Children and the Law Section
Annual Report
2020-2021

 

Section Membership
As of June 25, 2021 the Section has 184 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $7,097.34as of May 31, 2021.

 CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 3 events in fiscal year 2020-21. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

# of Attendees

COVID, Students and Trauma

05/13/2021

354740

1.5 Standard

22

Children and the Law Panel - Beginning Your Legal Career in Juvenile Law

04/23/2021

341930

1.5 Standard

22

State of the Child Summit - Removal and Reunification

10/23/2020

328444

4.0 Standard

51

 
Annual Meeting and Election Results
 The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on April 8, 2021.

The following council member was newly-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022:

  • Rebecca Wanous, Autism Advocacy and Law Center LLC

 The following council members were re-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2023:

  • Azure Schermerhorn-Snyder, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
  • Wendy Watson

The following council member is serving existing term on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2022:

  • Lilian Ejebe, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Thank you to outgoing council member:

  • Kimberley Woods Vanselow, Khanh Tran Law Office

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022:

Chair: Cresston Gackle, Cresston Law LLC
Vice-Chair: Jennifer Thompson, JLT Law & Mediation\
Secretary-Treasurer: Nathaniel Gurol, Autism Advocacy and Law Center LLC

 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Section created 3 concrete actions to improve the process by which we address diversity, equity and inclusion:

  1. Bring in a trauma informed advocacy expert to do a CLE for section members, and develop handout/materials to use in court or create a standing memo of law.
  2. Reach out to affinity groups, specifically reach out to members and invite them to present.
  3. More collaboration with other bar association to diversify membership and develop long lasting relationships with members. 

Submitted By:
Wendy Watson, Section Chair
Date: 6/25/2021