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MSBA’s New Lawyers Section (NLS) Annual Report – 2007-2008
Dan Gilchrist, Section Chair
The NLS had another productive year furthering its mission to represent new lawyers and to promote their involvement in the MSBA. My personal goal this bar year was to increase member involvement through a variety of useful activities, while at the same time improving the public image of lawyers. We furthered those goals through the hard work of many new lawyers, including the NLS officers and committee chairs. This report is respectfully submitted on their behalf.
II. Officers and Committee Chairs.
Erika Donner served as vice chair. Lacee Anderson served as secretary. Christina Weber served as treasurer. Jennifer Lurken served as CLE Committee chair. David Classen served as Community Service chair. Emily Finger and Katie Gettman each served partial terms as the Social Committee chair. Shanda Pearson and Margaux Soeffker acted as co-editors of our quarterly newsletter, The Hearsay. Additionally, almost two dozen other NLS members acted as liaisons to other MSBA sections and committees.
Elections for the upcoming bar year were held during our May 2008 Council meeting. Erika Donner was elected chair. Lacee Anderson was elected vice chair. Christina Weber was elected treasurer. Charles Delbridge was elected secretary.
III. Social/Community Events.
A. The MSBA NLS teamed up with the Ramsey County and Hennepin County New Lawyers for an annual NLS Spring Social and food shelf fundraiser, held on April 24th, 2008. It was a huge success. The April 24th event was attended by about 130 new lawyers and raised nearly $3,000 dollars and collected several pounds of food, which was all donated to the Second Harvest Heartland food shelf. The event helped hundreds of local families.
V. ABA Involvement.
NLS members are very active in ABA events and ABA politics. The Minnesota delegation at the ABA’s Young Lawyer Division conferences and at its Assembly meetings is known around the country as an active and a large group. This year was no exception. The NLS sent numerous delegates and representatives to the ABA Young Lawyers Division conferences and Assembly in order to influence the ABA, to cement relationships, and to encourage new attorneys to become active in the MSBA and ABA. Two of our active members, Jennifer Daugherty and Mike Miller, were also active in the ABA. Jennifer as a YLD district representative and Mike as a House of Delegates member.
Four of our very active members, including officers and committee chairs, were named “Up and Coming Lawyers” for 2008 by Minnesota Lawyer.
I am proud of the accomplishments of our NLS members this bar year. The free CLEs, the ABA involvement, the high-school and law school outreach, the Toys for Tots fundraiser, and the food shelf fundraiser are just some of the many ways that the MSBA New Lawyers Section is bringing lawyers together to strengthen the community and the profession. I applaud our NLS members that continue to take time from their schedule to get involved. It is on their behalf that this report is respectfully submitted.
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