Annual Report

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Elder Law Section
Annual Report
2021-2022

 

Section Membership
As of June 15, 2022 the Section has 465 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $25,173.78 as of April 30, 2022.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 12 events in fiscal year 2021-22. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Attendees

Virtual/

In-person/

Hybrid

Elder Law 101 | Planning for Aging Clients - The Intersection of Elder Law and Estate Planning

06/16/2022

458702

1.0 Standard

64

Virtual

Palliative Care, Hospice and End of Life Choices

06/07/2022

457318

1.5 Standard

79

Virtual

 

The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare Appeals - Parts A & B, Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drugs (Part D)

05/13/2022

450939

1.5 Standard

54

Virtual

Emerging Issues in Long-Term Care

04/21/2022

449574

2.0 Standard

78

Virtual

Elder Law 101 | Intake and Medical Assistance Issue Spotting

03/17/2022

447040

1.0 Standard

57

Virtual

Elder Law 101 | Medical Assistance Basics

02/17/2022

443669

1.0 Standard

65

Virtual

Elder Law 101 | Will contests---Practical steps from initial contact to trial

01/20/2022

438431

1.0 Standard

46

Virtual

Proposed Changes to the Minnesota Veterans Homes Administrative Rules

01/11/2022

433083

1.0 Standard

42

Virtual

Elder Law 101| Special Needs Trusts – The Basics

12/16/2021

427993

1.0 Standard

48

Virtual

Elder Law 101 | Contested Guardianships and Conservatorships

11/18/2021

422315

1.0 Standard

61

Virtual

Elder Law 101 | Emotional Aspects of Guardianship and Conservatorships

10/21/2021

412285

1.0 Standard

36

Virtual

Elder Law 101 | Introduction to Estate Planning and Elder Law Planning Impacting Solo Older Adults

09/16/2021

402882

1.0 Elimination of Bias

77

Virtual


Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 24, 2022 and 26 people attended.

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2022 to 6/30/2024:

  • Amber Hildebrandt
  • John Austin
  • Laura Orr
  • Marit Peterson
  • Mary Frances Price
  • Cathryn Reher
  • Bridget-Michaele Reischl
  • Suzanne Scheller
  • Traci Sherman
  • Ruthanne Vos
  • Maya Missaghi
  • Kate Graham
  • Bobbi Hermanson-Albers
  • Lori McLaughlin
  • Margaret M. Cook
  • Christy DePasquale

The following council members are serving the second year of their 2-year term from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2023:

  • Callyn Bedker
  • Jill Sauber
  • Julian Zweber
  • Alexus Anderson
  • Joshua Damberg
  • Gordon Solo
  • Genevieve Gaboriault
  • Joel Smith
  • Lucas Spaeth
  • Daniel Steinhagen
  • Lauren Fink
  • Brenna Galvin
  • John Kantke

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2022 to 6/30/2023:

  • Chair – Callyn Bedker
  • Vice Chair – Lauren Fink
  • Treasurer – Jill Sauber
  • Secretary – Genevieve Gaboriault

Thank-you to the following outgoing council members:

  • Jennifer Wright
  • Suzanne Sandahl
  • Mary Ebb
  • Emily Weichsel – will continue to serve as Pro Bono Committee Chair

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
This year, the Education Committee and Diversity Committee sections merged into one committee.  Some of the CLEs presented focused on issues involving veterans, single elderly clients, and special needs clients.

Other Section Accomplishments
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) attempted to promulgate rules with severe negative impacts on Minnesota veterans without seeking any input from interested stakeholders, including the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association.  Several members of the Elder Law Section provided testimony at the MDVA hearing, filed letters noting the issues with the proposed rules, and the Section Chair filed an affidavit regarding the lack of input sought by MDVA in the rule making process.

Submitted By:
Amber M. Hildebrandt, Section Chair
Date 6/28/22