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MSBA Solo and Small Firm Section
Annual Report
2012-13

 

Section Membership
As of June 3, 2013 the Section has 512 members.  This represents an 8% decrease in membership since July 1, 2012.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $3,297.57 as of June 3, 2013.

Continuing Legal Education Programs & Other Events
The Section hosted 8 CLE programs in fiscal year 2012-13. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Second Annual Solo and Small Firm Section Happy Hour in Duluth

8/6/2012

N/A

N/A

87

Ethical Implications of the Digital Age

10/5/2012

172370

1 Ethics

58

Texts, Lies and Backup Tapes: What You Must Know about E-Discovery to Prove Your Case and Avoid Big Mistakes (co-sponsored with the Computer & Technology Section)

10/5/2012

172369

1.5 Std 
.5 Ethics

27

Real Estate Trifecta: Making More Murky Matters Mundane (co-sponsored with Real Property Section)

10/24/2012

172608

1 Std

39

Solo or Small Firm, But Not Alone! Tips on Hiring and Enabling Staff

12/5/2012

174254

1.5 LOM

33

Maintaining Your Solo-Small Law Firm Practice in Today's Legal Climate (held in Duluth)

1/24/2013

175758

1.5 LOM

19

Solo-Small Firm Section Caribbean “Don’t Worry, Be Happy" Hour

2/21/2013

N/A

N/A

26

Help, I Still Have Hearsay Problems (co-sponsored with the Civil Litigation Section)

3/15/2013

176943

1 Std

30

Motions in Limine - Live Demonstration with Judge's Feedback (co-sponsored with the Civil Litigation Section)

3/28/2013

177316

1 Std

35

Solo & Small Firm Section Appreciation Event, Elections and CLE – Updates you need to know in Family, Civil, and Criminal Law

5/10/2013

179066

1 Std

40

 

Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 10, 2013 and 40 people attended.

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2013-2014:

Chair:  Adam Gislason
Vice Chair:  Debra McLain
Treasurer:  Marylee Abrams
Secretary:  Anthony Bushnell

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2013-2015:

Anthony Bushnell
Barbara A. Forshier
Ken Kunkle
Susan J. Mundahl

The council will be made up of the following people next year:

Chair:  Adam Gislason
Vice Chair:  Debra McLain
Treasurer:  Marylee Abrams
Secretary:  Anthony Bushnell

Brian Cote
Barbara Forshier
Ken Kunkle
Susan Dickel Minsberg
Susan Mundahl

Other Section Accomplishments

The section, in conjunction with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, gave a scholarship to a member to cover the registration fee for the 2012 AAML Divorce Camp at Breezy Point Resort in September.  The criteria from the AAML and this Section for awarding the scholarship was as follows:  (1) the recipient practices family law at least 75% of his/her time; (2) is a licensed attorney who is serving low-income clients; (3) has practiced law for five years or more; and has registered for annual MSBA membership in the Under $35,000 Annual Income Category.  The recipient was selected by lottery.

Debra McLain, on behalf of the Solo-Small Firm Section, completed a report regarding the unauthorized practice of law.  The Section has asked the MSBA to consider appointing a task force to further explore this issue and make recommendations.  The MSBA is currently soliciting comments from other sections and, if there is sufficient interest, a task force will be appointed in September with a specific charge and a deadline of May 31, 2014 to complete the work.

 

Submitted By:
Susan Dickel Minsberg, Section Chair
Date: June 24, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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