Annual Reports

Business Law Section
Annual Report


Section Membership
As of 06/19/20 the Section has 883 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $43,419.58 as of March, 2020.

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

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Selecting Entities and Forming Corporations Under the Minnesota Business Corporation Act



1.0 Standard


Representing Hispanic Business Owners - Using Culture for Success



1.0 Elimination of Bias


Banking Bad - Legal Issues and Considerations when Lending to the Cannabis Industry



1.0 Standard


The Coronavirus Shutdown: The Impact on the Economy, Labor & Employment, and Borrowers

Co-sponsored with Turnaround Management Association






The Section sponsored or participated in a number of networking outreach events with local law schools:

  • University of Minnesota Law School Meet the Bar event, Fall 2019
  • University of St. Thomas Meet the Bar event, Winter 2020
  • Mitchell Hamline Meet the Bar event, Fall 2019
  • Corporate Meets Counsel hosted by University of Minnesota Law School and Carlson School of Management, Winter 2020

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held virtually on 5/5/20. 

The following council members were newly elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2024:
          Emmett Robertson
          Brad Schmidt

The following council members were newly re-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2024:         
          Marty Rosenbaum
          Wade Wacholz
          Peter Nelson

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:
         Section Chair: Jonathan Levy             
         Section Vice-Chair: Wade Wacholz
         Secretary: Kimberly Lowe           
         Treasurer: Sjur Midness

Diversity and Inclusion
What diversity and inclusion goals did the Section include in the 2019-2020 work plan, how did you approach these goals, and what was the result?

  • Goal #1:         Adopt a Diversity & Inclusion Plan
    We have begun drafting a Diversity & Inclusion Plan, which we intend to complete at the first Executive Council meeting in 2020-2021 
  • Goal #2          Consider joint programming with law schools, affinity bar associations or other organizations to educate diverse legal professionals on business law careers. We networked with law students, including diverse law students, at various law school networking events
  • Goal #3:         Continue support for LegalCORPS or other similar organizations involved in initiatives for providing legal services to diverse communities. We supported LegalCORPS with a $5,000 contribution, and highlighted opportunities to volunteer with LegalCORPS through the year

Submitted By:
Jon Nygren, Section Chair
Date 6/30/2020