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MSBA Family Law Section
Annual Report
2016-17 


Section Membership
As of June 19, 207, the Section has 997 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $52,736.99 as of May 31, 2017.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 9 CLE programs in fiscal year 2016-17. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Ethical Pitfalls in Family Law

09/17/16

226553

1 Ethics

56

20 Technology Tips for Making You More Productive

10/08/16

228513

1 Law Office Management

30

Standards of Practice for Custody Evaluations

11/12/16

230403

1 Standard

63

Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction in the Legal Profession

12/10/16

231192

1 Elimination of Bias

 

61

Interstate Child Support and Child Custody Matters

01/21/17

232629

1 Standard

47

The Impact of Retirement on Spousal Maintenance

02/11/17

234354

1 Standard

79

Legislative Update

03/11/17

236735

1 Standard

64

When Your Client is Impaired – Addiction, Mental Health and Other Issues for Attorneys

04/08/17

237620

1 Elimination of Bias

 

66

Family Court Enhancement Project – Improving Access to Justice

05/13/17

239339

1 Standard

 

48

 

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 13, 2017 and 48 people attended.

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2017 to 2018:

Mary Lauhead
Michael Dittberner
Rana Alexander
Tami Peterson
Niecie Strand
Amy Sauter
Victoria Taylor
Michael Boulette
Pete Radosevich
Karen Kugler
Tiffane Wolter
Jill Meyer

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2017 to 2018:

Chair: Sara Runchey
Vice Chair: W. Bradley Frago
Secretary: Shannon Wachter
Treasurer: Ryan Anderson
Past Chair: Margaret Erickson

Diversity and Inclusion 
We continue to discuss inclusion, and we welcome suggestions from members and others to improve our diversity.

Meetings are held in an accessible space. We offer remote participation as an option at monthly meetings, so that distance, disability, or other obstacles are less likely to be barriers.  The CLE offerings are planned so that brand-new attorneys as well as those with years of experience can learn something.

Two Elimination of Bias credits were offered at monthly section meetings. Attendees at the Family Law Institute could earn up to three EOB credits at that event, where the keynote speaker, Justice Anne McKeig, the first Minnesota Supreme Court Justice of Native American heritage, described how her own background shaped her approach to her later work in child protection and Indian Child Welfare Act cases.

Institute attendees were reminded to fill out the demographic data at MNBar.org if they were MSBA members (and encouraged to join if they were not).

Other Section Accomplishments
The Section can be proud of the work of its committees: the Amicus committee monitors appellate decisions and keeps members informed of significant case law. The committee authored one Amicus brief this year. The Domestic Abuse committee meets to discuss protecting victims of violence. Committee members participate in writing and publishing articles and co-presenting CLE events. The Legislation committee keeps members current on pending and proposed legislation, and coordinates with the MSBA’s lobbyists to advance the Section’s position on various bills. The Publications committee publishes the Family Law Forum, covering topics of interest to family law practitioners.

Submitted By:
Margaret Erickson, Section Chair
Date: 30 June 2017