Annual Report

Annual Report
MSBA Antitrust Section
2019 - 2020

 

Section Membership
As of June 25, 2020 the Section has 130 members. 

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $6,340.69 as of May 31, 2020. 

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 4 events in fiscal year 2019-20.  

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

# of Attendees

Baby Hold On – Recent Developments at the DOJ Antitrust Division

10/22/2019

279033

1.0 Standard

 28

Antitrust Issues in Agriculture with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

2/18/2020

287550

1.0 Standard

 
62

New Changes on the Horizon? Updates on Proposals Related to Fraud and Abuse and Vertical Integration

5/21/2020

306570

1.0 Standard

 
42

A Year in Review – Antitrust Developments 2019-2020

6/17/2020

304639

1.0 Standard

73

 

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 17, 2020 and 73 people attended. 

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

Brian Clark
David Ernst
Isaac Hall
Mark Jacobson
Geoffrey Kozen
Richard Landon
Joe Meyer
Brant Penney
Josh Rissman
Mark Robbins
Erik Ruda
Anna Sallstrom
Aaron Gott
Jessica Servais
David Sluis
Molly Wilkens 

Emeritus Status:

W. Joseph Bruckner
Craig Coleman
Craig Davis
Richard Duncan
Daniel Hedlund
Peggy Kubicz Hall
Michael Lindsay
Ryan Marth
F. Matt Ralph
Heidi Silton
Jaime Stilson
Jim Long, Past Chair and Assembly Rep
Bethany Krueger Marks 

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021: 

Chair: Matt Piehl
Vice Chair: Michelle Looby
Secretary: James Nichols
Treasurer: Peter Schwingler

Diversity and Inclusion
We had a Section goal to “work with U of M Law School Professor Tom Cotter to interface with law students interested in antitrust law.”  We accomplished this goal.  We invited the antitrust students to all of our programs and some students attended.  I spoke to Professor Cotter’s class for an hour in March and Pete Schwingler spoke to them in April. I attended an event for students of all three law schools at the U of M in the fall.  Professor Cotter moderated our year end program. 

We also had a Section goal to “Select two diversity representatives, create an initial section diversity plan and take steps to implement diversity initiatives.”  We did select two diversity representatives (Michelle Looby and Mark Robbins) but otherwise did not accomplish these goals.  I expect this to be a focus next year.

Other Section Accomplishments
We had a section goal to increase attendance.  We surpassed this goal – despite only having 4 programs (due to Covid 19 issues) all programs were very well attended.  The February CLE with AG Keith Ellison was a huge success – with over 60 in attendance and we surpassed 70 for our annual  meeting and program. 

We also had a section goal to “Emphasize pro bono at council meetings and at programs.”  We achieved this goal.  I spoke about the importance of pro bono at our fall CLE, Steve Marchese (MSBA) spoke about pro bono at our February CLE, Tom Walsh (VLN) spoke about pro bono at the May CLE and Lilia Panteleeva (CLC) spoke about pro bono at the June CLE.  In addition, we were one of the sections to formally endorse the uniform pro bono reporting proposal that was then approved by the MSBA Assembly and is going up to the Minnesota  Supreme Court. 

We added four new members to the Council – all established antitrust lawyers who will bring new blood and new ideas.

Given the unprecedent events of the first half of 2020, I think the Section had a very good year. 

Submitted By:
James Long, Section Chair
Date: June 30, 2020