since they should find out in Denver if the affiliate status is approved, they will be able to vote for the Dist. 17 position at their May meeting.
6. St. Cloud District - Aaron Crandall. St. Cloud is offering a video replay of the New Lawyers Experience at the Kelly Inn. They are having a second annual wine and cheese party for new lawyers on Friday, March 15 at the Historic Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. All are invited, and it's free.
Aaron requested $150 in funds for its socials. A motion was made and a discussion ensued as to who gets first priority to the unaffiliated/affiliated outreach development funds in our budget, as well as any time deadlines for requesting the funds. After a review of our policy, it was determined that we could provide these funds to St. Cloud for its wine and cheese party, with the understanding that the funds were not to be used for alcohol, but could be used for room rental, cheese and mailings, etc.
Jason / Mankato then requested $75 for its membership drive.
Jolie / Anoka also requested $75 for its membership drive.
The original motion for $150 to St. Cloud was then amended, and unanimously approved, to also provide $75 each to Mankato and Anoka.
D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar
1. Civil Litigation - Scott Swanson. Absent.
2. Life and the Law - Jolie Lahlum. No report.
3. Community Outreach - Vicki Loher. No report.
E. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach - Karen Arthurs. Absent.
2. Convention - Jessica Sterle. Absent.
V. Closing Business/Announcements
VI. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned so that all who were interested could proceed to the reception for the new law student section.

Respectfully submitted,
Joan M. Schulkers

 

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting
MINUTES
Fifth Meeting MSBA Offices, City Center
Thursday, January 17, 2002 Minneapolis, Minnesota
5:30pm

Attendees: Mark Anderson, Joan Schulkers, Theresa Jones, Christopher Kaisershot, Jolie Lahlum, Jason Kohlmeyer, Christina Plum, Jessica Sterle, and Betsy Keyes.

I. Opening Business:
A. Call to Order. The Meeting was called to Order at 5:45 p.m.
B. Minutes. The minutes were approved as stated.
II. Old Business:
A. Christopher Kaisershot, Jerrie Hayes, Tami Schroeder and Joan Schulkers have been certified as delegates to the ABA midyear meeting in Philadelphia. At the meeting, Theresa Jones indicated she will also be attending and was approved as a delegate.

B. Report on Spring Social Event – Kerry Bundy, Gina Lombardo, Joan Schulkers, and Craig Sandok are working on this event. Christina asked that she be emailed information to forward on to Duluth regarding the particulars of the event. The event will take place on April 4th , 5:30 p.m. Location to be determined.

III. New Business:
A. Procedure to select new District 17 ABA NLS representative – Christian Plum gave a report on the process as well as what the position entails. Minnesota and Wisconsin share a position, usually alternating the representative between the two states. Christina Plum is from Wisconsin, so this next two year term is Minnesota’s turn. The Dist. 17 rep is has a seat on the council and keeps track of the affiliates in the two states. Currently there are five in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin. Two more affiliates from Minnesota are in the making. This position requires the rep to communicate with the affiliates and pass along information from the ABA. It is a two-year position. The rep is funded to six meetings. The rep also a coordinator within the ABA for FEMA. In order to discharge our federal responsibility to help coordinate free legal services in the event of a disaster, the rep will coordinate relief in the two states if FEMA asks for help. Christina suggested that the next rep have a backup plan and probono network set up, so any response could be implemented quickly.

Christina raised several issues which were discussed, including who is voting, when are the two new affiliates going to be approved so that they might have a vote, when, how and to whom should people seek nomination, and when and how the voting should take place. It is imperative that the rep be chosen before July 1 so that they can go to the annual meeting in D.C. and meet with all the new representatives at an incoming meeting.

The five affiliates in Minnesota, plus the two new affiliates if they receive approval at the Denver convention, and the two Wisconsin affiliates will be voting. Each affiliate will represent one vote. Each affiliate can decide how it will handle the voting. However, certain deadlines will need to be met. They are:

April 15, 2002 - all persons interested in the position must declare their intention to Christina Plum

May 1, 2002 – All candidates to submit written information on themselves to be distributed to the affiliates. Information should be submitted to Christina Plum for distribution.

May 31, 2002 – All voting to be completed

IV. Reports:
A. Officers:

1. Chair – Mark Anderson issued a reminder to participate in the 10% initiative. MSBA has suggested that they mail out information to all young lawyers regarding this initiative and has requested that we fund such a mailing. A motion was made to pay $565 out of our budget for this mailing. Several individuals were skeptical because this initiative may encourage young lawyers to participate in other sections instead of our section and if Jarvis Jones wants to promote this initiative amongst all members, we should not have to pay for it. After this discussion, the motion was approved that we pay $565 out of our budget (lawsuit budget) with the suggestion that when the letters are sent out the new lawyers get a plug for their section.

2. Vice Chair. Not present.

3. Secretary. Nothing to report.

4. Treasurer. Jolie Lahlum reported that we are under budget. (We’ve spent less than $2,000.)

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors – Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Not present.

2. ABA House of Delegates – Teresa Jones. Theresa distributed the House of Delegates Preliminary Agenda.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County Affiliate – Christopher Kaisershot. Currently working on the Glass Slipper project; a county-wide Bar Prom is scheduled for January 18, 2002 (some cheaper tickets are available for new lawyers, contact HCBA or Craig Sandok at The Esquire Group); the revenue proposal passed with the Governing Council so if they make a profit, the young lawyers group gets to keep it; there is pending a proposal at HCBA to remove from the Executive Board the past president and replace that position with the current chair of the new lawyers; Happy hours are quite successful; Nuts and Bolts is being organized; an upcoming CLE on Domestic Partnership benefits, as well as other gay/lesbian rights/issues is scheduled for February.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate – Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Absent.

3. Rochester 3rd District Affiliate – Absent.

4. Duluth 11th District Affiliate – Jessica Sterle. 35 people attended the last informal event. Santa brings a lawsuit did fabulous – they donated over 100 items to the shelter.

5. Unaffiliated (Mankato) Jason Kohlmeyer. The bylaws for the affiliate were given to members for review. The bylaws were drafted using those provided by Karen Arthurs. 15 people attended the last happy social. The first Thursday in February they are voting on the bylaws.

6. St. Cloud District – Aaron Crandall. Absent.

7. Jolie Lahlum indicated that she is still working on developing an Anoka Cty affiliate. Jolie also spoke at the New Lawyer’s Experience. She suggested that next year we have a table at the CLE to respond to questions and promote our section.

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Civil Litigation – Scott Swanson. Absent.

2. Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum. A meeting was held this morning. An 8 hour CLE on Renewal and Resilience for Lawyers is being scheduled for the Duluth convention. This CLE will be a mock disciplinary hearing regarding depression and chemical dependency issues. The CLE was approved for only three hours so they are appealing to the Supreme Court and the committee is writing an amicus brief.

3. Community Outreach – Vicki Loher. Not present.

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach – Karen Arthurs. Not present.

2. Convention – Jessica Sterle. Coordinating with Carrie at MSBA. Everything is on schedule and going smoothly. Everyone remember to block off time for the convention in Duluth in June. She is also in contact with Jennifer Brinkworth at MSBA and MN CLE.

3. A reception is being hosted for the new law student section of MSBA. Betsy believes it is occurring on the same night as we meet next month. An invitation was extended that we go introduce ourselves to the law students (other sections will also be there.)

V. Closing Business/Announcements

A. Tami Schroeder indicated that MWL is having its joint dinner with professionals in March.

VI. Adjournment. Meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

MINUTES

Fourth Meeting
Thursday, December 20, 2001
MSBA Offices, City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
5:30pm

Attendees: Mark Anderson, Joan Schulkers, Lori Semke, Christopher Kaisershot, Tami Schroeder, Scott Swanson, Kerry Bundy, Jolie Lahlum, Jason Kohlmeyer, and Betsy Keyes.

I. Opening Business:
A. Call to Order. The Meeting was called to Order at 5:35 p.m.
B. Minutes. The minutes were approved as stated.
II. Old Business:
A. Vicki Loher was contacted and has agreed to act as the liaison to the community outreach committee. She will present her first report at the January meeting.
B. Delegate to Philadelphia: Nominees who have contacted the chair prior to today's meeting are (is) Joan Schulkers. Theresa Jones indicated that Gina Lombardo may have expressed interest, but has since withdrawn her name from consideration.
a. Funding issue: Given no other individual has contacted Mark Anderson for Philadelphia funding, Joan Schulkers was nominated and approved for delegate to Philadelphia.
b. It was raised that being "fully funded" as a delegate is not required by our bylaws. Discussion ensued as to whether we should continue the practice of fully funding one delegate with remaining funds going to another delegate. At this point, since Gina Lombardo withdrew, the issue is moot for the present. In St. Louis, Joan did not use over half of her funding, which was then applied to the Washington D.C. annual convention. However, we should decide prior to delegate nomination and funding vote for the D.C. convention. Some hold the position that we should fund as many delegates as possible, to promote more involvement. Others posit that we should continue our practice of sending one delegate fully funded. Jason Kohlmeyer raised the query as to why more affiliates do not attend the conventions. Possibly we should attempt to increase their knowledge and interest.
c. Certifying delegates: Mark Anderson needs ABA membership numbers, as well as birth dates to certify all delegates attending Philadelphia. Christopher Kaisershot will provide Mark the necessary form. Going as delegates to date are Joan Schulkers, Tami Schroeder, Jerrie Hayes and Christopher Kaisershot.
C. Update on 10% initiative. Jarvis Jones indicated that all sections are offering free membership. You can attend section sponsored CLEs for free. Just show up and join. Unlimited sections! Mark Anderson encourages new lawyers to participate.
D. 2002 Midwest Regional in Indiana. Indiana has agreed to host a 2002 Midwest Regional. More news to come.
III. New Business:
A. MSBA Legislative program survey. Mark Anderson read Jarvis Jones' letter re MSBA legislative program and the input he's looking for. Mark then read through the program survey for our responses. Attached to the minutes is a copy of the survey. In particular we agreed to answers to the following questions which we felt were applicable to our section: Q1: (3). Q2: (2). Q5: No. Q6: no. Q7: Kerry Bundy suggested if sections don't go to Board of Governors ("BOG"), then they should pay. Contrary, if the sections do go to BOG and get approval, monies should come out of the general fund.
B 2002 Midwest Regional in Indiana
IV. Reports:
A. Officers:
1. Chair
Santa Brings a Lawsuit held December 12, 2001. Good turnout in Ramsey County. Chair is awaiting report from Terry Duggins on statewide results. Lori Semke, the HCBA Community Service Director, indicated that Hennepin received over 500 items of clothing to donate. There was a discussion that next year we should schedule it for two ½ days instead of a full day. Many people inquired as to whether they could bring items the following day due to lack of knowledge.
2. Vice Chair. Not present. (Natalie, Oh Natalie, Where Art Thou? We miss you)
3. Secretary. Nothing to report.
4. Treasurer. Presently we are under budget.
B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Not present.
2. ABA House of Delegates - Teresa Jones. Not present.
C. Section Director Reports
1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Christopher Kaisershot. Currently working on the Glass Slipper project; a county-wide Bar Prom is scheduled for January 18, 2002 (some cheaper tickets are available for new lawyers, contact HCBA or Craig Sandok at The Esquire Group); there is pending a proposal at HCBA to remove from the Executive Board the past president and replace that position with the current chair of the new lawyers; Happy hours are quite successful; January social is cancelled.
2. Ramsey County Affiliate - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. It was reported that happy hour is scheduled for the second Thursday in January at Pazzuluna.
3. Rochester 3rd District Affiliate - January 3rd there is a lunch in Mankato. All are invited.
4. Duluth 11th District Affiliate - Jessica Sterle. Not present.
5. Unaffiliated (Mankato) Jason Kohlmeyer. Jason has graciously agreed to develop a newsletter.
6. St. Cloud District - Aaron Crandall. Not present.
7. Jolie Lahlum indicated that she is working on developing an Anoka Cty affiliate.
D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar
1. Civil Litigation - Scott Swanson. Scott extends a formal invitation to join this section for one year, includes free CLEs. Five CLEs are currently scheduled. Any topics new lawyers are interested in?
2. Life and the Law - Jolie Lahlum. Jolie reports that there is no news this month.
3. Community Outreach - Vicki Loher. Not present.
E. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach - Karen Arthurs. Not present.
2. Convention - Jessica Sterle. Not present.
V. Closing Business/Announcements
A. The Bar of CPA/Young lawyers contacted Kerry Bundy to discuss an possible alliance with them.
B. Each of the law schools now has a law student division of the bar. They should be invited to meetings. Contact Jennifer Brinkworth on MSBA staff for contact names.
C. Tami Schroeder indicated that MWL is having its joint dinner with professionals in March.
D. ABA YLD positions are all contested. Tami suggested that we all get to know the candidates so we can make informed decisions.
E. ABA appointment deadline is January 28 for senior level and February __ for junior level. Visit the ABA website for more information and instructions on how to apply, or contact …
F. Upcoming events: Spring social for RCBA NLS, HCBA NLS, MSBA NLS, Gina Lombardo, Kerry Bundy, Joan Schulkers offered to be on committee. Scheduled for April 4, 2002. Contact Craig Sandok at HCBA NLS for help since he's been such a successful social coordinator for that group.
VI. Adjournment


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

MINUTES

Third Meeting
Thursday, November 15, 2001
5:30pm
MSBA Offices, City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members present: Mark Anderson, Joan Schulkers, Jessica Sterle, Jason Kohlmeyer, Christopher Kaisershot, Theresa Jones, Jolie Lahlum, Jon Strauss, Scott Swanson, Karen England, Lori Semke.

I. Opening Business:
A. Call to Order. Mark Anderson called the meeting to order at approximately 5:35 p.m.
B. Minutes. With one change to the minutes, that is changing "Agenda" to read "Minutes" in the title, the minutes were approved as stated.
C. Agenda
II. Old Business:
A. Jon Strauss indicated that Vicki Loher, 612-339-7131, is interested in a committee liaison appointment to the community outreach committee.
B. Santa Brings a Lawsuit. Donors are to deliver their donations to the courthouses on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will accept items and give a tax receipt at time of delivery. Terry Duggins is spearheading this activity. HCBA has a list of volunteers that will be forwarded to him by Lori Semke.
III. New Business:
A. Convention Update: The Convention will be held June 26 - 28, 2002 in Duluth, Minnesota. The hotel will probably be the Holiday Inn in downtown Duluth.
B. Delegate to Philadelphia: Mark believed that we should choose the delegate for this convention at this meeting since the delegates are to be chosen 60 days in advance. Joan Schulkers expressed interest, and Theresa Jones indicated that Gina Lombardo was interested. Joan also indicated that she didn't spend all of her funding for St. Louis; that there would be approximately $600 left over. Christopher explained that MSBA NLS could put extra monies in any category in the budget, including adding extra funding to the convention budget. Christopher also explained, however, that we had to spend down our budget by yearend or lose the funds.
Joan stated that the bylaws require that funded delegates must to be active members in order to get funding. Christopher clarified by stating that they need to be active participants now as well as participants in the future. Joan did not believe that Gina was an active participant in MSBA, but others disagreed. There was also expressed concern over the lack of notice to members that the delegate would be chosen at this meeting. It was previously noticed for the December meeting. While initially a motion was made to give Joan the funding, it was later withdrawn after the discussion. Christopher reread the policies and it was decided that the 60-day rule only applied to the annual meeting, not to the mid-year. Therefore, a motion was made and carried that we table the delegate vote until the December meeting.
The deadline to register is January 8. The deadline for hotel reservations is December 20. There is no registration fee.
C. District 17 Report by Christina Plum: Christopher informed us that Christina Plum had sent out an email that some of us hadn't seen. The concern is that the fall conference will be taking place in Cincinnati in October 2002, so there might be problems with having the Midwest Regional Conference in neighboring Indiana, approximately one month later. While Michigan was in line to host the fall conference they have chosen to defer for one year. Derrick Wilson (Indiana) indicated that Indiana is willing to organize a Midwest outing at the Cincinnati conference. The queries from Christina are this: what do the affiliates think about moving the Midwest Regional Conference to the spring of 2002, instead of the fall - for that one year only (the when question)? What do the affiliates think about where to have it? What plan will bring the most lawyers to the Midwest Regional?
A discussion ensued and a motion was made that we let Christina know we favor a Midwest Regional because of its importance in meeting others in the area and learning what they are doing. Christopher would relay this to Christina.
D. Introductions. Since we had two new faces this evening, everyone went around the room with introductions.
IV. Reports:
A. Officers:
1. Chair. Mark Anderson discussed Jarvis Jones' new initiative: the "10% Club." He wants to get all sections to increase their membership by 10% and in order to do so, any lawyer, after attending one paid CLE in a section, will get a letter from the MSBA telling them they can get free dues in that section and attend that section's CLE's free for one year. A full-page ad is being placed in the Bench & Bar in January with all the sections and CLE's available.
2. Vice Chair. No report as Natalie Wyatt Brown is absent.
3. Secretary. No report.
4. Treasurer. Jolie Lahlum presented this year's budget for approval. Christopher reminded everyone that the Washington DC budget item under Delegates technically should be under next year's budget. If we keep it in the budget the funded delegates will need to register and obtain airfare as soon as possible and then request reimbursement prior to this bar year's end. A motion was made and carried to approve the budget as stated.
B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Absent, no report.
2. ABA House of Delegates - Teresa Jones. No report.
C. Section Director Reports
1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Christopher Kaisershot. Hennepin's Happy Hours are continuing. Law & Politics sponsored the last one at Un Deux Trois. The next one is scheduled at The Newsroom (in Target building) December 6th, and will be sponsored by Metro Legal. HCBA young lawyers raked lawns for the elderly on October 26, with a great turnout of lawyers and non-lawyers. HCBA is putting on hour long CLE's every month on the third Tuesday of each month: the next one is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20 at 12:00 at HCBA offices. The speaker is Magistrate Mason talking about the new expedited federal trial process. The CLE's are free to members. Hennepin NLS also sent two new lawyers to the fall conference in St. Louis.
2. Ramsey County Affiliate - Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Absent. No report.
3. Rochester 3rd District Affiliate - Absent. No report.
4. Duluth 11th District Affiliate - Jessica Sterle. No report.
5. Unaffiliated (Mankato) Jason Kohlmeyer. Jason appeared in person at the meeting (nice to see you Jason!) Jason indicated that one year ago they had five new lawyers showing up for happy hour. Now they have monthly luncheons as well. Last happy hour was at Maggies, with 20 in attendance (they even had the 6th District Bar chair show up.) Next month at the luncheon they're having a judge speak. They also have a social planned with spouses. They are in the midst of preparing the paperwork to become an official affiliate.
6. St. Cloud District - Aaron Crandall. Absent. No report.
D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar
1. Civil Litigation - Scott Swanson. Scott reported that next month he will have a report from the litigation section.
2. Life and the Law - Jolie Lahlum. Jolie reported that the subcommittee is setting up an email chat room for open forums on issues such as quality of life, stress, and chemical dependency. There will be many articles as well on many topics. For the Duluth convention, they will again sponsor a bike ride, a lunchtime speaker and possibly a Tai Chi seminar.
E. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach - Karen Arthurs. Absent. No report.
2. Convention - Jessica Sterle. See report under New Business.
V. Closing Business/Announcements
VI. Adjournment. Mark adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joan M. Schulkers, Secretary


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Meeting

Minutes
Thursday, October 18, 2001
5:30pm
MSBA Offices, City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members Present: Natalie Wyatt-Brown, Jolie Lahlum, Joan Schulkers, Christopher Kaisershot, Jon Strauss, Jessica Sterle, Aaron Crandall, and Betsy Keyes.

