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MSBA Communications Law Section
Annual Report
2011-12

Section Membership
As of June 30, 2012, the Communications Law Section has 78 members.  This reflects a 10% decrease in membership since July 1, 2011.

Financial Status
The Communications Law Section had an account balance of $ 3576.33 as of May 31, 2012. 

Continuing Legal Education Programs and Social Events
The Section hosted six CLE programs in fiscal year 2011-12. 

Program Date

Program Title

CLE Event Code and Credit

# of Attendees

10/25/2011

Practice Pointers from the Public Utilities Commission

161268 / 1.0 Standard

27

11/9/2011

The State of Broadband in Minnesota

161630 / 1.0 Standard

22

12/12/2011

Communications Law: A Preview of the Upcoming Legislative Session

162718 / 1.0 Standard

18

1/17/2010

Evaluating the Connection America Fund Order: Boon or Boondoggle for Minnesota?

163600 / 1.0 Standard

10

2/15/2012

Intercarrier Compensation Reform Under The FCC's Connect America Fund Order

164128 / 1.0 Standard

18

3/14/2011

Broadband Border to Border: Resources and Barriers

165691 / 1.0 Standard

8

Legislation and Amicus Briefs
The Communications Law Section did not submit any legislative proposals or amicus briefs in the 2011-12 term.

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Communications Law Section annual meeting and elections were held on May 9, 2012, at noon at the Minnesota State Bar Association offices.  The meeting had 11 participants.

The following individuals were elected to serve as officers of the Communications Law Section in 2012-13:

Shannon Heim, Chair
Gregory Merz, Vice Chair
Stephen Guzzetta, Secretary
Andrew Carlson, Treasurer

The following individuals will serve as the Section’s MSBA Assembly representative and alternate in 2012-13:

Representative:  Shannon Heim
Alternate:  Greg Merz

Other Section Accomplishments
We started the 2011-12 year by surveying our membership.  The survey helped us determine where to hold our meetings, identify speakers for our CLEs and identify issues that were most important to our membership.  Our Council set goals for the section based in part on the survey results.  Our primary goal was to create interesting CLE topics and bring in new speakers.  The feedback that we received was very positive.  We also wanted to involve the Department of Commerce and the Public Utilities Commission more.  We were fortunate to have the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and a Public Utilities Commission Commissioner speak to our members.

We also started planning for future activities.  We have started working on a potential Section newsletter that we would expect to go out 2-3 times per year.  The Department of Commerce and the PUC have agreed to participate in that effort.  We also hope to honor a member of the bar each year at the annual forum for contributions to Communications Law in Minnesota.  We are also exploring ways to include law students and newer lawyers in our Section.

Finally, we had an amazing Annual Communications Law Forum.  We had 2 State Department Commissioners and the former Speaker of the House as speakers as well as national experts from the FCC and on 911.  It was well-attended and very interesting.  The feedback on the Annual Communications Law Forum was also incredibly positive.

Submitted By:
Michael Bradley, Section Chair

 

MSBA Communications Law Section
Annual Report
2010-11

Section Membership
As of June 13, 2011, the Communications Law Section has 86 members.  This reflects a 4% loss in membership since July 1, 2010.

Financial Status
The Communications Law Section had an account balance of $5,537.74 as of April 30, 2011. 

Continuing Legal Education Programs and Social Events
The Section hosted seven CLE programs in fiscal year 2010-11. 

Program Date
Program Title CLE Event Code and Credit
# of Attendees
9/13/10
Communications Law Systems and Issues at Target Field/Tour
148199;
2.0 Standard
13
10/13/10
Inside the Broadband Stimulus Program - Minnesota Experience
149145;
1.0 Standard
10
11/10/10
Social Media and Lawyer Ethics - The Medium is Not the Message
150157;
1.0 Ethics
6
1/26/11
The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
152086;
1.0 Standard
14
2/8/11
Hand-held Devices & Privacy: We Know What You Read, Bought, Watched, Ate and
Emailed Last Summer - Are You Scared (co-sponsored with Art & Entertainment, Communications & Computer)
152492;
1.0 Standard
65
4/13/11
The Qwest-CenturyLink Merger: Issues Raised and Lessons Learned
154801;
1.0 Standard
12
5/11/11
State of Play on Smart Grid: Implications for the Communications Industry
155596;
1.0 Standard
17
6/2/11
2011 Communications Law Forum
(co-sponsored with MNCLE)
156521;
1.0 Ethics &
5.25 Standard  
44

Legislation and Amicus Briefs
The Communications Law Section did not submit any legislative proposals or amicus briefs in the 2010-11 term.

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Communications Law Section annual meeting and elections were held on May 11, 2011, at noon at the Minnesota State Bar Association offices.  In addition to the Section’s business meeting and elections, the luncheon featured a CLE entitled, “State of Play on Smart Grid: Implications for the Communications Industry.”  The meeting and program were well attended with 17 participants.

