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MSBA Military & Veterans Affairs Section
Annual Report

Section Membership
As of June 3rd, 2013 the Section has 97 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $1275.64 as of April 30th, 2013.

Continuing Legal Education Programs
The Section hosted 2 CLE programs in fiscal year 2012-13. 

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

How to Navigate the Veterans Preference Act



1 Std


ULC Deployed Parents Visitation and Custody Act (co-sponsored with Family Law Section)



1 Std



Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on 5/29/13 and 16 people attended.

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

Johanna Clyborne, Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich
Thomas Kayser, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi
Brad Johnson, Hennepin County Attorneys Office
Sara Sommarstrom, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Vildan Teske, Crowder, Teske, Katz & Micko
Ryan Zipf, League of Minnesota Cities

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

Chair: Mathew Meyer, Moss & Barnett
Vice Chair: Duwane Snyder, Central Minnesota Law
Treasurer: Lyndsey Olson, Minnesota Army National Guard
Secretary: Ryan Zipf, League of Minnesota Cities
Past Chair: John Baker, Baker Williams


Other Section Accomplishments

This was the first full year for the new Section.  The first year goals included:

  1. Create a network of those attorneys who are veterans and those that want to work with veterans and the military.
  1. Ensure that the Bar is educated on the unique issues of veterans and service members.
  1. Sponsor CLEs to help accomplish number 1 and 2.
  1. Continue to expand the Military & Veterans Affairs Section Pro Bono List-Serv that has been set up to assist those service members and their families that are having legal difficulties because of recent or current deployments.
  1. Creating and supporting legislation to help veterans and service members.
  1. Quarterly meetings of the membership.
  1. Mentoring veterans and service members who are either brand new to the profession or are working their way through law school.


Many of these goals were met.  During the next year the membership of the Section will continue to meet these goals and expand into other areas.

The section was also active in several legislative items throughout the year.   

Section leadership participated in the General Assembly.  When asked the Section also acted on issues from other Sections and Committees.

Members of the section council were active in presenting several CLEs to outside groups.

Submitted By:
John Baker, Section Chair










- Last Updated 06/19/2013 -

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