I. Opening Business:
A. Call to Order: Natalie Wyatt-Brown called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
B. Minutes: The minutes of the MSBA NLS Board meeting held September 20, 2001 were approved.
C. Agenda
II. Old Business:
A. There are still many appointments available for NLS committees. Most critical are the Newsletter, Membership/Social, Professional Development, and Technology. If you are interested in any of these appointments, please contact Mark Anderson.
Jolie Lahlum would like to be added as liaison to Life and the Law committee.
III. New Business:
A. Santa Brings a Lawsuit. Although Terry Duggins could not attend the meeting, he asked that we pass on the following information:
It will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2001. Donors to deliver donations to their courthouses between 8:30am-4pm. Volunteers will accept items and give a tax receipt at time of delivery. Any other districts that are interested in participating, contact Betsy Keyes at MSBA for names and numbers of contact individuals.
B. Final budget. Jolie Lahlum will be disseminating the final budget to us after the meeting. We will table the discussion until next month.
IV. Reports:
A. Officers:
1. Chair. Mark Anderson is absent. No report.
2. Vice Chair. Natalie Wyatt-Brown. No report.
3. Secretary. Joan Schulkers. No report.
4. Treasurer. Jolie Lahlum. No report.
B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors. Natalie Wyatt-Brown attended the meeting. The themes were, among others, diversity and racial profiling.
2. ABA House of Delegates. Teresa Jones is absent. No report.
C. Section Director Reports
1. Hennepin County Affiliate. Christopher Kaisershot had great things to say about the HCBA NLS happy hours. Attendance is phenomenal and the sponsors are paying for drinks and appetizers. The last happy hour was held at Chino Latinos. The next happy hour is being held at Un Deux Trois in the Foshay Tower on November 1, 2001 at 5:30.
2. Ramsey County Affiliate. Natalie Wyatt-Brown. They continue to have happy hours with decent turn-outs, although, like other bars, the same people attend.
3. 3rd District Affiliate. No report.
4. 11th District Affiliate (Duluth). Jessica Sterle. They presently have 30-35 members. They have happy hours and monthly lunch. They would like to participate in Santa Brings a Lawsuit.
5. Unaffiliated (Mankato). Jason Kohlmeyer is absent. No report.
6. St. Cloud District. Aaron Crandall. 1st happy hour was two weeks ago. 20 - 25 people attended. A small group of 5 to 6 plan events. Would like to do a smaller version of the New Lawyer's Experience program. It was suggested that they talk to Tim Morrow at MCLE. There is money for membership development for affiliate members. Talk to Jolie Lahlum. (Jolie agreed to email Betsy with information and Betsy will forward to affiliates.)
Christopher discussed the other bars that are trying to increase membership. There is just a lack of 'warm bodies.' Betsy was asked to provide literature or information.
D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar
1. Civil Litigation. Scott Swanson is not present, no report.
2. Life and the Law Committee. Jolie Lahlum indicated that this committee is creating a discussion group on the internet which will be open to all bar members. The discussion group will be focusing on personal subjects such as ethics, grief, balance, etc.
3. New Lawyers Section Committees.
4. Affiliate Outreach. Karen Arthurs is not present, no report.
V. Closing Business/Announcements. Jarvis Jones is implementing a new 10% Club initiative. He is expecting that sections increase their membership by 10%. More information will be forthcoming.
VI. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Joan M. Schulkers, Secretary


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyers Section
Council Meeting

September 20, 2001


MEMBERS PRESENT:

The members in attendance were: Mark Anderson, Jolie Lahlum, Joan Schulkers, Kerry Bundy (via teleconference), Theresa Jones, Jon Strauss, Liz Misiaveg-Patel (Minnesota CLE), Tim Morrow (Minnesota CLE), Lori Semke, and Betsy Keyes (MSBA.)

I. Opening Business:

A. Call to Order: Mark Anderson called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m.
B. Minutes: The Minutes of the MSBA NLS Board meeting held August 21, 2001 were approved as corrected.
C. Agenda: A discussion was held regarding board and council meetings. Both are held bi-monthly. Mark would like to call every meeting a council meeting this year because the board attends anyway. There was a call for objections from the floor. Having heard none, it was agreed that we would call each a meeting a council meeting. If the board needs to discuss issues for only the board, we will convene separately. The council consists of three groups: The Executive Board, Affiliate Representatives, and the Executive Council. The number of Affiliate Representatives to the Council is based on the size of each Affiliate. Ramsey is entitled to two, Hennepin is entitled to four, and all others are entitled to one.

II. Old Business:

A. Midwest Regional Conference Report: Mark Anderson gave a report. He thought the convention was great and well attended. Although 30+ attended the actual conference, the CLE's grew more attendees. Among others, there was an interesting CLE on the 'Sue the Dinosaur' case. Presentations included Illinois presenting a video for 18 year olds and the hazards of drinking and driving; Illinois presented another one on its website; and our own Christopher Kaisershot presented on sub-grants.

III. New Business:

A. New Lawyer Experience: Tim Morrow and Liz Misiaveg-Patel from Minnesota CLE discussed the Bridge the Gap CLE, now called "The New Lawyer Experience." They shared the history of the CLE, as well as their decision last year to make courses shorter and add lunchtime lectures on non-substantive law. Even with this change, the numbers were down last year, based on a survey that indicated that new lawyers were just too busy. This year they decided to decrease the amount of time from a five-day program to a two-day program. They are lowering pricing for new attorneys to $45. Second and third year attorneys can take the CLE for $85, and all others will be $95 (is this last one right?) There will be plenary sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon (hopefully 30 or so.) The first day there will be general sessions on topics such as negotiation and communication. The second day will be slotted for specific practice areas. They are also opening the CLE up to sponsors. The NLS made several suggestions to increase attendance, including holding the CLE before January, when large law firms do not count billables yet.

Tim and Liz were primarily asking to what extent the new lawyers would like to participate. Currently we do have $250 from our budget slated for this CLE. We may be open to have some of our members attend the CLE to introduce ourselves and talk about how new lawyers can become involved. There was some discussion on how our $250 should be spent: it basically was narrowed to either providing a door prize or using it for a reception at the end of the first day.

A motion was made to give $250 for a prize to The New Lawyers Experience. A motion was made to amend to include forming an ad hoc committee to examine our involvement in the CLE. A second motion to amend was made to give the ad hoc committee authority on what kind of prize(s) to purchase with the $250. The motion as amended was seconded and approved by unanimous vote. (Lori Semke and Jolie Lahlum were among the attendees who indicated interest in participating in the ad hoc committee.)

B. Calendar for 2001 - 2002. Mark Anderson distributed a Calendar of Meetings. The Calendar was amended to change the vote on funding for the ABA YLD spring conference in Denver, May 16 - 18, 2002 from April 18, 2002 to March 21, 2002.

C. Budget. Jolie Lahlum distributed her proposed 2001-2002 budget. After some discussion on delegate funding, it was decided that funding for St. Louis and Denver would be changed from the proposed $1188 budget to $1000 budget, primarily because there is already a $100 per day/$200 maximum per diem from ABA. The remaining $376 will be added onto the Washington DC budget funding for a new total of $1567 for that convention. Any other funds not used by the delegates will be placed in the Washington DC budget so that more can attend the annual convention. There was some discussion as to whether we should completely fund one delegate to each convention, with extra money being parceled to other delegates, or whether we should send up to three in equal amounts. FYI: The policies set forth the following provision in Policies § II. 5: " The Section shall ordinarily fund one delegate to each meeting and conference run by the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, at the national or regional level." This has been interpreted to mean that one delegate is fully funded. Shared funding is mentioned in Policies § II. 6(d). It describes how the directors of the affiliates can appoint more than one delegate to share funding not to exceed the budgeted amount.


A motion was made and carried to approve the budget as amended with respect to delegate funding.

Under the proposed budget for Programs, Projects, and Outreach, "Bridge the Gap" should be changed to "the New Lawyers Experience."

A motion was made and carried to remove the $750 for Get Out Vote (because no election is occurring this year other than mayoral races.) The amount will be allocated to new programs, increasing that funding from $300 to $1050.

There was some discussion regarding the Affiliate Outreach and Development budget. Mankato did not spend their $300 last year; they only spent $100. St. Cloud wants to become an ABA Affiliate this year, which does not cost money, it only takes an application. They should then be able to get money from the parent bar.

As a side note, Jason Kohlmeyer is replacing Stacy Edwards Jones in the Mankato area.

A motion was made and carried to change the "City Billiards" and "Other Event(s)" Social category to one category called "Winter Social" with a budget of $900.


D. Appointment of Section and Committee Liaisons. There are many appointments available for liaisons to each of the 30+ sections and committees in the big bar. Any one interested should contact Mark. Scott Swanson requested an appointment as liaison to the civil litigation section. Mark indicated he will mail section and committee list to new members.

E. Vote on Funding for ABA YLS fall conference in St. Louis, October 25 - 27, 2001. It was moved and approved that Joan Schulkers be funded up to $1,000 for this convention.

IV. Reports

A. Officers
1. Chair: Mark Anderson. No report.
2. Vice-Chair: Natalie Wyatt Brown is absent.
3. Secretary: Joan Schulkers. No report.
4. Treasurer: Jolie Lahlum. Reported that she has completed the project of integrating the policies and revisions made to them over the last few years into one complete document. A motion was made and carried unanimously that we adopt and use the revised and edited policy document.

B. Delegates and Representatives:

1. MSBA Board of Governors is Natalie Wyatt-Brown
2. ABA House of Delegates is Teresa Jones
C. Section Director Reports
1. Hennepin County Affiliate. Christopher Kaisershot. HCBA NLS Happy Hour was great. It was co-sponsored by MN Lawyers who paid $350 towards tab. Next month will be at Chino Latinos. Word is that Law & Politics would like to co-sponsor November's happy hour. More details coming.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate. Natalie Wyatt-Brown. Not present.

3. 3rd Affiliate. Not present

4. 11th District Affiliate. Jessica Sterle. Not present

5. Unaffiliated (Mankato). Jason Kohlmeyer. Not present.

V. Closing Business/Announcements.

A. The next meeting is October 18, 2001. Mark mentioned that the MSBA NLS website is out-of-date. Betsy offered to update the information with respect to the new officers contact information.

VI. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Executive Board Meeting

Minutes from August 21, 2001 Meeting


Attendees: Mark Anderson, Natalie Wyatt-Brown, Christopher Kaisershot, Jessica Sterle, Kerry Bunde, Teresa Jones, Jolie Lahlum, Joan Schulkers, John Strauss, and Betsy Keyes (MSBA staff)


1. Opening Business:

A. Call to order by Chair Mark Anderson at 4:35 PM

B. Approved minutes from June 26, 2001 meeting

C. Agenda

2. Old Business:

A. None

3. New Business:

A. Calendar: Discussed proposed calendar for upcoming year. Final calendar to be presented at first Council meeting scheduled for September 20, 2001. Final schedule to incorporate dates for meetings, scheduled ABA YLD events, the deadline for any proposed MSBA YLS legislative initiatives, and a calendar for selecting/electing replacement ABA YLD district rep to replace Christina Plum.

B. Budget: Treasurer to prepare budget for 2001 - 2002 for ratification at September 20, 2001 Council meeting.

It was noted that in the past the budget has always had policies attached. Over the years, the board and/or council have made revisions to the policies, which are reflected in the minutes and incorporated into the policies by reference. There currently is no "clean" copy of the policies with all the changes incorporated. The Treasurer will incorporate all such changes into a new, single document.

D. Section and Committee Liaisons: Appointment of section and committee liaisons to take place at September 20, 2001 Council meeting. Members are encouraged to serve as liaisons, or to solicit other members to serve. A listing of all MSBA sections and committees will be distributed at the September council meeting.

E. ABA YLD Regional Conference. Funding for the fall Regional Conference was approved for Mark Anderson and Jolie Lahlum not to exceed $500.00 each.

F. Mark Anderson to contact Christina Plum regarding official recognition of St. Cloud district as an ABA YLD affiliate.

G. Pro se initiative. Mark Anderson will contact Judge Toussaint regarding possible MSBA NLS participation in the MSBA pro se initiative.

4. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 5:20 PM

Next meeting: MSBA NLS Executive Council Meeting 9/20/01


Minnesota State Bar Association
New Lawyers Section
Council Meeting
Rivercentre, Meeting Room 9
June 21, 2001


MEMBERS PRESENT:

The members in attendance were: Kerry Bundy, Jolie Lahlum, Gretchen Otto, Joan Schulkers, Mark Anderson, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Rene Diebold, Doug Debner, Faye Miller, Jill Eichenwald, Tami Schroeder, Dan Rauenhorst, Heather Griesert, Gillian Uecker-Rosenquist, Aaron Crandall and Betsy from MSBA.

I. OPENING BUSINESS

A. Call to Order: Kerry Bundy called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m.
B. Minutes: Minutes from last month were adopted without changes.



II. OLD BUSINESS


A. Habitat for Humanity. Not only did the six volunteers finished their work early, but the project received more money than it anticipated.


B. Convention update. President's Reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dance to Bozo Allegra from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Everyone welcome afterwards to the St. Paul Hotel, NLS' suite, Room 825. June 22 (tomorrow) the NLS presents the appellate practice seminar. Justices Blatz and Toussant will present at the Court of Appeals.

C. Newsletter - June/July issue to be finished shortly. Articles are still needed for the newsletter.

III. NEW BUSINESS


A. Interim Unaffiliated Area representative: Jason Kohlmeyer, Manahan & Bluth [507-387-5661, jck@manahanbluth.com] (until new chair appoints him or someone else.)
B. Voting for delegate funding to the ABA/YLD Annual Convention in Chicago, Aug 3-5. This will be coming out of next year's budget. It was moved and approved to fund Gretchen Otto for up to $1,000.
C. Election of Officers. The nominated committee submitted its nomination for officers for the upcoming year: Mark Anderson - Chair; Bob Webber and Natalie Wyatt-Brown - Vice Chair (the nominated committee is allowed to nominate two individuals, however, at this time Bob Webber has withdrawn his name for consideration); Joan Schulkers - Secretary; Jolie Lahlum - Treasurer. After receiving no objections or nominations from the floor, Mark Anderson was elected Chair, Natalie Wyatt-Brown was elected Vice-Chair, and Jolie Lahlum was elected Treasurer. With respect to the Secretary position, Tom Gump submitted a Statement of Interest since the nominating committee drafted its report. That Statement of Interest was read to the members present. A call for nominations from the floor was taken and after receiving no other nominations, Joan Schulkers was elected Secretary. It was suggested that Mark Anderson call Tom Gump to suggest his involvement through a director's position.

IV. REPORTS.

A. Officers

1. Chair: Kerry Bundy reported that the MSBA Executive Committee voted to allow lists of lawyers to be distributed free of charge for CLE's less than three hours. MSBA already has option at their discretion to distribute lists anyway.

2. Vice-Chair: Nothing to report.

3. Secretary. Nothing to report.

4. Treasurer. Christopher is absent.

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors - Gretchen Otto. Gretchen encouraged all to attend the general assembly and to take their seat as a delegate.
2. ABA House of Delegates - Brian Melendez. No report as Brian is absent.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County Affiliate. Sonia Miller-Van Oort reported for HCBA. There is a end of term/volunteer appreciation party at Sonia's on July 13, 2001 at Sonia's, 301 20th Avenue North, Hopkins, Minnesota. The Saints Game is coming up on July 15, 2001. Tickets are $13 and includes tailgating and game ticket. Tailgating starts at 11:00 am. Game begins at 1:00. Tickets are still available. Contact Jon Strauss and Dorsey & Whitney for tickets.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate. No report as Scott is absent.

3. 3rd District Bar Affiliate. No report as Karen is absent.

4. 11th District Affiliate. Summer associate picnic in July, all new lawyers attending. Monthly Happy Hour turned into weekly Happy Hour.

5. Unaffiliated Area. No report as Jason is absent.

6. Miscellaneous: Aaron Crandall from St. Cloud talked about a successful Happy Hour. They had 20-35 people attend. He is wondering how to become an affiliate and asked for event ideas. Sonia suggested he attend the South Dakota convention. There were concerns posed relating to the size of the 7th District. A suggestion was made that the NLS narrow itself to the Stearns/Benton area. The bad news is that Gretchen believed the Bylaws might state that the affiliate has to be district wide. The good news is that money can come from the 7th District bar. She suggested that Aaron talk to Karen Arthurs since she recently developed her own bylaws (and Gretchen says they are "great.")

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Life and the Law. Jolie Lahlum reported that the bike ride for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers raised $1300 at this successful event. The stress seminar was not so successful as there were only three attendees. She has a booth set up at the convention.

2. Women in the Profession. Nothing to report.

3. Legislative. No report as Bob Webber is absent.

4. Convention. No report as Natalie Wyatt-Brown is absent.

5. Legal Education. This direction position is open.

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair. No report as Karen Arthurs is absent.

2. Technology. No report as Teresa Jones is absent.

3. Newsletter. Doug Debner. Nothing to report.

4. Membership/Social. No report as Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml are absent.

5. Professional Development. Mark Twombly is absent but Sonia reported that the career alternative seminar was successful. The State Bar received $340.

V. Closing Business/Announcements. Gretchen suggested that Chris make an accounting because the bar year ends on June 30th. We should spend down the entire budget because if we don't, we'll lose the overage in the next budget proposal. We were reduced by $1,000 (to $13,300) because we did not spend it all. At the Board of Governors meeting, Jim Baillie did say he would raise our budget to the $14,300 again if they had extra money. She reminded us that the budget is revised every three years.

 

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION NEW LAWYERS SECTION Board Meeting Minutes from May 17th, 2001 Meeting
Attendees: Kerry Bundy, Jolie Lahlum, Joan Schulkers,
Natalie Wyatt Brown, and Betsy Keyes.

I. Opening Business

A. Call to Order at 5:30 by chair Kerry Bundy.

B. Minutes were approved.

II. Old Business

Habitat for Humanity – A motion was presented and passed to spend up to 480
on pizza for lunch for the Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

Convention Update – The annual New Lawyers meeting will be held at 5:30.
room to be announced) The boat ride and the Mississippi and the Judge’s
BBQ will overlap. The president’s reception is on Friday form 8:30 to 11:30.
A motion was presented and passed to fund a hospitality suite after the
President’s reception.

Nominating Committee update. - No report.

Awards of Achievement update. deadline: June 11, 2001. If your affiliate has
done something special you should apply for an award. Contact Kerry for 
applications.

III. New Business

Alaska Conference Report.

Annual ABA-YLD Chicago meeting funding. The Chicago meeting will be 
on Aug 3-5. The next meeting will be too late to save the $100 early 
registration fee. A motion was presented and passed to register two people 
Joan and Jolie) before the May 31st deadline to save the $100. This 
registration is a temporary registration made only for the purpose of 
saving the $100 early registration discount.

