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Annual Report

2012-13

 

Section Membership

As of June 1, 2013, the Section has 158 members. This is an increase of 9 section members since June 1, 2012.

 

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $3,425 as of April 30, 2013.

 

Continuing Legal Education Programs

The Section hosted 7 CLE programs in fiscal year 2012-13. 

 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

The Deferred Action for America’s Immigrant Youth Announcement

8-15-12

170431

1.5

46

A Litigation Toolkit for Taking Your Denied Employment Based Petition to Federal Court

10-30-12

172722

2

19

Immigration 101: Introduction to Immigration Basics

11-16-12

173582

2

23

Pro Bono Volunteer Training

1-28-13

174863

2

34

SSI and Immigrants

1-29-13

175142

1.5

40

Big Impact Litigation

2-14-13

174480 

1

18

Pro Bono Volunteer Training 2

4-5-13

177901

2.5

33

 

 

Annual Meeting and Election Results

 

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 3, 2013.

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014:

 

  1. Candelario Arredondo, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
  2. DeAnne Hilgers, Linquist Vennum
  3. Barry Cattadoris, Cundy & Martin, LLC
  4. Malee Ketelsen, Ketelsen Law Office
  5. Tara Kalar, University of Minnesota

 

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

 


Chair:             Veronica Walther

Vice-Chair:    Ruslan Bocancea

Treasurer:      Robert Webber

Secretary:       Matthew P. Webster


 

Other Section Accomplishments

 

The Section also established a virtual pro bono clinic this year.  The clinic is designed to help individuals in need in our community who have simple I-90 (greencard renewal), I-130 (petition for relative), and N-600 (certificate of citizenship).  Individuals need to meet income requirements and the clinic matches them up with an attorneys and a law student. 

 

The clinic is in the process of creating a roster of volunteer attorneys to meet the demands of the community.  The section’s pro bono committee is working to address this issue.   We have hosted trainings for lawyers and will continue to do so.  We are also working on an initiative to reach out to larger law firms to meet our needs.

 

More information can be found on the section webpage at the MSBA.

 

I want to thank everyone for their hard work this year.  I had the pleasure to work with great people both at the MSBA office, on the pro bono committee and on my executive committee and council.  I wish them the best in the coming year.

 

Submitted By:

George Maxwell, Section Chair

Date 6-25-13

 

- Last Updated 07/16/2013 -

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