The following individuals were elected to serve as officers of the Communications Law Section in 2011-12:

Mike Bradley, Chair
Greg Merz, Vice Chair
Shannon Heim, Secretary
Andy Carlson, Treasurer

The following individuals will serve as the Section’s MSBA Assembly representative and alternate in 2011-12:

Representative: Mike Bradley
Alternate: Andy Carlson

Other Section Accomplishments
We had a very successful year. Our Annual Communications Law Forum was well-attended and very interesting.

Submitted By:
Andrew M. Carlson, Section Chair

 

MSBA Communications Law Section
2003-04 Annual Report


The Communications Law Section invited its members to a planning meeting on September 5, 2003. Nine members of the section attended the meeting. The group decided that the Section would be best served by holding a number of noon hour CLEs during the fall, winter and spring and planning for an all day CLE during the summer. The group decided upon the fees to charge members ($10), non-members ($15) and students ($10).

Chair Jeff Oxley took responsibility for organizing the noon hour CLEs. The following meetings were held:

October 1, 2003: “The Challenges of Implementing the FCC’s Triennial Review Order.”

November 3, 2003: “The Vonage Case -- Are Voice Over IP Providers Subject to State Regulation as Telecommunications Companies? Should They Be?”

December 3, 2003: “Wireless to Wireless & Wireless to Wireline Local Number Portability.”

February 24, 2004: “Broadband over Powerlines: What’s the Buzz.” .

April 7, 2004: “Broadband Development and Industry Deployment of Broadband.”

May 5, 2004: “Plug and Play” Time: The Digitization of Video Services Regulation.”

Vice Chair Dan Lipschultz and Section Member Milda Hedblom took responsibility for organizing the summer CLE session. On July 15, they will co-chair the 2004 Regional Communications Law Forum which will host a number of local and out-of-town speakers on various current topics.

The person elected Treasurer of the Section declined to serve and Steve Mihalchick was nominated and elected to serve during the term. The Section did without a Secretary for the term.

The Section’s balance on July 1, 2003 was $7,642.54. Membership dues of $1,937.50 were collected. As of April 30, 2004, the Section’s balance was $8,452.85. The only significant expense that I anticipate in the coming months is related to the July 15, 2005 Regional Communications Law Forum, as described below.

The Section’s annual meeting was held on Thursday, June 3, 2004 at a noon hour meeting. The members in attendance elected Dan Lipschultz as Chair, Milda Hedblom as Vice Chair, Thomas Bailey as Secretary, and Steve Mihalchick as Treasurer for the 2004 to 2005 term. The Section also approved paying any bills relating to the Regional Communications Law Forum. Dan and Milda explained that our Section may be charged for travel expenses for the out of town guest speakers.

It has been a pleasure to serve as the Communications Law Section Chair over the past twelve months.

J. Jeffery Oxley
2003-04 Communications Law Section Chair


MSBA Communications Law Section
2002-03 Annual Report

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The Section held a program focusing on one of the most ambitious international efforts in the arena of international telecommunications known as the World Summit for the Information Society, which is organized under the United Nations by the International Telecommunications Union. The program, entitled "Telecommunications Issues and The World Information Summit", featured a discussion on some key telecommunications issues likely to affect US practice and what effect the agenda in the World Summit may, in turn, have on those issues. The presenter, Milda Hedblom, recently returned to Minnesota after serving as Executive Coordinator for the ITU for the World Summit in Geneva, Switzerland.


MSBA Communications Law Section
1999-2000 Annual Report

The primary effort of the Communications Law Section was the planning and presentation of its annual Telecommunications Law CLE, which took place in spring 2000. During the year, the section held several monthly meetings covering topics of current interest. Topics addressed during the monthly meetings included the Federal Communications Commission's new rules on low-powered FM radio stations, various proposals being considering by the Minnesota Legislature for the rewriting of laws governing telecommunications in Minnesota, and infrastructure backbone used within the state of Minnesota to handle internet traffic.

For the year 2000-2001, it is anticipated that the section will continue to present an annual telecommunications law CLE. Also, it is likely that the Minnesota Legislature will act upon various proposals for telecommunications law reform in the state, and there will likely be presentations and discussions concerning those issues.

Donald W. Niles, Chair


MSBA Communications Law Section
1996-97 Annual Report

The primary focus of the Communications Law Section this fiscal year has been in the area of education. With the dramatic changes occurring in the area of local competition for telephone services and in cable regulation, the section offered five one-hour CLEs and one seminar offering 6.0 hours of CLE credit.

The educational topics included: A discussion by the chair of the Public Utilities Commission regarding changes at that agency: conflicts of interest and electronic monitoring of employees. The full-day seminar covered a variety of topics of current interest.

The financial reports for the section show adequate income, and the section elected not to increase dues next year.

At the annual meeting in June 1997, the following new officers were elected: Christopher Sandberg, chair; Don Niles, secretary; Milda Hedblom, treasurer; and Brian Grogan, vice chair.

Susan Miles,
Chairperson

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