MN Public Service Project for South Dakota AOP.

Co-sponsoring MN Advocates asylum training event. A motion was presented 
and passed to co-sponsor this event on June 1st.

Flood Relief.

IV. Reports

A. Officers

1. Chair – No Report
2. Vice Chair – No Report
3. Secretary  No Report
4. Treasurer  The $500 allocated to Mark Twombly’s alternative career
seminar was returned because the event was so successful it made a profit.

B. Delegates and Representatives

MSBA Board of Governors- Gretchen Otto.

ABA House of Delegates- Brian Melendez. Brian sent his report in
April 11 via e-mail. 

C. Section Director Reports

Hennepin County Affiliate - Joan Schulkers – There is a regular meeting
with elections on May 23, and Saints game on July 15. Tickets are still
available.

Ramsey County Affiliate – There are elections at the June meeting. There was
a big turn-out at the Nook Happy Hour.

3rd District Bar Affiliate – Karen Arthurs. - No Report.

11th District Affiliate – John Yost, Cameron Seybolt- There is a 
year-end social on May 24th.

Unaffiliated Area – Stacey Edwards Jones – No Report.

D.  New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum : mini-convention – Some upcoming
events at the convention will be the bike ride fundraiser, the wellness
booth, and the stress management seminar.

2. Women & the Profession – Jolie Lahlum – No Report.

3. Legislative- Robert Webber. –No Report.

4. Convention – Natalie Wyatt Brown. Discussed previously.

5. Legal Education – open.

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair- Karen Arthurs. – No Report.

2. Technology – Teresa Jones. - No Report.

3. Newsletter –Article submission deadline is June 1st for a June 8th
publication date.

4. Membership/Social – Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml. - No report.

5. Professional Development – Mark Twombly – Alternative careers 
seminar was a big success.

V. Closing Business/Announcements

VI. Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 6:20.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

NEW LAWYERS SECTION

Council Meeting

Minutes from April 19th, 2001 Meeting

Attendees: Mark Anderson, Karen Arthurs, Teresa Jones, Christopher Kaisershot, Jolie Lahlum, Sonya Miller-VanOort, Scott Swanson, Christopher Stall, and Betsy Keyes.

I. Opening Business

A. Call to Order at 5:35 by acting chair Mark Anderson.

B. Minutes were approved with the amended motion regarding the Alaska funding.

C. Agenda

II. Old Business

Habitat for Humanity - May 24,2001. Detailed information and sign-up sheet are available. There are more people needed for the project (9 have signed up but 20 are needed). Two shifts are available. You can work from 9:00 to 12:00 or from 1:00 to 4:00. Money donations are also needed and accepted.

Legislative Update: Bob Webber; Barbara Penn’s email; John Yost’s email; Betsy. The SMRLS (Southern Minnesota Regional Legislative Services) is struggling for funding. They are asking for $2 million that was first requested back in 1996. A motion was passed that e-mail should be sent to the list serve.

III. New Business

Impact Funding Proposal information. The request deadline is May for Impact fund requests. Contact Kerry for more information and forms. Ramsey County’s Mentoring program would be an ideal candidate for impact funding.

Nominations for Programming at National Conferences and Meetings, 2001-2002 Bar Year. Hennepin is nominating programming. Other affiliates are encouraged to nominate programming.

Mid-West Regional AOP: Sept. 6-8, 2001 in Rapid City, S.D. MSBA-NLS has been invited to make a presentation. A motion was passed that Chair Bundy should write back to accept our intention to accept the invitation to make a presentation and that the question of what to present should be put on the May & June agenda.

2000-2001 Awards of Achievement Competition deadline: June 11, 2001. If your affiliate has done something special you should apply for an award. Contact Kerry for applications. A motion was passed that Kerry should pick someone to complete an application to present our newsletter for an award, and that Scott Swanson will someone to complete an application to present the Santa Suit program for an award.

Nominating Committee for MSBA NLS Elections. The committee shall consist of those officers and directors who are not seeking an office at the annual meeting; and one member, who is not seeking an office at the annual meeting, elected or appointed by and from any affiliate whose director does not serve on the committee. Karen Arthurs, Kerry Bundy, Christopher Kaisershot, Sonya Miller-VanOort, Scott Swanson, agreed to be on the Nominating Committee and also John Yost if he chooses to accept.

Chris Stall is the new MDP task force new lawyers representative.

IV. Reports

A. Officers

1. Chair – No Report
2. Vice Chair – No Report
3. Secretary – No Report
4. Treasurer – The $50 budget shortfall has been made up.

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors- Gretchen Otto. There is a meeting on April21st for the nomination of Teresa Jones.

2. ABA House of Delegates- Brian Melendez. Brian sent his report in April 11 e-mail.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Sonia Miller-VanOort, Gina Lombardo, Joan Schulkers, and Mark Twombly. Some upcoming events are Youth events on May1, and May 11, Happy Hour on May 3, regular meeting with elections on May 23, and Saints game on July 15.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate – Scott Swanson. Some upcoming events are the regular meeting with elections on May 9, and Happy Hour on June 14.

3. 3rd District Bar Affiliate – Karen Arthurs. Some upcoming events are the

4. 11th District Affiliate – John Yost, Cameron Seybolt

5. Unaffiliated Area – Stacey Edwards Jones – No Report.

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum : mini-convention – Some upcoming events at the convention will be the bike ride fundraiser, the wellness booth, and the stress management seminar.

2. Women & the Profession – Jolie Lahlum – No Report.

3. Legislative- Robert Webber. There is a proposed sales tax on legal services. This could adversely affect the poor and other people when they are most needy. This has been coined the "misery tax." Contact Roger Moe and Larry Pogemiller to voice your opinion. Letters can be more meaningful than e-mails. Contact your clients to inform them of the proposed tax. The February Bench and Bar has more information about this tax.

4. Convention – Natalie Wyatt Brown. Some of the events at the convention will be The Welcome BBQ with the St. Paul Vulcans, the Dance with the Dinosaurs, and the appellate practice tour with Justice Blatz. A motion was passed that the budget should be spent down at the convention to avoid surpluses.

5. Legal Education – open – Tami Shroeder was resigned from her position as liaison because of conflicts with the committee. This issue should be put on next month’s agenda.

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair- Karen Arthurs. – No Report.

2. Technology – Teresa Jones. - Needs update.

3. Newsletter – Doug Debner – No Report.

4. Membership/Social – Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml

5. Professional Development – Mark Twombly – See e-mail dated April 19 regarding the Hindi Greenberg program on April 21. Volunteers are still needed for the program.

V. Closing Business/Announcements

VI. Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 6:30.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

NEW LAWYERS SECTION

Council Meeting

Minutes from Special Meeting

Attendees: Kerry Bundy, Christopher Kaisershot, Brian Melendez, Jolie Lahlum, Brian Melendez, Sonya Miller-VanOort, Tami Schroeder, and Natalie Wyatt Brown.

I. Special Business

Call to Order at 5:18 by Chair Kerry Bundy.

Alaska Funding. Mark Anderson was previously funded for the ABA-YLD Spring Conference in Alaska and has announced that he is no longer able to attend. This creates a funding opportunity for another person to attend the conference. Tami Schroeder form the Hennepin Affiliate and John Yost form the Duluth Affiliate both expressed interest in attending the conference and were nominated. The policies express that Hennepin has precedence over Duluth and therefore Tami Schroeder will be the one funded. Jolie Lahlum will receive the priority funding of $800 and Tami Schroeder and Natalie Wyatt Brown will split the remaining $1232.

Meeting adjourned at 5:25.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION

Council Meeting

MINUTES from March 15th, 2001 Meeting

Attendees: Mark Anderson, Kerry Bundy, Doug Debner, Teresa Jones, Jolie Lahlum,Brian Melendez, Sonia Miller-VanOort, Gretchen Otto, Joan Schulkers,Christopher Stall, Scott Swanson, Natalie Wyatt Brown, Bob Webber,John Yost, and Betsy Keyes (MSBA Staff)

I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order by Chair Kerry Bundy at 5:34.

B. Minutes- The minutes from January 18th, 2001 meeting were presented and approved.

C. Agenda

II. Old Business
Habitat for Humanity – The scheduled date for volunteer service would be Thursday, May 24,2001 from 9:00 to 4:00. MSBA NLS needs 20 volunteers to help finish trim, cabinets, and a parking pad for this day. More details to follow….

Newsletter – Most individuals did not remember receiving their E-mail publication of the Hearsay newsletter.

Report on MAP Presentation – The MAP (Management Assistance Program) hosted a free information session prior to the meeting on how to get involved and participate in available opportunities as a non-profit board member, or consultant. It was well attended.

Teresa Jones was nominated, accepted, and ran unopposed as the New Lawyers’ candidate for delegate for the ABA House of Delegates. She will be presented as the New Lawyers’ candidate at the next MSBA Board of Governors meeting. Congratulations Teresa!

Legislative Action: write your legislator! Legislative hearings on the judiciary budget are occurring this week. Gretchen has sample letters to use if you are interested in sending a letter to your legislators.

Key legislators are:

Rep. Rich Stanek
Chair, House Judiciary Finance Committee
543 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651)296-5502
E-mail: rep.rich.stanek@house.leg.state.mn.us

Rep. Dave Bishop
Chair, House Ways and Means Committee
453 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651)296-0573
E-mail: rep.dave.bishop@house.leg.state.mn.us

Sen. Richard J. Cohen
Chair, Senate State Government, Economic Development and the Judiciary Budget Division
317 Capitol, 75 Constitution Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
Phone: (651)296-5931
E-mail: sen.richard.cohen.@senate.leg.state.mn.us

The City Billiards Happy Hour was successful with about 70 attorneys in attendance. There were drinks, appetizers, billiards, and door prizes. State and local bar associations were there to publicize themselves and events. Because of the problems in planning this year’s event, it was suggested that next year the social committee plan a new location for this event.

III. New Business
Vote on Funding for Alaska:
Kerry verified with a copy of the budget that there was $2032 budgeted for travel expenses to the Anchorage conference. Mark Anderson, and Natalie Wyatt-Brown and Jolie Lahlum expressed interest in securing funding to go to the conference. As amended: Gretchen moved that we fund the delegate with priority (Mark Anderson) up to $800, and thereafter split any remaining funds (including the balance, if any, leftover from the $800 funding from Anderson) in the Alaska travel budget between the two delegates (Lahlum and Wyatt-Brown) with lesser priority. It was seconded and passed successfully.

Natalie Wyatt-Brown was nominated, accepted, and ran unopposed as the New Lawyers’ candidate for MSBA Board of Governors representative. She will be presented as the New Lawyers’ candidate at the next MSBA Board of Governors meeting. Congratulations Natalie!

On March 26th Minnesota Lawyer will be recognizing Kerry Bundy as one of the top ten new attorneys. Congratulations Kerry!

IV. Reports
A. Officers

1. Chair: audit committee – met to discuss NLS operations. Will keep you posted.

2. Vice Chair – no report

3. Secretary – no report

4. Treasurer – no report

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors- Gretchen Otto – The next Board meeting is scheduled for April 21st at 9:00 am.

ABA House of Delegates- Brian Melendez - see ABA internet site for more information. See web site: http://www.abanet.org/leadership/journal/2000dailyjournal.html

C. Section Director Reports

Hennepin County Affiliate - Sonia -VanOort, Gina Lombardo, Joan Schulkers, and Mark Twombly
The current projects are: Glass Slipper fundraiser to raise prom dresses for the needy, Saints game, explorer groups, and the seminar for Alternative Legal Careers with Hindi Greenberg.

Ramsey County Affiliate – Scott Swanson
The Happy Hour will be changed to a new location. It will now be held at Mickie’s Nook on Randolph and Hamline. A project coming up in May is the mentoring program.

3rdth District Bar Affiliate – Karen Arthurs

11th District Affiliate – John Yost, Cameron Seybolt:
They are in the process of electing new people and are having monthly luncheons.

Unaffiliated Area – Stacey Edwards Jones – The Mankato Area New Lawyers have met once in November. There has been some recent interest by several prospective new members in a spring outing.

Aaron Crandall – St. Cloud’s wine and cheese tasting was a great success. There were 30 new lawyers and several local judges in attendance. Other events have been a visit from Judge Toussiant, an informal get-together called "Tips from the Bar" where "bar tips" are exchanged. An educational lunch event is scheduled on April 19th where a panel of attorneys will speak on issues critical for new lawyers.

D. New Lawyers Section Liasons to the General Bar

Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum
The committee is becoming very active with, a spiritual subcommittee, resource guide, and the convention activities.

Convention:
The "River Bend Ride" is scheduled at the convention for June 21st from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. The ride is to promote balance and to raise money for the LCL organization. The ride begins at Harriet Island can be a 5-mile, 10-mile, or 40-mile ride. The ride will have sponsors, rest stops and refreshments, T-shirts, and a poker run contest.

A stress management seminar for the convention is in the works.

Seabury and Smith and LCL are sponsoring a wellness booth at the convention.

William Moyer will speak at a CLE regarding law and chemical dependency

2. Women & the Profession – Jolie Lahlum no report

3. Legislative- Robert Webber. See II. E. above regarding clerk salary increases. The Rules of Professional Responsibility Board is working on changing the rules regarding multi-disciplinary practice.

4. Convention – Natalie Wyatt Brown - The convention activities include the Welcome BBQ at Como Park, the "Dance with the Dinosaurs" at the Minnesota Science Museum (some celebrities are expected), and a hospitality suite.

5. Legal Education – Tami Schroeder – no report

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair- Karen Arthurs. St. Cloud is doing great!

2. Technology – Teresa Jones – no report

3. Newsletter – Doug Debner – Need contributions for the next newsletter by June 1st.

4. Membership/Social – Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml – no report

5. Professional Development – Mark Twombly – no report

V. Closing Business/Announcements

VI. Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 7:00


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

NEW LAWYERS SECTION

Executive Board Meeting 

MINUTES from January 18, 2001 Meeting

Attendees: Mark Anderson (acting chair), Christopher Kaisershot, Jolie Lahlum, Brian Melendez, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Gretchen Otto, Joan Schulkers, Bob Webber, and Betsy Keyes (MSBA Staff).

I. Opening Business

A. Call to Order at 5:40

B. Minutes- The minutes from the December 21st, 2000 meeting were presented and approved.

C. Agenda-

II. Old Business

Report on Preview Night at La Fougasse. - The social event had great food and wine.

Reminder re:  ABA/YLD Mid-Year Meeting is February 17th.

Habitat for Humanity update [if there is one]. This is an 8-week project co-sponsored by the Construction Law and Public Law Sections. The New Lawyers Section will need to commit to a specific date.

Pro Bono CLE - Robert Webber. This event is sponsored by the New Lawyers Section. It offers one free CLE credit and free pizza while learning about topics and pro bono opportunities in the area of immigration. Minnesota has a growing demand for immigration law pro bono work.

Nominations for ABA House of Delegate representative: As you know, Brian's term will expire in August, 2001. The NLS will nominate a successor in February, 2001. So far, Gretchen Otto has expressed an interest in this position.

Newsletter Submissions and Deadlines - Doug Debner. Any events that you would like to have included in the newsletter should be submitted before February 1st for the February newsletter. The next issue is not until June.

III. New Business

February Social at City Billiards - Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml. – The City Billiards event is scheduled for February 22nd. There are more details to come.

IV. Reports

A. Officers

1. Chair – No report.

2. Vice Chair – No report.

3. Secretary – No report.

4. Treasurer – The budget is still $50 short. This shortage may be offset by a possible surplus created by the Lawsuit Day event. This event is not expected to have cost the $750 that was budgeted.

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors- Gretchen Otto – The next meeting is scheduled for April 21st. The deadline for agenda items is March 30th. There are currently no issues significant to New Lawyers on the agenda.

2. ABA House of Delegates- Brian Melendez 

a) see web site: http://www.abanet.org/leadership/journal/2000dailyjournal.html

C.  Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Gina Lombardo, Joan Schulkers, and Mark Twombly

The current projects are: Breakfast with Judges, Glass Slipper fundraiser for prom dresses, explorer groups, Nuts & Bolts, and the Youth Empowerment Summit. Hennepin County is sending representatives to the San Diego meeting.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate - Scott Swanson – Happy Hour at O’Gara’s is scheduled for 5:30 on February 8th. "Ride Along" is a new program created where RCBA members can spend a day with a judge. Goals are to open this program to all members sometime in the future.

3. 3rdth District Bar Affiliate - Karen Arthurs a submitted report

Recent events: Members recently had a chance to mingle and get to know each other better at our Holiday Celebration. The event even attracted a few new members. Many thanks to Jim Haase for his hospitality.

Our affiliate participated in the Lawsuits for Santa Project, and collected approximately 40 items. Thanks to all who donated and to Sharon Zehe for coordinating our efforts. The items were donated to the Rochester Workforce Center.

Ed Cleary from the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility spoke at our January meeting. Our turnout for this meeting was exceptional 17 Rochester new lawyers.

Upcoming events: The topic for our February meeting will include an overview of the Rochester community, including various services offered in the area.

4. 11th District Affiliate - John Yost, Cameron Seybolt – no report

5. Unaffiliated Area - Stacey Edwards Jones – no report

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum – The convention "River Bend Ride" is scheduled for June 21st from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. The ride is to promote balance and to raise money for the LCL organization. The ride begins at Harriet Island and goes to Axel’s, the Mendota Bridge, or the Minnesota Zoo depending if you want a 5-mile, 10-mile, or 40-mile ride. The ride will have sponsors, rest stops and refreshments, T-shirts, and a poker run contest. A stress management seminar for the convention is in the works. Seabury and Smith and LCL are sponsoring a wellness booth at the convention.

The committee would like to focus on changing the rules regarding CLE accreditation for non-traditional education programs such as alternative careers and stress management.

2. Women & the Profession - Jolie Lahlum – The 1999 SAGE result summary has been completed and submitted. The committee discussed reducing costs of updating the SAGE project by doing 2 years of updates together. The committee also discussed focusing their mission for the upcoming year.

3. Legislative- Robert Webber – The project to increase law clerk salaries is progressing well. The MSBA Board of Governors has passed the NLS recommendations. The judiciary will ask $33,000 for law clerk salaries. It is a line item in the court budget request. The budget is entering the committee phase in the legislature. Law & Politics will have an article in the April issue.

4. Convention - Natalie Wyatt Brown – Convention highlights: Wednesday night is the Judges BBQ at Como Park, Thursday night is "Dancing with the Dinosaurs" at the Minnesota Science Museum, Friday morning is golf at Como Park, and the mini convention is on Friday morning.

5. Legal Education - Tami Schroeder – no report

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair- Karen Arthurs – no report

2. Technology - Teresa Jones – no report

3. Newsletter - Doug Debner – This month’s newsletter is a little light and needs more stuff.

4. Membership/Social - Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml. - The City Billiards event is scheduled for February 22nd. There are more details to come.

5. Professional Development - Mark Twombly – no report

V. Closing Business/Announcements

VI. Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 pm.



MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION

Executive Board Meeting 

MINUTES from December 21, 2000 Meeting

Attendees: Kerry Bundy, Douglas Debner, Teresa Jones, Jolie Lahlum, Gina Lombardo, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Gretchen Otto, Mark Twombly, and Betsy Keyes (MSBA Staff).

I. Opening Business

A. Call to Order by Chair Kerry Bundy at 5:45.

B. Minutes – The minutes from the November 16, 2000 meeting were presented and approved.

C. Agenda

II. Old Business

A. "Santa Brings A Lawsuit Day" results.

Scott Swanson of RCBA reported the Santa Brings a Law "Suit" clothing drive took place in the annex of the Ramsey County Courthouse. At least 164 men’s suits and 193 suits/outfits for women were donated by members of the Ramsey County Bar, as well as numerous other garments and items: i.e., dress shirts, blouses, ties, blazers (men’s and women’s) and overcoats. The suits and apparel were donated to and picked up by at least a half of dozen agencies and organizations who help those persons who are trying to get on their feet and out into the job force.

HCBA reported similar significant numbers. The donations were very generous and exceeded expectations. The council applauds all those who volunteered their time and effort to make the event so successful.

B. Board of Governors passes law clerk salary increase resolution. Kudos to Robert Webber, Natalie Wyatt-Brown, Gretchen Otto and others who helped create and lobby for this effort. Bob Webber will contact Lloyd Grooms by the January NLS meeting to decide on the next steps going forward.

III. New Business

A. Vote on funding representative to ABA/YLD Mid-Year Meeting. Affiliates, please have your nominations by the meeting.
A motion to allow the Chair, Kerry Bundy, to nominate a candidate was presented and passed.
Kerry nominated Gina Lombardo to represent the NLS at the ABA/YLD Mid-Year meeting.
The nomination was passed.

B. Free Preview Night for MSBA NLS at La Fougasse, January 10, 2001. Discussion of invitations/ guest list.
Gina Lombardo volunteered to send invitations to the New Lawyers who have subscribed to the New Lawyers list serve, and to collect RSVPs from the first 75 responses.

C. MAPP scheduled to speak at March, 2001 meeting regarding Board of Director opportunities. They will discuss opportunities to volunteer as a board member.

D. Habitat for Humanity project discussion, between April and June, 2001. President Gernander's requested donation: one day or more of volunteering and/or $1000. 15 - 20 volunteers. Each section is requested to commit to fill the project’s volunteer requirements for one day. The number of hours required by each individual will depend on the number of volunteers. There are also possibly evening and weekend volunteer opportunities. A motion to commit to one day was presented and passed.

E. Immigration project ideas from Robert Webber.
Bob Webber submitted a report detailing two immigration law ideas:

a. Roundtable - Scott Borene, Chair of the MSBA Immigration Law Section, proposed to me the idea of doing a roundtable where new lawyers or lawyers new to immigration can get a short overview of issues and then ask questions to "experts." Immigration issues are playing an increasing role in employment law, family law, criminal law, and business law. A lot of people are handling immigration-related matters, in some way. So the proposal would be for NLS to partner with the Immigration Law Section for a roundtable -brown bag lunch or happy hour, maybe in May.

b. Pro Bono Training - There is a real possibility that Congress will soon pass legislation related to illegal aliens, giving some kind of amnesty. This legislation will create a great need for pro bono representation as thousands will want to apply for immigration benefits. Proposal would involve NLS partnering with Minnesota Advocates (who are very interested) in doing some pro bono training, maybe geared at large firm associates, who would handle one case under the new amnesty law. MN Advocates would like this to happen in March, and they think a half-day of training is appropriate - but I would lobby for a long lunch, or breakfast, as a half-day is too much time for most junior attorneys. NLS would provide the location (MSBA offices or CLE center) and promote. MN Advocates would bring the substantive experts.

IV. Reports

A. Officers

B. Delegates and Representatives

C. Section Director Reports

We have scheduled a "kickoff" social event for January 11. It will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Paramount Arts District from 5:00-7:00. (conveniently located next to several downtown bars so I’m sure it will extend beyond 7:00). The wine is being supplied by a local liquor distributor at a reduced rate with the SBBA picking up the tab. We would like to request $100.00 from the MSBA for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred in obtaining a mailing list, promotion of our "kickoff’ social, and to offset the cost of food at the event. Everyone is invited, I will e-mail everyone our flyer with more details of the event.

In February we will be co-sponsoring with the SBBA, a visit by Judge Toussaint.

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

V. Closing Business/Announcements

VI. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 7:20pm.

 

HEARSAY
2001-2002 SCHEDULE

 

FEBRUARY 2001 ISSUE (the 5th issue) PAPERLESS/[NTERNET DISTRIBUTION ONLY

Thursday, February 1, 2001: Articles due.

Thursday, February 8, 2001: Publication date.

JUNE 2001 ISSUE (the 6th issue) PAPERLESS/INTERNET DISTRIBUTION ONLY

Friday, June 1, 2001: Articles due.

Friday, June 8, 2001: Publication date.

OCTOBER 2001 ISSUE (the 7th issue) MAILED DISTRIBUTION
Monday, October 1, 2001: Articles due.
Monday, October 8, 2001: Publication date.

FEBRUARY 2002 ISSUE (the 8th issue) PAPERLESS/INTERNET DISTRIBUTION ONLY

Friday, February 1, 2002: Articles due.
Friday, February 8, 2002: Publication date.

JUNE 2002 ISSUE (the 9th issue) PAPERLESS/INTERNET DISTRIBUTION ONLY

Monday, June 3, 2002: Articles due.
Monday, June 10, 2002: Publication date.

OCTOBER 2002 ISSUE (the 10th issue) MAILED DISTRIBUTION

Tuesday, October 1, 2002: Articles due.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002: Publication date.

 

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council

MINUTES from November 16th, 2000 Meeting

Attendees: Mark Anderson, Karen Arthurs, Kerry Bundy, Aaron Crandall, Teresa Jones, Christopher Kaisershot, Jolie Lahlum, Gretchen Otto, Joan Schulkers, Scott Swanson, Mark Twombly, Natalie Wyatt Brown, John Yost, and Betsy Keyes (MSBA Staff)

I. Opening Business

A. Call to Order by Chair Kerry Bundy at 5:35.

B. Minutes- The minutes from October 26, 2000 meeting were presented and approved.

C. Agenda

II. Old Business

Vote on approving reimbursement request by Teresa Jones.

The previously tabled motion to approve $500 in funding for Teresa Jones for the fall conference in Phoenix while preserving Hennepin County Affiliate’s priority standing for future funding allocations was passed.

Vote on proposed policies regarding reimbursements and affiliate outreach funding.

1. A motion to insert 14 regarding verification for reimbursements was presented and passed. The new amendment reads as follows:

14) Verification: To qualify for reimbursement, each delegate must submit to the Treasurer (or, in the case of the Treasurer, to the Chair):

(a) an itemized reimbursement request with attached copies of all receipts; and

(b) an affidavit, signed and sworn by the delegate, verifying that he or she has reviewed these funding and reimbursement policies and has economized in compliance with 8 of these policies.

The delegate shall not receive any reimbursement until he or she has complied with the provisions of this paragraph.

2. A motion to adopt policies regarding Affiliate Outreach and Development funding were presented and passed. The new policies read as follows:

Funds appropriated for Affiliate Outreach and Development will be distributed in accordance with the following guidelines:

I. Affiliated Areas

Affiliated Areas may request funding from the MSBA NLS for events or projects that are for the purpose of recruiting, improving or expanding their existing affiliate. If funding is available, a decision to grant monies will be based on the following considerations:

(1) demonstration by the affiliate of lack of resources or available existing funding;
(2) the monies will not be used for alcoholic beverages;
(3) whether the affiliate received or anticipates receiving funding for any other event;
(4) the size and age of the affiliate, with preference being given to smaller and newly established affiliates; and
(5) whether the event or project is a reasonable means to meeting the purpose of the funding.

II. Unaffiliated Areas

Unaffiliated Areas may request funding from the MSBA NLS for events or projects that are for the purpose of recruiting, establishing and developing a new affiliate. If funding is available, a decision to grant monies will be based on the following considerations:

1) the monies will not be used for alcoholic beverages;

2) whether the affiliate received or anticipates receiving funding for any other event; and

3) whether the event or project is a reasonable means to meeting the purpose of the funding.

Post-Project Report

Each recipient of affiliated or unaffiliated funding must submit a report to the MSBA NLS council upon completion of the project detailing the substance and outcome of the event.

Timeline

Effective July 1, 2001, requests for affiliated and unaffiliated area funding will be considered at the September MSBA NLS meeting. If any funds initially allocated to the unaffiliated area remain undistributed by the February business meeting, those funds shall become available for use in affiliated area projects. Funds distributed for affiliated or unaffiliated area projects must be used by June 30th of the bar year in which they were distributed.

III. New Business

A. Probono.net presentation. – Nancy Kleeman presented the Probono.net website as a resource for attorneys doing probono work.. The website is divided into four areas: asylum, death penalty, MJF and civil law. There are pages with news and links, calendar with event and CLE’s dates, and a searchable library with forms in Word, Word Perfect, and PDF formats, new matters, and rosters.

B. Resolution for Increased Salaries for Judicial Law Clerks- A motion was offered and passed to approve the resolution as the official position of the NLS and to present it at the December 1st MSBA Board of Governors meeting. Gretchen volunteered to present the Resolution at the Board of Governors meeting. The Resolution reads as follows:

Increased Salaries for Judicial Law Clerks Resolution November 2000.

WHEREAS Judicial Law Clerks play a critical role in the court system in Minnesota and the administration of justice in the state; and

WHEREAS Judicial Law Clerks often serve for limited periods of time (one or two years) and are not organized in a salary bargaining unit; and

WHEREAS Judicial Law Clerks in district courts in Minnesota make less than $27,000 annually; and

WHEREAS the current pay rate has led to regularly unfilled positions, particularly in rural areas, and unacceptable candidates for many positions, including clerkships for the Minnesota Supreme Court; and

WHEREAS Judicial Law Clerks in comparable states are paid much more than clerks in Minnesota, for example, all law clerks in South Dakota make at least $32,000 annually, clerks in Nebraska make $36,500, clerks in North Dakota make $37,000, and clerks in Ohio make $44,000; and

WHEREAS Judicial Law Clerks in Minnesota endure considerable hardships including student loan deferment, the need to take second jobs, increased consumer debt, and in extreme cases, government assistance; and

WHEREAS a compensation study commissioned by the Minnesota State Court Administration acknowledges the low pay rate of Judicial Law Clerks and recommends a pay rate of $16 per hour or $36,280 annually.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that for the 2001-2003 biennium, the MSBA should seek an increase in the salaries of all Judicial Law Clerks to at least $16 per hour ($33,280 per year). Further, the MSBA should recommend that Judicial Law Clerks be given a systematic voice in Court Administration budgeting to avoid this problem in the future. These positions are consistent with the compensation study prepared by Court Administration and ensure that Judicial Law Clerks will continue to play a positive role in the administration of justice in the state of Minnesota.

IV. Reports

A. Officers

1. Chair

a) Executive Committee Report.

2. Vice Chair

3. Secretary-No report

4. Treasurer- The expenditures are $49 over budget with today’s allocation to Teresa Jones for the fall conference in Phoenix.

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors- Gretchen Otto – November 10th was the agenda deadline for the December 1st Board of Governors meeting.

2. ABA House of Delegates- Brian Melendez
Brian’s term will expire in August, 2001. The NLS will nominate a successor in February, 2001. The MSBA Board of Governors will vote in April, 2001. Please contact Brian if you have any questions about the Report or his position.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Sonia Miller-VanOort, Gina Lombardo, Joan Schulkers, and Mark Twombly – Youth Empowerment is planned for December. Nuts and Bolts is planned for January 2001. Alternative careers seminar is planned for Spring 2001.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate – Scott Swanson – There is no Happy Hour planned for December because the RCBA holiday party is planned for December 14th from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Landmark Center. Lawsuit Day is planned.

3. 3rdth District Bar Affiliate – Karen Arthurs - Lawsuit Day and a Holiday Party are planned.

4. 11th District Affiliate – John Yost, Cameron Seybolt – The November luncheon and Happy Hour was held on November 2nd.

5. Unaffiliated Area –

Mankato Area - Stacey Edwards Jones – Mankato’s first Happy Hour is being held tonight.

St. Cloud Area - Aaron Crandall - A social is planned for the 1st week of December. Another social is being planned in January. Funding will be requested at the December 21st meeting.

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum – The committee is planning another bike ride for the convention. A table with information about life balance and stress management is also a possibility. The resource list is completed.

2. Women & the Profession – Jolie Lahlum – No report.

3. Legislative- Robert Webber. A motion to accept and present the Resolution at the Board of Governors meeting was passed.

4. Convention – Natalie Wyatt Brown- Problems have developed regarding using Como Park as the location for the Judge’s BBQ. There is $500 in the budget for the event.

5. Legal Education – Tami Schroeder

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair- Karen Arthurs.- No Report

2. Technology – Teresa Jones- No Report

3. Newsletter – Doug Debner- The newsletter was e-mailed this issue.

4. Membership/Social – Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml- Will plan pseudo-holiday at the next meeting. Plan to bring snacks or beverages.

5. Professional Development – Mark Twombly- Bridge the Gap materials will be sent out in December. Hindi Greenberg has agreed to present the alternative careers seminar.

6. "Lawsuit" Project Committee – Bee Carey. – Four counties agreed to participate. Letters are going out. Assistance would be welcome at the tables.

V. Closing Business/Announcements

VI. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 6:40.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Executive Board

MINUTES from October 26, 2000 Meeting

I. Opening Business

A. Call to Order by Chair Kerry Bundy at 5:35

B. Minutes- The minutes from September 21, 200 meeting were presented and approved.

C. Agenda

II. Old Business

National ABA/YLD Conference Reports. John Yost, Teresa Jones. - John Yost reported the ABA Young Lawyers Division conference in Phoenix had several interesting classes including "Stress Management for Young Professionals," "Dress for Success," and "Leading an Effective Meeting."

2000-2001 Budget. - The Treasurer, Christopher Kaisershot, presented the budget to the board. The budget’s resources were reduced to $13,300 from the $14,300 that was received last year. The delegate expenses were increased from $4,750 to $5,500 due to the anticipated increased expenses for the Alaska Conference. A new allocation to affiliate outreach and development was added. It will be divided between the unaffiliated and affiliated areas. This seed money is expected to encourage the formation of new affiliates in unaffiliated areas and to strengthen the Duluth and Rochester affiliates recruiting efforts. The newsletter publishing expenses are to be scaled back from $4,250 to $2,250 by going paperless with e-mail and broadcast faxes.

A motion was presented to approve the budget and it was passed.

III. New Business

A. MSBA NLS Policies/Bylaws.

A proposed new addition to the NLS policies was presented for discussion at the November 16th meeting. It would create requirements for reimbursements. The new proposed policy is as follows.

Verification. To qualify for reimbursement, each delegate must submit to the Treasurer (or, in the case of the Treasurer, to the Chair) an itemized reimbursement request with attached copies of all receipts, and an affidavit, signed and sworn by the delegate, verifying that he or she has reviewed these funding and reimbursement policies and has economized in compliance with 8 of these policies.

The delegate shall not receive any reimbursement until he or she has complied with the provisions of this paragraph.

B. Announcement of new co-chairs of Social/Membership Committee- Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml.

IV. Reports

A. Officers

1. Chair

a) Executive Committee Report. – A 2-3 year mentoring pilot program for new lawyers with solo practitioners to be created.

2. Vice Chair – No report.

3. Secretary – No report.

4. Treasurer – The regional AOP conference paid for itself with an additional surplus of $2,500 with two disbursements remaining. Any remaining surplus will be returned to the MSBA.

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors- Gretchen Otto – The Board of Governors will not be meeting again until December 1, 2000. The deadline for additions to the agenda is November 10th.

2. ABA House of Delegates- Brian Melendez
Brian’s term will expire in August, 2001. The NLS will nominate a successor in February, 2001. The MSBA Board of Governors will vote in April, 2001. Please contact Brian if you have any questions about the Report or his position.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Gina Lombardo, Joan Schulkers, and Mark Twombly - The Hennepin County Affiliate has various programming scheduled including the "Breakfast with Judges," "Youth Empowerment," "Cooks for Kids," (which has been completed) "Nuts and Bolts," and the "Alternative Careers" program.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate – Scott Swanson - The social at O’Gara’s was successful. On November 11th is a Bench & Bar fundraiser.

3. 3rd District Affiliate – Karen Arthurs – Efforts continue in recruiting, socials, and Law Day even though Law Day was not well-received last year.

11th District Affiliate – John Yost, Cameron Seybolt – There was a "Passing the Bar" Happy Hour celebration on October 9th that invited new bar admittees and was very well received. Question and answer educational opportunities are to be scheduled on Law Day at area schools.

Mankato Area Affiliate - Stacy Jones - The first Mankato Area Affiliate happy hour is scheduled November 16th. Please offer your support and welcome them by attending.

St. Cloud Area Affiliate - Aaron Crandall – Efforts are being made for the first St. Cloud Area Affiliate newsletter. Funding from the Stern’s Bench & Bar are being pursued. Linda Raver was offered as a possible lunch CLE speaker.

A motion was presented and passed to allocate $100 to the St. Cloud Area Affiliate towards expenses of their first happy hour. These expenses are for invitations, food, and related expenses but not for liquor.

Unaffiliated Area – Stacey Edwards Jones – No report.

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum – The MSBA Convention bike ride will be held in the Como Park area. The committee is also considering establishing a presence at the convention with a table or room with resources for stress management including massages.

2. Women & the Profession – Jolie Lahlum – The committee has scheduled a symposium called "Weathering the Change" that will be held on October 27, 2000 at 8:30 am. It has applied for two ethics and one elimination of bias credits. It covers the issues of changes in the legal profession and how they will affect women.

3. Legislative- Robert Webber. Discussion of next step to take in judicial salary increase effort. – No report.

4. Convention – Natalie Wyatt Brown – Gretchen Otto reported that the convention will be June 20-through the June 22, 2001. The Convention will be at the St. Paul River Centre. The Judges BBQ will be at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Ideas are needed for a big luncheon speaker.

5. Legal Education – Tami Schroeder – Tami will be unable to make the November 21, 2000 meeting and needs a NLS representative to attend.

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair- Karen Arthurs. See report regarding Mankato and St. Cloud Area Affiliates.

2. Technology – Teresa Jones – No report.

3. Newsletter – Doug Debner – No report.

4. Membership/Social – Gina Lombardo and Brenda Treml – No report.

5. Professional Development – Mark Twombly - Hindi Greenberg has been chosen as the speaker for the Alternative Careers program. Attendees will be given her book which she will charge us 10$ each. The Professional Responsibility Bar is being approached on how to get CLE credits on ethics issues. Funding issues have not been completed as of yet. The ABA , HCBA, MSBA, and has offered funding. St. Thomas has offered the Thorton Auditorium and lunch expenses. Other possible funding sources may be corporations with corporate council. If the program sells out as similar programs in the past, the ABA funding may be enough. Similar programs usually sell 100 to 200 tickets. The ticket price is projected to be $100 per head.

6. "Lawsuit" Project Committee – Bee Carey. No report.

V. Closing Business/Announcements

The issue of the funding for Teresa Jones conference expenses in Phoenix was discussed. The funding for the conference was properly marked as an issue on the September 21st agenda. The $500 allocation to Teresa was made pending nomination by the Hennepin County chair. It seems that Teresa went to Phoenix without getting nominated by the Hennepin County chair and Hennepin County is concerned that their priority standing for future funding be preserved.

There was a motion presented to approve Teresa’s funding for the fall conference in Phoenix while preserving Hennepin County Affiliate’s priority standing for future funding allocations.

A second motion was presented to table the previous motion until next month when hopefully Teresa will be present to speak on her behalf. There was a division called and the vote on the motion to table was passed on a 5 to 4 vote.

VI. Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at 6:50.

 

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Executive Board

SEPTEMBER MINUTES

MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Second Regular Meeting
Thursday, September 21, 2000
5:30 p.m.

I. Opening Business

A. Call to Order

Mark Anderson
Karen Arthurs
Kerry Bundy
Doug Debner
Teresa Jones
Christopher Kaisershot
Jolie Lahlum
Gretchen Otto
Tami Schroeder
Joan Schulkers
John Yost
Betsy Keyes

B. Minutes

The minutes were presented and approved. The minutes were not distributed to the remote members who were present by conference call. This was inadvertent and will be resolved before the next meeting.

C. Agenda

II. Old Business

A. Updated Report by Legislative Coordinator, Robert Webber. Vote on supporting lobbying for 10% judicial salary increase.

Bob presented a letter proposing judicial clerk salary recommendations. This letter would be sent to key decision makers and would be signed by Kerry Bundy representing the NLS (New Lawyers Section).

General Discussion of the Board: The annual rate of pay besides the hourly rate should be discussed. The clerks are paid by salary and any excess hours are not compensated which exacerbates the low wage problem. There is a dichotomy between judges and clerks salaries. If judges get a raise, there is less money leftover to give the clerks a raise. There is not a separate line item on the budget for each expense. Court reporters make much more money than the clerks do. Additionally, the court reporters will be unionizing which will improve their bargaining power. The NLS should approve the substance of the letter. We will allow Kerry to adjust the letter before sending since it has her name on it. She promises that she will be assertive yet pleasant. The proposal to have Kerry amend, sign, and send this letter was moved, seconded, and passed. It was suggested that the letter should be submitted to the Bench and Bar. An article for Hearsay should also be submitted. It could be titled, "Would you like fries with your summary judgment?" It would be great to have a photograph of a law clerk in line for welfare benefits.

B. Thank you to executive committee members for AOP participation.

III. New Business

A. 2000-2001 Budget.

The budget is still being worked on. The final AOP expense totals are not yet known. Should know by next week. The origin of a $1000 check that was deposited is unknown. We were expecting a $1000 check from West Group and the Affiliates. It could be from one of them.

B. MSBA Section/Committee Liaison Appointments.

The appointments will be announced at the next meeting.

C National AOP Conference – Scottsdale, Arizona, October 19-21st.

Are there any nominations for the conference?

General Discussion of the Board: Gretchen is going and is funded elsewhere. There is no budget yet. There should not be shortage due to the AOP expenses. The AOP is mostly paid by sponsors and attendees. We have close to $10,000 in revenue. We will not need to touch the general fund. The NLS annual funding as reduced from $14,700 to $13,000. Some board members have not gone to a conference for years. John should be at head of list. Hennepin Affiliate is sending 4 people. John Yost wants funding. NLS policy allows a maximum of $1000 for a conference trip and requires a shared room. John can share a room with Cameron. A motion to send John Yost is seconded and passed. It is questioned that a $1000 is too much money and that John should be limited to $500. John will not be limited, but John says that he will not be spending that much. Theresa Jones expressed interest in going. It was moved that Theresa should be get $500 preliminary approval pending nomination by Hennepin Cty Director. It was seconded and passed.

D. Appointments. Positions still available: (1) Membership/Social Director; (2) liaison positions for several MSBA committees, including, but not limited to: community outreach, diversity, governance and finance.

E. Board of Directors vacancy for University of Minnesota Student Legal Services.

If anyone is interested call 336-3350 for more information.

IV. Reports

A. Officers

1. Chair

a) Executive Committee Report.

Governor Ventura has proposed a sales tax on services. If this grows legs we should create a sub-committee to study the impact of this on the legal profession and lobby to protect legal profession’s interests.

b) 2000-2001 meeting schedule.
This will be posted on the NLS website by Scott Swanson.

c) Officer Contact List.
This will be posted on the NLS website by Scott Swanson.

d) MSBA NLS Goals for 2000-2001.

1. Improve NLS presence in the MSBA and ABA/YLD.
2. Strengthen membership in local affiliates and MSBA NLS Section.
3. Continue to improve communications.
4. Increase participation in community outreach.

2. Vice Chair
No report

3. Secretary
No report

4. Treasurer
No report

B. Delegates and Representatives

1. MSBA Board of Governors- Gretchen Otto
We were able to get budget approval of last years off-budget expenditure without a problem.

2. ABA House of Delegates- Brian Melendez
House of Delegates report available. Brian’s term will expire in August, 2001. The NLS will nominate a successor in February, 2001. The MSBA Board of Governors will vote in April, 2001. Please contact Brian if you have any questions about the Report or his position.

C. Section Director Reports

1. Hennepin County Affiliate - Sonia Miller-VanOort, Gina Lombardo, Joan Schulkers, and Mark Twombly

They are funding four people to the Arizona conference. Working on the Alternative Careers seminar. Endorsements at the AOP were successful. They are trying to get the section together regarding "Nuts and Bolts" CLE. Jennifer organizing "Cooks for Kids" on Weds Oct 4th . All are welcome to come and serve families at the Ronald McDonalds House.

Wed., Oct. 4 - HCBA/NLS "Cooks for Kids" @ Ronald McDonalds House.
Tues., Oct. 17 - MSBA Legal Education and Bar Admissions Meeting.
Thurs., Oct. 26 - Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) Rosalie Wahl Leadership. Lecture and Silent Auction, starts at 5:30 p.m.

2. Ramsey County Affiliate – Scott Swanson
Come to the "Get Out the Vote" on the October 12th at 7:00 P.M. at O’Gara’s.

We are asking for financial assistance. Last year NLS donated approximately $500 for the "Get Out the Vote" postage bill! It was moved, seconded and passed to donate $750 again this year. "Get Out the Vote" was the second most attended event of the year last year.

3. 3rdth District Bar Affiliate – Karen Arthurs
The next meeting will be Sept 27th. They are getting recognition. They are involved in habitat for humanity, liaison, event to schools.

4. 11th District Affiliate – John Yost, Cameron Seybolt
Their monthly luncheon is very successful. It is an informal lunch and social event. The happy hours are also successful.

5. Unaffiliated Area – Stacey Edwards Jones
No Report

D. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the General Bar

1. Life and the Law – Jolie Lahlum
No Report

2. Women & the Legal Profession – Jolie Lahlum
The "Weathering Change" symposium is scheduled for October 27th. It should be very exciting. There is new material form the SAGE project and national surveys.

3. Legislative- Robert Webber
See above - Old Business, A.

4. Convention – Natalie Wyatt Brown
Gretchen suggested that Natalie may not wish to be on the Convention committee because she is not on the Senior Convention Committee. It may be too many different meetings for her to attend. We will check with Natalie regarding her wishes.

5. Legal Education Committee - Tami Schroeder
The MSBA Legal Education and Bar Admissions Committee needs to have the support of more new lawyers. They have a survey detailing concerns about the competence of new lawyers. They are involved in discussing the movement to raise the passing bar scores. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 17th at Noon. If interested, contact Mary Grau (612)333-1183.

E. New Lawyers Section Committees

1. Affiliate Outreach Chair- Karen Arthurs
2. Technology – Teresa Jones
Our webpage needs to be updated.
3. Newsletter – Doug Debner
Doug will be preparing the Calendar of Events. Gets any pertinent dates to him. We should post the letter from Tami. Submit stuff to him for get out the vote. Deadline is Sept 27th for submissions.
4. Membership/Social – TBD
5. Professional Development – Mark Twombly
6. "Lawsuit" Project Committee – Bee Carey
Meeting on Thursday. The middle of December is the target date for the 3-day event.

V. Closing Business/Announcements

VI. Adjournment

 

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Council Minutes
Ninth Regular Meeting, Friday, June 23, 2000 10:30A.M.-11:30 A.M.
Harbor Room, #415, Holiday Inn, Duluth
I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order
Roll Call

Council members and reporting board members and others present

Natalie Wyatt Brown
Kerry Bundy
Jill Eichenwald
Steve Finley
Stacey Jones
Christopher Kaisershot
Jolie Lahlum
Eric Larson
Brian Melendez
Thomas Montgomery
Gretchen Otto
Tami Schroeder
John Speakman
John Yost

B. Minutes to be posted on the minutes websites please amend there
C. Agenda

II. Business
A. Calendar
1. Future Meeting Schedule
2. ABA/YLD Annual Meeting- New York City, July 6-10, 2000
3. 21st District ( Anoka, Washington County ) affiliate organizational meeting-June 29, 2000

III. Reports
A. Officers
1. Chair
a) Executive Committee Report
Impact funding is over-stretched.
AOP funding may not be available.
Possible funding sources are:
Esquire group hospitality suite
Lexis
West
Report on raising the passing score for the bar is completed and available
2. Vice Chair- not here
3. Secretary-not here
4. Treasurer- no money, $200-300 left
We will know at end of month.
Any extra money will go to AOP expenses.
Newsletter on gloss paper was 3 times more expensive than previous newsletters and was unexpected
3 newsletters sent this year
We will due budget analysis on newsletters for next year's budget.
B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
2. ABA House of Delegates-Brian Melendez
a) see web site: http://www.abanet.org/leadership/journal/2000dailyjournal.html
Issues being considered:
law school accreditation
MDP
Law exam scores
UN treaty for children
Political party endorsement
Substitute MDP proposal
3. YLD District Representative-Elizabeth Wolf
C. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the Senior Bar
1. Legislative-Robert Webber, Tiffany Eggers

Created 6-point plan of action with respect to increasing judicial law clerk salaries.
1.We should get the MSBA executive committees blessing.
2. Draft letter recommending to the Judiciary that it include a salary increase in its budget before the 2000-2001 legislature
3. Comment and vote on the letter at the July meeting
4. Send draft of letter to Sue Dorsal, who oversees the budget at the Supreme Court, for comments. Prepare official NLS letter.
5. Send official letter to Blatz, Toussaint, and Metzen, who are the three judges overseeing the court's budget.
6. Lobby the Judiciary and the Legislature on the issue.

2.Convention ( Senior Bar)-Jill Eichenwald no numbers
3. Membership-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
4. Life and the Law-Kristen Anderson
5. Multidisciplinary practice-Robert Webber
6. MWL-Tami Schroeder
We restructured dues similar to other affiliation dues.
The annual meeting in April well attended.
We will plan activities a year in advance.
7. Women in the Legal Profession-Jolie Lahlum
We are planning a symposium regarding the new changes in the legal profession.
D. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach-Karen Arthurs, Chair
a) Newsletter-Teresa Jones
b) Hennepin Affiliate report-Sonia Miller Van Oort
The $12 Saints game is on.
We have been involved in community outreach projects such as the Ronald McDonald House and the YES Project.
There are two delegates going to New York to support Brian Melendez
c) Ramsey Affiliate report-Mark L Anderson
New officers were elected
Mike and Scott switched chair and vice chair
We plan to go to convention committee planning meeting
We won our softball game
d) 11th District Affiliate report ( Duluth)-John Yost, Cameron Seybolt
We had our monthly lunch on June 2
We won our volley ball game
e) 3rd Judicial District Affiliate report (Rochester)-Karen Sullivan Hook
f) Unaffiliated area report-Chris Carpenter
1) St. Cloud Area Affiliate?
2) Mankato Area Affiliate-Chris Carpenter
3) 21st District (Anoka, Washington County) Affiliate-Jolie Lahlum
The inaugural meeting is scheduled on June 29th.
2. Technology-Gretchen Otto, Webmaster
3. Midwest Regional AOP 2000-Kerry Bundy and Gretchen Otto, Co-Chairs

AOP:
Simonett is speaker
Brochures are done
Programming is excellent
Funding is a problem

4. Membership/Social-Gina Lombardo, Chair
a) Law Student reception update
There were no law student receptions this year!
5. Professional Development-Christopher Kaisershot, Chair
a) New Lawyers directory
We arranged to dump in all our names to New Lawyers directory
It would cost money to post practice areas
Esquire group may help us with web site
b) Legal recruiters/Job announcements (Gretchen Otto)
There are legal recruiters here at the convention
6."Law Suit" Project Committee-Kerry Bundy, Chair
7. "Coming of Age" Project-Jill Eichenwald, Tami Schroeder
Jill and Tami consulted and agreed to kill the project and return the money
8. Ad Hoc Committee report on bar passage score activities
We have acquired major material on issue a (a trunk full)
The minority bar will take the lead on this issue.
It will be voted on at the convention.

IV. New Business
A. Officer Elections Results:
Kerry Bundy-Chair
Mark Anderson-Vice Chair
Christopher Kaisershot-Treasurer
Jolie Lahlum-Secretary-voted unanimously
Stacey Edwards Jones- Director for the unaffiliated areas
B. Convention expenses
Due June 30th
C. Regional AOP expenses
Due June 30th
We will try to get budget finalized by Weds in order to determine if any AOP funds will be available
We will call Tim to get estimate.
Guest Speaker:
John Speakman from the Life and the Law Committee spoke advocating the committee's issues and services. The Life and the Law Committee works on issues which affect all attorneys. It focuses on issues such as how depression and chemical dependency affects the life and performance of attorneys and suicide prevention. There are new programs being added. He is offering to create joint sponsorship of programs with New Lawyers for new programs. He has invited Gretchen or others to come and speak to recovery meetings.

V. Closing Business
A. Previous Notice
B. Announcements
C. Future Meetings
New chair will distribute
D. Adjournment

MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Executive Board

Eighth Regular Meeting Briggs and Morgan
Thursday, April 20, 2000 2400 IDS Center
5 p.m. Minneapolis

I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call

Council Members and reporting Board Members: Others Present:

Kristen Anderson
Elizabeth Keyes x
Mark L. Anderson
Jolie Lahlum x
Karen Arthurs x (by phone)
Natalie Wyatt Brown
Kerry Bundy x
Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
Wendy Citron x
Jill Eichenwald
Amanda Holland
Karen Sullivan Hook
Teresa Jones
Christopher Kaisershot x
Gina Lombardo
Brian Melendez
Gretchen Otto x
Darrin Rosha
Tami Schroeder
Scott Swanson
Sonia Miller Van Oort
Robert Webber
Elizabeth L. Wolf
John Yost x (by phone)

C. Minutes - amend the minutes to add Kerry Bundy as an attendee. Minutes approved without a reading.
D. Agenda

II. Business
A. Calendar
1. Future Meeting Schedule (see also closing business)
2. ABA/YLD AOP---Washington, D.C., May 10-13, 2000
3. MSBA Annual Convention---Duluth, MN, June 21-23, 2000 Gretchen reported $100 charge for new lawyers. Circulated brochures to be mailed shortly. Internet registrations are available.
B. Special Orders
C. Unfinished Business and General Orders
1. Unfinished Business
2. General Orders
a) Corrections
b) Filling Vacancies
(1) MSBA Section/Committee Liaisons:
(ii) Professionalism-vacant
(iii) Women in the Profession - Jolie Lahlum. Jolie was approved as the liaison and is now a member of the council.
(iv) others?
c) Annual Planning
(1) Budget
III. Reports

A. Officers
1. Chair
a) Executive Committee Report
2. Vice Chair
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer - direct expenses of $29.67 last month and current balance of $9,533. This report was approved subject to audit.

B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors--- Gretchen Otto for Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy. Gretchen reported that there was controversy over her motion to oppose raising the bar exam passing score based on disparate impact on minorities. Forming an ad hoc committee to look into this issue with Dannia Edwards. The issue will be revisited next meeting, as a stay on the motion was granted. Karen Arthurs volunteered to be on the committee (or found a delegate there as well).
2. ABA House of Delegates---Brian Melendez - see ABA internet site for more information.
a. See web site: http://www.abanet.org/leadership/journal/2000dailyjournal.html
3. YLD District Representative---Elizabeth Wolf - contact Liz for more information about May activities in Washington D.C.

C. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the Senior Bar
1. Legislative---Robert Webber, Tiffany Eggers
a. Bob Webber still on hold with the clerk salary issue. Probably discuss it with Lloyd Grooms, MSBA lobbyist, in May.
2. Convention (Senior Bar)-Jill Eichenwald - handed out advance copies of the brochures. June 21-23. Holiday Inn in Duluth reserved for New Lawyers. There will be a hospitality suite, for which Gretchen is searching for funding.
3. Membership-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
4. Life and the Law-Kristen Anderson
5. Multidisciplinary practice-Robert Webber
a. It appears that the MDP Task Force will recommend MDPs, provided that the entity is controlled by an attorney-majority. Bob Webber voted against this and will be part of a minority opinion (along with a few others, including Lowell Noteboom and Sen. Ember Reichgott-Junge). Bob thinks it looks really bad for us to say that MDPs are okay for us, but no one else.
b. Should create for some interesting discussion in Duluth nonetheless.
6. MWL--- Tami Schroeder - annual meeting May 11th with Marian Wright Edelman.

D. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach---Karen Arthurs, Chair
a) Newsletter-Teresa Jones - no report from Teresa. A deadline recently passed, but very few articles were received (none from Hennepin). Contact Teresa ASAP if you have anything to submit.
b) Hennepin affiliate report---Sonia Miller Van Oort - nominating committee just met. Youth Empowerment Summit May 12th (race & dating and violence will be topics)
c) Ramsey affiliate report---Mark L. Anderson - in search of women softball players for the RCBA team. Most recent happy hour, special guest Ed Cleary. The location moved to O'Gara's. Elections May 11th prior to the meeting, with special guest Michael Burke will speak about Families First.
d) 11th District affiliate report---John Yost, Cameron Seybolt - John and the convention committee is planning a taxi shuttle service, door prizes for 80s trivia. The party will be held Thursday night with an 80s theme. For the Judge's grill out, planning a fishing theme. Jill's St. Patrick's Day was a success. Assembling a group of young professionals to discuss retention of young professionals in the Duluth area. Happy Hour on April 13.
e) 3rd Judicial District affiliate report ---Karen Sullivan Hook - things going well. Meeting monthly, planning a BBQ and looking forward to the convention.
f) Unaffiliated area report ---Chris Carpenter
(1) St. Cloud affiliate?
(2) Mankato area-Chris Carpenter
2. Convention (New Lawyer Mini Convention)---Jill Eichenwald, Chair
3. Technology---Gretchen Otto, Webmaster - a few new articles added to the site. The ListServ is getting more enrollees. Betsy featured our website in her meeting to show personalization progress.
4. Midwest Regional AOP 2000----Kerry Bundy and Gretchen Otto, Co-Chairs - meeting just held. Programming issues close to resolution.
5. Membership/ Social---Gina Lombardo, Chair
a) Law Student reception update - should be coming up shortly, so watch for notices.
6. Professional Development---Christopher Kaisershot, Chair
a) New Lawyers Directory - looking into a check box to be on the website directory for new lawyers listing your practice area. To be discussed at the next meeting after discussing ability to input the information and search functions available. Betsy suggested hiring a law student to enter information or to link to Esquire Group so that they would provide support to the site.
b) Legal Recruiters/ Job announcements (Gretchen) - Gretchen sent out two over the internet last month. Esquire Group has a lot of jobs on its website.
7. "Law Suit" Project Committee-Kerry Bundy, Chair - still on track for it to take place in September.
8. "Coming of Age" project----Jill Eichenwald, Tami Schroeder - Gretchen has a check for $2,000, but neither chair is here to report as to the status of the project. This will be on the agenda for next month, as there was concern as to whether the money will need to be returned if the project is not moving forward appropriately. Christopher was concerned from the perspective of the subgrant committee and whether this was setting bad precedent for MSBA NLS receiving grant money.
9. Jeremiah House project---Liz Wolf

IV. New Business
A. Board of Governor's Resolution---Raising Passing Score of Bar Exam
B. Nominating Committee report - chair Kerry Bundy, Mark Anderson for vice chair, Christopher Kaisershot for Treasurer, and secretary Pat Martin (preliminarily). Please let Gretchen know if you know of anyone else interested, and submit a short interest statement.
C. Pro Se Implementation Committee - new rules for pro se litigants, would like a new lawyers committee member (a good opportunity to meet influential judges).
D. Awards of Achievement - application forms received for submittal. Rochester Art Fair or Hennepin - submit proposals if anyone is interested.
E. Governor's Volunteer Award - nominate a person or activity for "acts of kindness." Open to citizens generally, but it would be nice if a group of young lawyers could win this award.
F. Host attorney program
a. Bob Webber asks that we please ask the attorneys present at the April 20 meeting if any of them (or their employers) would be willing to mentor an attorney from the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. The attorney will be in Minneapolis during June as part of an exchange program through CONNECT US-Russia, a local non-profit. The Moldovan attorney does NOT need to be paid but would like to "intern" for as little as three days or up to two weeks at a local firm, government office, or corporate legal department. [Three days following a PD in court would be ideal.] Anyone with a remote interest in this should contact Bob. So far no-one has stepped up to the plate.

V. Closing Business
A. Previous Notice
B. Announcements
C. Future Meetings
1. Council: Thursday, May 18, 2000, 5:00 p.m. (TBA). Last regular meeting of the year. Location TBA (most likely MSBA offices).
2. Executive Board: Friday, June 23, 2000, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Harbor Room #415
Holiday Inn, Duluth, Minnesota-Annual MSBA Convention
D. Adjournment - Meeting adjourned at 5:45.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Executive Board

Seventh Regular Meeting
Office of the Sixth Judicial District Public Defender
Saturday, March 18, 2000
1400 Alworth Building, 306 W. Superior Street
noon (218) 733-1027
Duluth, Minnesota
Minutes

Members present: Otto, Eichenwald, Raplinger, Yost, Seybolt, Kaisershot. By phone: Wolf, Citron, Arthurs, Lombardo, Schroeder

I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order
B. Minutes
C. Agenda

II. Business
A. Calendar
1. Future Meeting Schedule (see also closing business)
B. Special Orders
C. Unfinished Business and General Orders
1. Unfinished Business
2. General Orders
a) Corrections
b) Filling Vacancies
(1) MSBA Section/Committee Liaisons:
(ii) Professionalism--vacant
(iii) others?
c) Annual Planning
(1) Budget
III. Reports

A. Officers
1. Chair
a) Executive Committee Report
2. Vice Chair
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer

B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors---Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
No report
2. ABA House of Delegates---Brian Melendez
a. See web site: http://www.abanet.org/leadership/journal/2000dailyjournal.html
3. YLD District Representative---Elizabeth Wolf
Report that Affiliate Outreach Project forthcoming in Washington DC. See Liz Wolf with questions.

C. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the Senior Bar
1. Legislative---Robert Webber, Tiffany Eggers
Legislation: Nothing happening. Bob will be following up with Lloyd Grooms and
Court Administrators in May.
2. Convention (Senior Bar)-Jill Eichenwald
2. Membership-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
Report of the Membership Committee
1. Membership
-The Deans of the Law Schools met with MSBA (Tim Groshens, I believe), to talk about ways the MSBA can help law students transition into the practice of law. There is a proposal to create a task force to discuss what the MSBA can do to assist that effort. Of importance to NLS:
a. I requested that the Task Force NOT make one of the missions or the focus to be on the ethics of new lawyers.
b. I think that a member of NLS should be on the task force.
2. Student Subcommittee of Membership Committee
a. Sent letters to section chairs to work jointly on programs designated to help get law students involved in MSBA (increase involvement, networking, getting resume building experience, etc.) The response so far has been very good.
b. Continue to work with NLS, especially on socials to include law students
c. listserv has been established for law students.

4. Life and the Law-Kristen Anderson
No report
5. Multidisciplinary practice-Robert Webber
MDPs: The MSBA MDP task force had a very rousing meeting on Saturday, March
4, and very surprisingly, a majority of the task force present voted to
relax/amend Rule 5.4 AND permit attorneys to share fees with non-attorneys.
If this recommendation goes to the Bar at the June Convention, it will be
really radical and perhaps without precedent in the nation. In other MDP news, Bob will be speaking at a lunch CLE on March 21. The CLE is sponsored by HCBA Professionalism Committee. Everyone, please come.
6. MWL--- Tami Schroeder
Joint dinner sponsored this Thursday. Please see Tami for information on this or to join in conjunction with their new membership campaign.

D. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach---Karen Arthurs, Chair
a) Newsletter-Teresa Jones
No report
b) Hennepin affiliate report---Sonia Miller Van Oort
C. Kaisershot reported that Hennepin will drop its affiliation with National Practice Institute for the "Nuts and Bolts" series.
c) Ramsey affiliate report---Mark L. Anderson
Wendy Citron reported that the Section will undergo a name change to "New Lawyers Committee" at request of the executive committee. The next activity will be April 13, 2000 at O'Gara's featuring special guest Ed Cleary. Officer Elections to take place before the May 11, 2000 meeting.
d) 11th District affiliate report---John Yost, Cameron Seybolt
New Lawyers annual St. Patrick's Day party tonight at the home of Jill Eichenwald. Happy hours continue every other Thursday. See Cameron for details.
e) 3rd Judicial District affiliate report ---Karen Sullivan Hook
Karen Arthurs reports great turnout for local judges meeting. The affiliate is also gearing up for ABA Law Week with an "art week" at the schools. Has plans for a "re survey" of new lawyers in the area to determine if the new affiliate is meeting their needs.
f) Unaffiliated area report ---Chris Carpenter
(1) St. Cloud affiliate?
(2) Mankato area-Chris Carpenter
2. Convention (New Lawyer Mini Convention)---Jill Eichenwald, Chair
At the request of Chair Eichenwald, $1250 in expenses was approved for the annual convention. Planning continues to go well. PLEASE encourage all members to come.
3. Technology---Gretchen Otto, Webmaster
Please check out new material on the web site.
4. Midwest Regional AOP 2000----Kerry Bundy and Gretchen Otto, Co-Chairs
At Gina Lombardo's request. $100 was approved for a deposit on the Dakota Bar and Grill for the Midwest Regional AOP. Vote was unamoius.
5. Membership/ Social---Gina Lombardo, Chair
a) Hennepin Co-sponsored Social --- Report on February 24th, City Billiards
b) Law Student reception update
6. Professional Development---Christopher Kaisershot, Chair
a) New Lawyers Directory
Gretchen reports that the newsletter will solicit information for inclusion onto our all new directory on our web site.
b) Legal Recruiters/ Job announcements (Gretchen)
Gretchen reports no new job announcements at this time. Keep subscribed to the listserv for further job opportunities.
7. "Law Suit" Project Committee-Kerry Bundy, Chair
No report
8. "Coming of Age" project----Jill Eichenwald, Tami Schroeder
9. Jeremiah House project---Liz Wolf

IV. New Business
A. MSBA Professionalism Committee request
Professionalism committee interested in hearing about what kinds of ethical lissues new lawyers face when asked to do tasks by more senior attorneys. The group felt that newer attorneys MAY respond to a survey or fax poll in the Bench and Bar IF it was anonymous. The group agreed that members of the Professionalism Committee would be welcome to attend one of our meetings.
B. Funding for Washington DC AOP event (ABA/YLD)
Funding was approved for the following delegates to the ABA/YLD AOP in Washington DC in May:
Ramsey-Brian Mak
Unaffiliated Area----Liz Wolf (partial)
Hennepin----Gina Lombardo (partial)
Liz Wolf abstained form the voting. Gina Lombardo was not present for the vote.
C. Board of Governors Appointment
In the absence of other volunteers, this position succeeds to the outgoing Chair as per the bylaws. It was affirmed by unanimous vote.
D. Nominating Committee report
They are still at work. Will have the slate by the May meeting.
E. Appointment to outside boards
Members encouraged to apply for these positions which will be voted on April 15, 2000 by the Board of Governors. MSBA web site lists available positions, and has qualification and interest statements.

V. Closing Business
A. Previous Notice
B. Announcements
C. Future Meetings
1. Executive Board: Thursday, April 20, 2000 5:30 p.m. (TBA)
2. Council: Thursday, May 18, 2000, (TBA)
D. Adjournment


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
Executive Board

Sixth Regular Meeting HCBA Offices
Thursday, February 17, 2000 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390
5:30 p.m. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Agenda
I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call

Board Members and reporting Council Others Present:
Members and Committee Chairs:

Kristen Anderson Elizabeth Keyes x
Mark L. Anderson Karen Arthurs x (by phone)
Natalie Wyatt Brown
Kerry Bundy
Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
Wendy Citron x
Jill Eichenwald x
Amanda Holland
Karen Sullivan Hook
Teresa Jones x
Christopher Kaisershot
Gina Lombardo
Brian Melendez
Gretchen Otto x
Darrin Rosha
Tami Schroeder x
Scott Swanson
Sonia Miller Van Oort x
Robert Webber
Elizabeth L. Wolf x
John Yost

C. Minutes
D. Agenda

II. Business
A. Calendar
1. Future Meeting Schedule (see also closing business)
B. Special Orders
C. Unfinished Business and General Orders
1. Unfinished Business
2. General Orders
a) Corrections
b) Filling Vacancies
(1) MSBA Section/Committee Liaisons:
(ii) Professionalism--vacant
(iii) others?
(iv) Unaffiliated area - Chris Carpenter from Mankato, was appointed by the meeting.
c) Annual Planning
(1) Budget - non-budget year, nothing further.
III. Reports

A. Officers
1. Chair
a) Executive Committee Report. Met last Tuesday, nothing adverse to new lawyers was mentioned.
2. Vice Chair
3. Secretary open position for June. Let us know of anyone interested for June and 2000-2001 year.
4. Treasurer - $1,308 ahead of budget for this year. Gretchen is not submitting expenses from Dallas because she got executive committee senior bar funding. This projection did not include the newsletter expenses.

B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors---Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy - see Gretchen for any details from last meeting.
2. ABA House of Delegates---Brian Melendez - will report at next meeting.
3. YLD District Representative---Elizabeth Wolf - voted down "Pay to Play" resolution, but was passed by senior bar over this objection. Recommended this fall for PR guidelines inclusion. Reach Brian Melendez if interested in an appointment, deadline in March for resolutions and appointments. Liz' report will come out next week, contact if interested.

C. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the Senior Bar
1. Legislative---Robert Webber, Tiffany Eggers. Report filed by Bob prior to the meeting. Legislation: Lloyd Grooms talked to the Courts Administrator about clerks salaries. It is generally agreed that we need to work with the Courts Budget as it is unlikely there would be a separate bill/law on clerks' salaries. Thus, there will probably be a double level of advocacy: First we must convince the Courts Administrator that this a priority; second, we must convince the legislature. I think our goal should be to make raises a regular thing for clerks, like normal jobs (!!). Lloyd and I will follow-up with the courts budgeting process after Session ends in May. No work will occur for March and April. Please let NLS members know that as the NLS Legislative Coordinator I receive periodic e-mails on developments at the legislature, including bills being introduced. If anyone would like these e-mails forwarded to them, he/she should let me know.
2. Convention (Senior Bar)-Jill Eichenwald. Committee meeting earlier this month. Not much decided that impacts new lawyer portion of the convention. US Magistrates meeting in Duluth at the same time, a possibility to meet with them at the new lawyers welcoming event while they are in town. New lawyers meeting Feb. 24th, contact Jill to meet by phone or in Duluth, to plan new lawyers events. Social event after Presidents' event needs to be planned, no contacts yet with Esquire Group, who co-sponsored last years event. Retro-80s DJ proposed, with big hair. Discussion as to funding and our ability to control / influence programming.
3. Membership-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
4. Life and the Law-Kristen Anderson
5. Multidisciplinary practice-Robert Webber - Report submitted prior to the meeting. MDPs: The MSBA Task Force on MDPs is taking testimony this month. We in the Current Practices Sub-Committee are hearing from Keith Halleland, whose firm has a health care consulting affiliate. We are also hearing from John James, who works for an accounting firm (I think). Also, with much 'to-do', I believe there will be an MDP article in the next Hearsay. Jill reported that there will be a meeting on the topic at the annual meeting and will be a topic in the General Session. Betsy reported that the estate planning section is producing an interactive session March 29th on MDP, and recommended that we look into the technology available.
6. MWL--- Tami Schroeder - board meeting last meeting, March 9th public hearing about raising the passing bar score in Minnesota. Joint dinner March 23rd for MWL and 10 other female groups from various professions. Contact Tami for more information and for an invite.
7. Women in the Profession-Kimberly Holm

D. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach---Karen Arthurs, Chair - Chris Carpenter named as Outstate Director.
a) Newsletter-Teresa Jones - Feb. issue finally in the mail going out to 2,000 people. Discussion as to resolution of past funding issues. New copies needed to be printed, which delayed mailing, but some have arrived already. Next issue projected date, depends upon funding availability. Teresa thinks it would cost about $1,000, tentatively to be distributed in April. NLS voted for an opt out for issues, but question as to whether this was allowed by the staff. Large article about Brian Melendez.
b) Hennepin affiliate report---Sonia Miller Van Oort - next meeting March 23rd, 7:30 am, next meeting March 8 at noon at HCBA offices, regular happy hours.
c) Ramsey affiliate report---Mark L. Anderson report filed in his absence and supplemental reporting by Wendy Citron:
Wendy Citron can fill you in on the recent happy hour with Tim Penny (I counted 26 heads). Also, Mike Ciresi is slated to be our special guest in March. Ed Cleary is tentatively scheduled to be our April special guest. Also, we have submitted our proposal for the RCBA Judicial Ride Along program to Judge Cohen. I spoke to him recently. He passed our proposal along to the rest of the Judges at their last meeting, and they have appointed a coordinator to work with us to set up the program. I expect to be meeting with Judge Cohen, Phyllis Karasov, and the coordinator sometime in the next couple of weeks. I will give an update at next months meeting. Sorry I can't attend. Send my regards to the rest of the group.
d) 11th District affiliate report---John Yost, Cameron Seybolt - John preparing to take the bar exam. March 2nd meeting in Duluth, weekly happy hours at Old Chicago on Friday afternoons. St. Pat's party 6:00 March 18th at Liz' house. Meeting on Saturday, March 18th may be at 11am instead of noon so that others can attend by telephone. Talk to Gretchen if you're interested in attending and carpooling / room sharing. Call and book a room if you're not interested in sleeping on Liz' floor.
e) 3rd Judicial District affiliate report ---Karen Sullivan Hook - still meeting every month. New judges meeting on 2nd Thursday in March for lunch. ABA judicial clerkship survey, sounds like it may be a legislative issue.
f) Unaffiliated area report ---Karen Arthurs - Gretchen will call Chris to gauge the interest in Mankato. Chris may recruit someone to replace him for next year when he will become a senior bar official for his area.
(1) St. Cloud affiliate?
(2) Mankato area?
2. Convention (New Lawyer Mini Convention)---Jill Eichenwald, Chair - looking into financial strategies for new lawyers to pay off debt as topic for mini convention. Traditionally held Thursday afternoon, proposing to change on Friday morning as a shorter session so no-one will need to choose between the mini session and the MDP plenary session on Thursday afternoon. Early morning meeting may have poor attendance due to prior night social.
3. Technology---Gretchen Otto, Webmaster - we should get pictures of new lawyers onto the website, having fun and new lawyer events.
4. Midwest Regional AOP 2000----Kerry Bundy and Gretchen Otto, Co-Chairs - fund raising is a problem, so applying for impact funding in July. Looking into a Friday night social event, possibly at Nicollet Island. Gretchen, - head of fundraising, Gina - social, Christopher - programming.
5. Membership/ Social---Gina Lombardo, Chair
a) Hennepin Co-sponsored Social --- February 24th, City Billiards -
b) Law Student reception update
6. Professional Development---Christopher Kaisershot, Chair
a) New Lawyers Directory - discussion about putting names and information in the web for directory, possible in next newsletter also. Betsy recommended that we look at the Employment Law webpage to see an example of a searchable directory, which would be cheaper and more current than a printed directory.
b) Legal Recruiters/ Job announcements (Gretchen) - Teresa has taken a new job at a firm in the Pillsbury center.
7. "Law Suit" Project Committee-Kerry Bundy, Chair

IV. New Business
A. The State of Minnesota seeks comment on raising the passing score on the bar exam - 200 point scale with both portions weighted with more emphasis on the essays, less ability to pass the bar passed only on the multiple choice exam scores. Impact of 4th law school on the MN law market for new lawyers, and whether these are related issues. If we want to take a position, need to do so before March 9th comments period expires. We voted not to take a position as a section without more information about whether it would have an impact on various groups. Anyone who wishes to take an individual position is free to do so on their own.
B. ABA Business Law Section Career Forum, March 23-26, 2000 - Business Law Section March 23-26 forum in Columbus Ohio, contact Gretchen for more information.
C. ABA German exchange attorney program - anyone interested contact Gretchen regarding 8 month seminar in Germany. Need some proficiency in German, will pay a stipend.
D. ABA's Law Week 2000 (Week of May 1, 2000) - New booklet by ABA to promote Law Week related projects. Student writing contests, etc. were discussed as ideas for affiliates to sponsor. Anyone interested in coordinating a new lawyers project for MSBA should contact Gretchen, who will have more information at the next meeting.
E. Jeremiah House seeks volunteers - shelter dinner possibility, could be sponsored by an affiliate. Located in Hennepin County for battered women and their children. We could do this as a Section, Liz will contact for more information. Public law section sponsors similar programs.
F. Coming of Age - We were awarded a subgrant for the ABA for the project, and then found out there was duplication with the HCBA "Legal Stuff" booklet. Possible expansion to other affiliates for use in the grant. Report at the next meeting.
G. Board of Governors representative - Gretchen stated that it should be some other person besides the Chair, possibly the Vice-Chair, so that someone else gains some experience, as the Chair is on the executive committee. Past chairs have dropped out of the section, so someone else may be on the way into leadership should be chosen for the 1 year session. Gretchen proposes a change in the by-laws to eliminate the presumption for the outgoing Chair. Will need to designate a person by April 1st.
H. Nominating Committee - Gretchen will chair, Jill Karen and Sonia will be on the committee.

V. Closing Business
A. Previous Notice
B. Announcements
C. Future Meetings
1. Council: Saturday, March 18, 2000, noon in Duluth (location TBA)
2. Executive Board: Thursday, April 20, 2000 5:00 p.m. (Briggs & Morgan office / IDS 24th floor, baby shower to follow for anyone interested, not required at all)
D. Adjournment


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION COUNCIL

Fourth Regular Meeting
MSBA Offices
Thursday, December 16, 1999
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
5:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call

Board Members: Others Present:

Karen Arthurs x via phone Teresa Jones x
Kerry Bundy x Christopher Kaisershot x
Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy x via phone Gina Lombardo x
Wendy Citron x Tami Schroeder x
Jill Eichenwald x Robert Webber x
Brian Melendez x
Gretchen Otto x
Elizabeth L. Wolf x Elizabeth Keyes x
Sonia Miller Van Oort x
John Yost x

Absent: Mark L. Anderson

C. Minutes
D. Agenda

II. Business
A. Calendar
1. Bridge the Gap Reception-December 10, 1999
2. Jan. 14th, Board of Governors meeting at Science Meeting. House of Delegates meeting that afternoon.
3. ABA/YLD-Dallas, TX---February 10-13, 2000
4. Future Meeting Schedule (see also closing business). January meeting at RCBA office in St. Paul.
B. Special Orders
C. Unfinished Business and General Orders
1. Unfinished Business
2. General Orders
a) Corrections - one correction in the minutes from November.
b) Filling Vacancies
(1) MSBA Section/Committee Liaisons:
(ii) Professionalism--vacant
(iii) Women in the Profession--vacant
(iv) others?
c) Annual Planning
(1) Budget -
d) Bridge the Gap Reception/Programming
(1) Reception Report-Gina Lombardo reported that the event was not very well attended, partially due to poor publicity, and feels that the Friday date was too late in the week. Ten applications for active membership received through the program. Discussion ensued as to increasing personal contact in order to increase membership and retention of members. Gina is social membership chair and can be contacted with questions.
(2) Career Development Session Report-Christopher Kaisershot reported that it was AWESOME! About 100 attendees, many of whom stayed for the whole event.

III. Reports

A. Officers
1. Chair
a) Executive Committee Report - Gretchen reported that several bad decisions were made. Gretchen has a copy of the agenda available if anyone is interested. The court rules committee supported raises for judges, which could be detrimental to the salary of law clerks, as they are both part of the state court administrators' budget. Anyone interested in being a member of the Court Rules committee should contact Brian Melendez.

2. Vice Chair - Kerry had no report.
3. Secretary - Wendy had no report.
4. Treasurer - October expenditures were over last year's and we have since received reimbursement requested and newsletter expenses.

B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors---Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy - Gretchen distributed the tentative agendas for the board of governors meeting.
2. ABA House of Delegates---Brian Melendez - meeting in Feb and Brian will circulate an agenda. Gretchen needs a list of delegates ASAP to send in, so forward information to Gretchen.
3. YLD District Representative---Elizabeth Wolf - meeting in Feb. and Liz will circulate an agenda at the Jan meeting.

C. New Lawyers Section Liaisons to the Senior Bar
1. Convention (Senior Bar)-Jill Eichenwald - Jill reported that Gretchen had spoken to Dean Link of St. Thomas about presenting a program on reducing law school debt. Thus, the convention committee will explore getting CLE credit for a mini-convention session about starting in practice, reducing law school debt, and other career issues. Jill will be starting a new lawyers convention committee meeting regularly starting in January (in Duluth) and would like outside participation by phone or in Duluth.
2. Membership-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy-No report, as she apparently had to leave the meeting early.
3. Life and the Law-Kristen Anderson report by email prior to meeting:
Attendees: Judie Rush (chair), Erin Riley, Shane Swanson, Bill Lindberg, Joan Bibelhausen, Kris Anderson
a. Bike Ride - to be held the morning of June 22, 1999, at the Duluth Convention. Details (renting bikes, helmets, getting volunteers to work course, food, etc.) are being worked out. There will be three courses: 15 miles, 30 miles, and 50 miles. The routes will be fully supported for the duration of the race, so that people who have meetings that morning can do the race around their own schedule... Back up plan: Walk/Run
b. Life and Law Website - details are being worked out...
c. Books, etc. - we're finding/gathering/learning more about various publications that may be helpful/useful in this area.
d. Publication - we're hoping to get the next life/law publication out sometime in February...
e. Discussed a possible "quality of life" award that would go to employers who have policies that promote quality of life in the legal field.

4. Multidisciplinary practice-Robert Webber - Bob reports that the task force will have witnesses in Jan and Feb regarding MDP for their review on the topic. Ward Bower, consultant with a national law firm, will be speaking and Bob will forward information on his presentation.
5. MWL--- Tami Schroeder - Dec. 1st MWL holiday benefit raised money for several battered women shelters. A silent auction was held, and many young lawyers were in attendance. The goal of 2000 members by the end of 2000 is a membership drive for the group. See Tami if you wish to assist them in this goal. Tami will keep us posted on other issues.

D. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach---Karen Arthurs, Chair
a) Newsletter-Teresa Jones - the first issue went out the beginning of December. At the last meeting we discussed sending out 3,000, but that was determined by the bar association staff to not be feasible and 340 were mailed to a "core group" which did not include several members of the council (including Citron and Kaisershot). There was a discussion as to why the council's decision was overruled by the staff and how the "small group" of recipients was selected. Brian discussed the budget prospects for the future and how frequently we want the newsletter to be produced and distributed. Funding for trips as the other major cost in the budget was also discussed. We discussed the ability to opt otherwise eligible lawyers out of the section for people unhappy about receiving the new lawyers mailings. A mechanism is already in place for anyone not wanting to be in the section to be removed from the list. The next issue of the newsletter is on hold until after the next meeting. It was decided that there should be a full membership-wide distribution of the next issue (issue #2), no further distribution of the first issue, and that in the next issue an "opt out" box for members who no longer wish to receive future mailings.
b) Hennepin affiliate report---Sonia Miller Van Oort - high school law exploring program, youth summit - nothing significant to report.
c) Ramsey affiliate report---Mark L. Anderson - Gretchen reported that Tim Penny will be the special guest at the next happy hour. (2nd Thursday in January.)
d) 11th District affiliate report---John Yost - new chairperson Cameron Seybolt.
e) 3rd Judicial District affiliate report ---Karen Sullivan Hook - Karen Arthurs reported on the holiday party, in which some attendees came only because of the notice in the newsletter.
f) Unaffiliated area report ---Karen Arthurs - social activity proposed to see if there is a core group in St. Cloud willing to affiliate.
(1) St. Cloud affiliate?
(2) Mankato area?
2. Convention (New Lawyer Mini Convention)---Jill Eichenwald, Chair
3. Technology---Gretchen Otto, Webmaster - webpage is going online this week.
a) Web page --- new version online
4. Midwest Regional AOP 2000----Kerry Bundy and Gretchen Otto, Co-Chairs - meeting right after this meeting. Contract signed.
5. Membership/ Social---Gina Lombardo, Chair
a) Hennepin Co-sponsored Social --- February 24th, City Billiards - Gina is working on with John Stroud and anyone else interested should contact Gina.
b) Law Student reception reports - November reception for Hamline at the Mall of America which was well attended but Gina was not there and had no details.
6. Professional Development---Christopher Kaisershot, Chair
7. "Law Suit" Project Committee-Kerry Bundy, Chair - Talked to MWL about their April clothes drive, who needed no help. MWL offered to let the section piggyback, but suggested instead that the section do another one in the fall.
8. "Coming of Age" Project Committee-Tami Schroeder, Karen Arthurs, Jill Eichenwald - waiting for subgrant committee meeting next Monday, will be announced during the Mid-Year meeting in February. Discussion as to whether the grant should be amended to reflect that Hennepin County had a similar project in place.
IV. New Business
A. Legislative Proposals---Robert Webber and Tiffany Eggers, Legislative Coordinators - Bob reported that Lloyd Grooms and he discussed getting involved, and that there is limited opportunity for involvement for the next legislative session. Lloyd is setting up an email list if people are interested in Lloyd's progress tracking reports. Contact Bob for more information. The 2001 session is scheduled to be a "budget session" in which clerks' salaries may be discussed. Bob discussed the process with the house and delegates and what is required for a proposal to be an officially sanctioned piece of MSBA legislation. Bob thinks we should focus on one agenda item to see what should be focused on primarily. There was discussion as to the priority of judicial law clerk salaries and whether this should be "the issue" to push forth in the next session. Lloyd may be able to evaluate our top choices to let us know what may be successful and is willing to meet with us to discuss. There was other discussion as to whether a two-year plan was possible given the new lawyer section's one year slate of officers, but most standing committees are retained in future years.
1. Legislative changes to government classification of public attorneys
2. Judicial recusal proposal
3. Law Clerk salary proposal??
B. Funding requests---ABA/YLD Dallas Midyear Meeting - Gretchen requested funding for Dallas, Liz Wolf from the unaffiliated area is requesting partial funding, and Tami Schroeder from Hennepin will get the balance of the funding.
V. Closing Business
A. Previous Notice
B. Announcements
C. Future Meetings
1. Council: Thursday, January 20, 1999 (RCBA Offices, First National Bank Building in Saint Paul. Gretchen to send parking ramp information and directions by email.)
2. Executive Board: Thursday, February 17, 1999 (HCBA offices-Hennepin affiliate hosts)
3. March meeting in Duluth on a Saturday, with a St. Patrick's Day meeting to follow.
D. Adjournment called around 6:15, with the AOP planning committee meeting starting immediately after adjournment.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION COUNCIL

Third Regular Meeting
MSBA Offices
Thursday, November 18, 1999
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
5:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Agenda

I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call

Council Members: Others Present:
Kristen Anderson Elizabeth Keyes x
Mark L. Anderson
Karen Arthurs x
Natalie Wyatt Brown x
Kerry Bundy x
Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
Wendy Citron x
Jill Eichenwald x
Amanda Holland
Karen Sullivan Hook
Teresa Jones x
Christopher Kaisershot x
Gina Lombardo
Brian Melendez x
Gretchen Otto
Darrin Rosha
Tami Schroeder x
Scott Swanson
Sonia Miller Van Oort
Robert Webber
Elizabeth L. Wolf
John Yost

C. Minutes - approved as submitted

D. Agenda

II. Business
A. Calendar
1. Bridge the Gap Reception-December 10, 1999
2. Future Meeting Schedule (see also closing business)

B. Special Orders

C. Unfinished Business and General Orders
1. Unfinished Business
2. General Orders
a) Corrections
b) Filling Vacancies
(1) MSBA Section/Committee Liaisons:
(i) Convention-Jill Eichenwald
(ii) Membership-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
(iii) Professionalism--vacant
(iv) Life and the Law-Kristen Anderson - filling of vacancy approved
(v) Women in the Profession--vacant
(vi) Multidisciplinary practice-Robert Webber. MSBA task force continues to do work in the subcommittees. The subcommittees will report to the whole task force on November 19. In January (and possibly February), the whole task force wants to hear testimony from interested parties. If anyone in MSBA-NLS has a good witness candidate, let me know. Still no idea which way the big report will go.
(vii) MWL--- Tami Schroeder - Tami was asked to hold this position, which she accepted and the filling of vacancy was approved.
(viii) others?
c) Annual Planning
(1) Meeting rotation
(2) Budget - see the Treasurer's report
d) Bridge the Gap Reception/Programming
(1) Reception Report-Gina Lombardo
(2) Career Development Session Report-Christopher Kaisershot

III. Reports
A. Officers
1. Chair
a) Executive Committee Report-no report this month
2. Vice Chair - Kerry Bundy. Making arrangements for next month's meeting on December 16th. Proposal to have a potluck holiday party.
3. Secretary - no report
4. Treasurer - Jill reported that we spent $3,713 for this year, including travel, which is the largest component of the spending. There was a discussion regarding a bill for $500 for food and beverages which is to be paid out of last year's budget. The issue was raised with respect to the Rochester meeting for the cost of postage and research, because the NLS is billed an hourly rate ($17/hour) by MSBA for these services. There was a discussion as to whether the AOP planning committee meetings expenses should be covered under the NLS budget? Providing food for the AOP planning committee meetings is depleting the annual budget. The NLS get charged for advertisements in the Bench and Bar for meeting notices, and was charged $102 for the meeting notices for the Rochester meeting. Gretchen wants a hard copy printout for the cost of a mailing, and Betsy provided a copy. We will get copies of the sample quote and discuss at the next meeting.

Brian reported on the meeting notices and whether we need a "mailing list" in addition to the electronic mail for materials that we may want to review. When something exists in hardcopy, we should either mail it out to everyone, or send an email stating that a large document exists and list a contact person for those requesting a copy. Gretchen will send with the email meeting notices a copy of the agenda for the upcoming meeting and the draft meeting minutes to be reviewed by council members for approval at the next meeting. Also to accompany the meeting announcements, agenda, and minutes will be the name a of contact person for the meeting, and any other information to be distributed prior to the meeting.

B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors---Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
2. ABA House of Delegates---Brian Melendez - There will be a vacancy for state delegate and several candidates have surfaced. Brian did not endorse any candidate over any other, and is passing around a signup sheet for Jon Shafsholt, who has very few ABA members in his area, so that he can be considered a candidate. Anyone interested contact Brian.
3. YLD District Representative---Elizabeth Wolf

C. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach---
a) Newsletter-Teresa Jones - A draft copy of the first addition of the Hearsay newsletter nearly ready to go to print. We need to find an additional $1,075 to send this to all NLS members (3,000). To limit future costs, a notice will be placed in first issue to contact MSBA if interested in receiving future copies. It will also be available on the website on a date after mailed to members. A motion was made and passed to provide for full distribution of the first edition only.
b) Hennepin affiliate report---Sonia Miller Van Oort
c) Ramsey affiliate report---Mark L. Anderson
d) 11th District affiliate report---John Yost - Jill reported that a new chair will be up for election next month.
e) 3rd Judicial District affiliate report ---Karen Sullivan Hook - Karen Arthurs reported that they are meeting regularly. Sandy Keith came to the last meeting and was impressed with the size of the group.
f) Unaffiliated area report ---Karen Arthurs - Kerry Bundy proposed to run an ad in the Bench and Bar to solicit interest in unaffiliated areas. Teresa was nominated to pursue this option with Jud Haverkamp in order to get the new lawyers a free page in the Bench and Bar. Karen Arthurs will be listed as a contact.
(1) St. Cloud affiliate
2. Convention---Jill Eichenwald - met last month, nothing significant to report.
3. Technology---Gretchen Otto - new version to come online soon. Please check it out and contact Gretchen with any changes / suggestions.
a) Web page improvements
b) listserv enhancements
4. Midwest Regional AOP 2000----Kerry Bundy and Gretchen Otto - next meeting of the full committee will follow the next general meeting. Kerry proposed to swap the meeting times for the general meeting and committee meeting on December 16th. The motion died on the table, and the meeting times were retained as previously proposed. There was a discussion of the problems that have developed with the contract with the Radisson and the new issues which have arisen. There is now a cancellation fee and an attrition fee in the new Radisson contract. We will need to guarantee the rooms for hotel guests to back the attrition clause. This contract does not guarantee the room rental rates or that the meeting rooms will be free. There were concerns that we are getting a bad deal from the hotel. Kerry is going to try to renegotiate again (and possibly contact other "second tier" hotels) and report back next month. Contact Gina AOP social subcommittee meeting minutes. Contact Christopher for AOP programming subcommittee minutes. Contact Gretchen for AOP subcommittee fundraising minutes.
5. Membership/ Social---Gina Lombardo - no report
a) Ramsey Co-sponsored Social ?
b) Hennepin Co-sponsored Social (February?)
c) Law Student reception reports
6. Professional Development---Christopher Kaisershot
a) Bridge the Gap - 3.75 hours of CLE, Christopher has more information.
7. "Law Suit" Project Committee-Kerry Bundy - Ramsey County has a law suit program in place for the holiday season. Question as to whether this is still a good idea for a statewide drive at a different time of year. MWL has a suit drive which is in the spring. Gretchen proposed we co-sponsor with MWL rather than have another conflicting drive. Tami mentioned that MWL has chapters across the state and will look into co-sponsoring the event statewide.
8. "Coming of Age" Project Committee-Tami Schroeder, Karen Arthurs, Jill Eichenwald - Jill and Tami submitted a grant proposal. Betsy and Tami were talking about the coming of age project and discussed a pamphlet that is already available from HCBA. HCBA has a 60 page "Legal Stuff" booklet which seems to cover many of the items this project would cover. Gretchen proposed that we work together with HCBA to greater distribute their booklet to high school students. Question as to whether the grant request needs to be updated to reflect lower production costs, but to recognize the goal of expanding the distribution of the booklet and materials. Teresa mentioned that the grant would not cover publication of existing documents unless it is an improvement or upgrade.

IV. New Business
A. Legislative Proposals---Robert Webber
1. Report-- spoke to Lloyd Grooms, MSBA lobbyist at Winthrop & Weinstine. The next legislative sesssion is considered the short session (Feb. to May) with no budget (thus state employee salary issues are basically off the table). The timing of this session makes it impossible for us to propose legislation, but we will be able to track legislation. Grooms is initiating an e-mail list and possibly a bulletin board for MSBA. The e-mail will be sent to Robert, who can either report it to the section or forward it to interested parties. The new technology will let more people participate in a timely fashion - hopefully a good thing. Robert suggested to Grooms that we (NLS) may be interested in increased participation in the legislative process. He was open to meeting with some subset of us in January, then possibly the whole Executive Council in February to discuss developing legislation for the 2001 session. The process works like this: A section subcommittee writes legislation, it must be approved by the executive council of the section, then it is sent to the MSBA delegates for approval. If approved, it is MSBA legislation and Grooms can work his magic. So it takes time. Please let Robert know where we stand on this, and I can try to arrange a small meeting with Grooms in January. Tiffany Eggers in the Rochester area will also serve as a legislative coordinator.
2. Legislative changes to government classification of public attorneys
3. Judicial recusal proposal - Gretchen has a copy if interested.
4. Law Clerk salary proposal?? - looking for someone to draft a proposal for our section.

B. Domestic Violence Initiative and brochures-Teresa Jones, Christopher Kaisershot - called around and found out that a pamphlet already exists, and the organizations he has contacted will get back to Christopher if they notice any gaps in the materials they have available. Tami discussed new domestic violence proposed legislation will be brought to the MSBA board committee.

C. David Graven public service awards - will be discussed more in December. Contact Gretchen if you have someone you think the section should nominate.

D. Proposal to charge a $35 fee to request CLE credits, may impact the affiliates the most. Need comments by early December. This is a regressive tax and could be imposed on all groups requesting CLE credit. Brian mentioned that Sue Holden will testify against this for HCBA. A vote was passed requesting that Gretchen write a letter to the committee expressing our disapproval.

V. Closing Business
A. Previous Notice
B. Announcements
C. Future Meetings
1. Council: Thursday, December 16, 1999 (Bar Offices)
2. Executive Board: Thursday, January 20, 1999 (TBA)
3. February - Hennepin
4. March - Duluth
D. Adjournment was called at 6:25.


MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
NEW LAWYERS SECTION
EXECUTIVE BOARD AGENDA

Second Regular Meeting
MSBA Offices
Thursday, October 28, 1999 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
5:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Agenda  
I. Opening Business
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call Executive Board Members :
Mark Anderson
Karen Arthurs x
Kerry Bundy x
Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
Wendy Citron x
Jill Eichenwald x
Brian Melendez x
Gretchen Otto x
Sonia Miller Van Oort x
Elizabeth Wolf
John Yost x

Others present:
Natalie Wyatt Brown
Teresa Jones
Christopher Kaisershot
Elizabeth Keyes
Eric Larson
Tami Schroeder
Robert Webber

C. Minutes - The minutes were filed subject to audit and executive board review. There will be a change to the minutes to clarify that Tami Schroeder only mentioned her minority and public employee status for the purposes of grant money available because of the funding available for young lawyers with those statuses and not as a request for special consideration by the Board.

D. Agenda - was circulated by Gretchen Otto.

II. Business
A. Calendar
1. Bridge the Gap Reception-December 10, 1999 - looking for volunteers
2. Future Meeting Schedule (see closing business)

B. Special Orders - none

C. Unfinished Business and General Orders
1. Unfinished Business
2. General Orders
a) Corrections - none
b) Filling Vacancies -
(1) Announce ABA/YLD District 17 Representative---Elizabeth Wolf.
Rochester and Duluth are not seeking other candidates, since Teresa Jones dropped out of the race, and endorse Liz Wolf. Thus she has sufficient votes to be elected district rep. Direct all ABA inquiries to Liz starting today.
(2) MSBA Section/Committee Liaisons:
(i) Convention-Jill Eichenwald - meeting next Tuesday to plan convention for June 21 - 23, 2000 (Wednesday - Friday). Will circulate a preliminary schedule of events for planning purposes. Spirit Mountain and the Aquarium are reserved for events. Aquarium is not yet built, so there is some concern whether it will be ready for event. Mini - convention planning still needed. Anyone interested in joining the convention planning committee please contact Jill, as she would like more non-Duluth input to promote attendance from across the state.
(ii) Membership-Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
(iii) Professionalism--vacant
(iv) Life and the Law--vacant
(v) Women in the Profession-vacant
We are still looking for liaisons for these three vacant sections. Any interested parties are encouraged to come forward to be a liaison to the committees.
(vi) Multidisciplinary practice-Robert Webber - report and a handout from Bob explaining multi-disciplinary practice, state bar task force on the issue, and ABA commission report. Bob is new the lawyers representative on the state bar task force. The state bar has set up a list serve set up to discuss the issue. Bob also included "pro and con" articles, and mentioned that the homecoming address at the U of M law school this Saturday morning will be on this topic. YLD group has compiled a book which Teresa provided to Bob for his review.
(vii) others?
(5) New Committee Chairs
(i) Professional Development---Christopher Kaisershot
(ii) Social/Membership-Gina Lombardo - main responsibility is to coordinate the Bridge the Gap seminar and to work with RCBA on the Get out the Vote event next fall. Since Gina does not already sit on the Council in other capacity, Membership/ Social was converted to a standing committee to allow Gina a vote.
c) Annual Planning
(1) Meeting rotation - December and January, MSBA meeting
(2) Budget
d) Bridge the Gap Reception/Programming- December 10th, please attend.
(1) Reception Report-Gina Lombardo
(2) Career Development Session Report-Christopher Kaisershot

III. Reports
A. Officers
1. Chair
a) Executive Committee Report - uneventful meeting with little to report.
2. Vice Chair - an idea from the AOP in Vegas, "Law Suits day" clothing drive project, would like to implement as a statewide effort. Tami mentioned coordinating with the MWL annual professional clothing drive. Sonia mentioned that it could be better in the summer so that it can be held outside. An ad hoc committee was established with Kerry named as committee head.
3. Secretary - last meeting's minutes are available on the website. Future meeting minutes should be available prior to the next meeting also on the website.
4. Treasurer - $13,122 currently left in budget. Until expenses come in from most recent AOP, unable to judge. Likely to be around $10,000. Report tabled pending audit.

B. Delegates and Representatives
1. MSBA Board of Governors---Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
2. ABA House of Delegates---Brian Melendez - contact Brian for more details.
3. YLD District Representative---Elizabeth Wolf - Gretchen has full copy of report, as interim rep.. Contact her if you want a copy.

C. New Lawyers Section Committees
1. Affiliate Outreach---
a) Newsletter-Teresa Jones - working on the first issue of the newsletter. Seeking ideas for the newsletter title, "Hearsay" was suggested. Get any ideas for the name of the newsletter to Teresa in the next few days.
b) Hennepin affiliate report---Sonia Miller Van Oort - Nuts & Bolts seminar Nov 2 & 3, happy hour at Lone Tree Nov 4th. November 15, CLE on professional responsibility. Pro bono CLE at noon on November 16th. More information on the schedule will be on the website tomorrow. There was some discussion about the November 3rd happy hour for newly admitted attorneys, and the need to coordinate in future years to avoid a possible conflict in new lawyers focused events.
c) Ramsey affiliate report---Mark L. Anderson - happy hour / meetings at Sweeney's the second Thursday of every month. The last meeting was well attended with several representatives from Hennepin County in attendance.
d) 11th District affiliate report---John Yost
e) 3rd Judicial District affiliate report ---Karen Arthurs - now officially affiliated, large turnout for meetings (very encouraging).
f) Unaffiliated area report ---Karen Arthurs - looking for someone to be the director of the unaffiliated area. Everyone encouraged to think of names for this open position. Karen will pursue leads forwarded to her.
(1) St. Cloud affiliate
2. Convention---Jill Eichenwald - see General Orders (above) for comments.
3. Technology---Gretchen Otto
a) Web page improvements - Gretchen reported on the improvements and discussed the local affiliate opportunities. The web page includes one of the most comprehensive lists of practice links, including employment resources, so everyone should bookmark or make this your homepage. Affiliates should get information to Gretchen to add their meeting times, etc. to their subsection of the web site.
b) listserv enhancements - over 180 people subscribed. People are encouraged to use it, but concerns that it not become too practice-orientated so that people unsubscribe. There was a question if people could reply to the sender alone, which is possible, so people should be encouraged to not copy everyone in their replies to specific questions.
4. Midwest Regional AOP 2000----Kerry Bundy and Gretchen Otto - September 7-9, 2000. Planning meeting with 16 people was held and resulted in three subcommittees: social, fundraising / public relations, CLE / Programming. Contact Christopher to join a subcommittee. Proposed contract with Radisson Plaza Hotel distributed. Meeting charges for the rooms waived contingent upon lunch on Friday. Question as to the number of rooms to reserve, proposed 19 on Friday and 11 on Saturday ($89/room) based on historical numbers around 40. Rooms will be held until August 24th - to be paid for by people in the rooms. No penalty for reserving more rooms. If the event is completely cancelled, there will be a forfeiture based on the number of rooms reserved. Vote to enter into the contract was passed. It was discussed adding 5 more rooms to each night to ensure enough available at the discount price and agreed to do so. Contact Kerry for more information.
5. Membership/ Social---Gina Lombardo
a) Ramsey Co-sponsored Social ?
b) Hennepin Co-sponsored Social (February?) - no date available yet, but will be put on main calendar when available.
c) Law Student reception reports
6. Professional Development---Christopher Kaisershot - draft agenda for Bridge the Gap CLE circulated. Christopher is looking for family law practitioners to speak, and Natalie mentioned that she has a contact. Thursday, Dec. 9th date for event.
a) Bridge the Gap - main event of the professional development committee  

IV. New Business
A. Legislative Proposals:
1. Legislative changes to government classification of public attorneys - public defenders have joined a union and request statutory language change to get a pay raise. Over 50% of this bargaining unit would qualify as "new lawyers" so Gretchen requests our support of this through our legislative activities. Check out the language at http://fossum.net/legis/default.htm
2. Judicial recusal proposal - public defenders' office opposes this proposal to allow recusal of judges for cause only and requests the help of the new lawyers section.
3. Any other proposal - increased wages for law clerks also suggested as proposed legislation for the section. Judges are advocating for a raise for clerks and court reporters also, so we should coordinate efforts.
4. The group wanted to table these issues for discussion for the next meeting. Will make the materials available on the website. Robert Webber volunteered to be legislative coordinator.

B. Award Proposal - the Convention Committee will coordinate the award proposal.

C. Proposal for a new lawyer legislative coordination position - training is available tomorrow, but information about the process will be available at a later date if interested parties are not available. Lloyd Grooms (lobbyist) will explain the process and his scanning role in the process. Bob Webber volunteered to be the legislative coordinator, and other volunteers are welcomed.

D. ABA YLD Grants - available for local affiliates. Up to $2,000 per grant available. Teresa has more information, and the applications are due November 17th.

E. See discussion of Law Suits day proposal (above). Discussed that minimal funding would be required to implement, so it would likely not be a grant proposal project.

F. Coming of Age project - proposed for grant application, would take some funding to complete. This project would produce a pamphlet for people turning age 18 to explain the rights of reaching the age of majority and focus on educating high school students on the law. New lawyers would also be available to go speak to groups of high school students. There was also discussion of the Street Law program which has a similar agenda and whether this Coming of Age should coordinate. Tami and Karen will be co-chairs of this committee, and Jill will be on the committee. Ad Hoc committee to be named later (contact Tami with any suggested names for the committee).

G. Domestic Violence Awareness Project - Christopher discussed a domestic violence awareness project which produced brochures (Teresa circulated copies of the brochure) which were very useful for local law enforcement authorities where previously implemented.

V. Closing Business
A. Previous Notice
B. Announcements
C. Future Meetings
1. Council: Thursday, November 18, 1999 - MSBA Bar Office Board Room
2. Executive Board: Thursday, December 16, 1999 - MSBA Bar Office Board Room
D. Adjournment - meeting adjourned at 6:25. Respectfully Submitted Wendy W. Citron  


MSBA - New Lawyers Section
Meeting in Rochester
September 23, 1999

 

Opening Business.

1. Gretchen Otto called the meeting to order shortly after 5pm. There were sufficient members present both in Rochester and via teleconference to establish quorum for the MSBA NLS council meeting. (There was also a quorum of the Executive Board.)

Phone Attendees:
Geraint Powell
Gina Lombardo
Liz Wolf
Sonia Miller Van Oort
Kerry Bundy
Miaja Gunewitz Cassidy
Jill Eichenwald
John Yost

Other Attendees:
Gretchen Otto
Wendy Citron
Christopher Kaisershot
Karen Arthurs
Karen Sullivan Hook
Mark Ostrem
Kalene Engel
Melissa Kirschner
Dianna Mrasak
Barbara Swisher
Kathy Wallace
Paul Deloughery
Tedman Heim
Patricia Jorstad
Andrew Weyl

1. Gretchen offered to distribute copies of the minutes of the August 28, 1999 retreat in Madison, WI to anyone who was interested.

2. A copy of the agenda was distributed.

Business.

1. Calendar. Due to the October 21-23 dates for the ABA/YLD Fall AOP in Law Vegas, the next meeting has been rescheduled from October 21st to October 28th. MSBA/NLS Meetings are normally to be held on the third Thursday of each month.

2. There were no Special Orders.

Unfinished Business / General Orders.

1. There were no Corrections.

2. Filling Vacancies.

1. District 17 Representative.
There were initially 3 candidates for the position of ABA/YLD District 17 Representative. This position is being vacated by Geraint Powell. This position is to be elected by all affiliates in Minnesota and Wisconsin which constitute District 17. There was some discussion as to whether the appointment selection should be deferred until after the Wisconsin and Milwaukee affiliates meet, but this was defeated due to the fact that the combined Minnesota affiliates and sections could cast enough votes to select a new Representative for the District prior to the Fall AOP.

The candidates were: Elizabeth (Liz) Wolf, Teresa Jones, and Tami Schroeder. Prior to the meeting, Tami Schroeder withdrew her name from consideration and submitted a letter in support of Liz Wolf which Gretchen read at the meeting. Liz and Teresa both gave campaign speeches during the meeting. A silent vote of the Council was taken and Liz was elected by our affiliate as our choice for District 17 Representative.

Votes of the Council Members:

Votes for Liz Wolf 7
Votes for Teresa Jones 1
Absentions 2

Teresa Jones - did not vote, as she was a candidate and asked to leave for the voting and her vote was not needed to break a tie.

2. Representatives and Directors
The record shows incomplete information for the Council roster. Gretchen will circulate to get addresses needed. Gretchen read the current slate of councilors and Board members and it was approved by the Council. The Council roster is subject to change as there are still some committee vacancies.

The Representatives to the Council were stated as follows:
Hennepin - Teresa Jones, Christopher Kaisershot, Gina Lombardo, Natalie Wyatt Brown
Ramsey - Darrin Rosha, Scott Swanson
11th District - Amanda Holland

It was noted that Gina Lombardo is an alternate and not a Representative, but was acting in the place of Tami Schroeder for this meeting. The records were corrected to reflect Gina as an alternate and Tami as the Representative. The roster of the Board and Council were approved by unanimous vote of the Board.

There was a motion to amend the bylaws to allow for board members who are not currently members of the MSBA. There was discussion as to whether this were permissible under the umbrella ABA bylaws regarding state new lawyer sections. It was determined that any attorney currently eligible to become a member of MSBA must have a valid membership to be on the board (regardless of bar status in another state), while recent bar applications who are pending admission can populate the board on the condition that their failure to enroll in MSBA upon bar admission (or their failure of the bar exam, pre-empting their ability to become an MSBA member) would revoke their seat on the board. Motion failed for lack of a second.

3. MSBA Section / Committee Liaisons. Liaisons for various sections were discussed with no volunteers noted. The discussions were tabled until the next meeting.

There was a report from Robert Webber of the Multidisciplinary Practice task force (MDP) current practices subcommittee. Contact Robert at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly at (612) 607-7430 or rwebber@owdlaw.com for more information.

Membership Committee had a report by Miaja Cassidy regarding their recent meeting. Miaja mentioned trying to coordinate with law students and RCBA October social to increase YLD activities for members and future members.

4. Annual Planning - There was discussion as to the rotation of meetings to various out-state affiliates. January's meeting will be hosted by Hennepin County. March and June will be hosted by Duluth. Other meetings to be determined. The discussion on the Bridge the Gap Reception was tabled until the next meeting.

Reports.

1. Gretchen Otto reported on the MSBA Board of Governors and announced that the Executive Committee allowed MSBA/NLS to use funds not spent in the previous fiscal year for expenditures incurred in the first several months of the current fiscal year. Gretchen was instrumental in convincing the BOG to allow this expenditure. Gretchen also reported that the MSBA/NLS was granted a new voting position on the Executive Board. Gretchen is currently the NLS' representative on the Executive Board.

2. ABA House of Delegates - Brian Melendez. The only written report was provided by Brian Melendez with respect to the ABA House of Delegates meeting. A copy of Brian's report is attached hereto.

3. YLD District Representative - Geraint Powell reported that some grant money was currently available for pro bono or community service projects and that affiliates should apply promptly for grant consideration. This is an agenda item for the next meeting as the deadline for applications is November 17th. Geraint reported on necessity for firm or other outside funding for the YLD Rep. position and some discussion about the number of events partially funded and from what sources ensued (including scholarship funding). There were no resolutions passed on this issue.

4. No reports were available regarding the state of the MSBA/NLS budget or from any other officers.

5. Committees -

1. Affiliate Outreach Committee Head Karen Arthurs was appointed by the Board. Karen gave a report as to the status of 3rd district (Rochester) as no longer an "unaffiliated area" and the recruiting taking place to fill positions in this and other potential affiliate locations (St. Cloud).

2. There was a report by the Hennepin Affiliate which discussed its current projects, including breakfast with judges, outreach project with at risk youths, and the Nuts & Bolts CLE for new lawyers. Dates and other information on these events are in the Hennepin Lawyer.

3. Ramsey County had no report, but continues to have social happy hours every 2nd Thursday of the month.

4. The 11th District reported that they are searching for a new chair to replace Joanne (who is working on the Blom case). John Yost has been chairing in the interim. He is not currently a MSBA member, but will apply.

5. The Convention and Technology updates are agenda items for next meeting.

6. Midwest AOP in 2000 -

1. Planning. Committee chairs Gretchen Otto and Kerry Bundy discussed probable dates (September 7 - 10, 2000) and locations. They have been soliciting bids from hotels, including the Crown Plaza, and have arranged with the Minneapolis Convention Bureau to solicit bids from the Marriott, Radisson, and Marquette Hotels in downtown Minneapolis. There was some discussion as to whether a location other than downtown Minneapolis was appropriate, and that is an agenda item for the next committee meeting, to be scheduled as soon as possible. The Chairs hope to have the date and location selected by October 15.

2. Committee members: Jill Eichenwald, Geraint Powell, Tami Schroeder, Sonia Miller Van Oort, and Christopher Kaisershot were mentioned as members in the meeting, with a list of additional members from HCBA to be added, as well as recruiting representatives from Ramsey County and Rochester.

New Business.

1. Funding Request

1. Jill Eichenwald had priority. She requested and was granted funding for the next regional AOP.

2. Sonia Miller-Van Oort reported that Teresa Jones and Tami Schroeder were both interested in funding. Both submitted requests to HCBA and Teresa Jones was recommended for funding to the MSBA. Tami made a request for funding as a minority affiliate delegate. There was discussion as to whether this was an issue for MSBA, as the funding for minority delegates comes from the ABA. Applications to the ABA can be made on the affiliate level without reaching the MSBA.

3. There was a motion that all parties requesting funding apply also for any funding available from the ABA, and that amounts paid by MSBA will be offset by amounts received from the ABA.

2. Discussion on recommended legislation, including modifying the status of public defenders (of whom more than 40% are "new lawyers") and removal of judges for cause were deferred to the next meeting. Gretchen has more information available for anyone who is interested.

3. Award Proposal. There was a proposal to award Brian Melendez the status of Fellow of the NLS, to be conferred upon him at the June convention meeting. As the National ABA/NLS Chair-Elect, and in various other capacities, Brian has dedicated himself to the NLS. There was some discussion as to whether the title of "Fellow" has connotations of section members who have been "aged out" of the NLS, which is not the case for Brian. This is an agenda item for the next meeting.

4. MSBA new lawyer section reception for new bar admittees. Swearing in will take place before the next meeting, so materials will be distributed to anyone who is interested.

Closing Business.

1. The next scheduled meeting of the Executive Board is Oct 28th, 5 pm MSBA Bar Office in Minneapolis. The Council will also meet on November 18th, tentatively scheduled for Hennepin County. At the next meeting, we will discuss where future meetings will be held.

2. The meeting was adjourned at 6:25 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

Wendy W. Citron

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