Military & Veterans Affairs Section

Annual Report


Section Membership
As of June 19, 2017, the Section has 106 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $1,618.61 as of May 31, 2017.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 2 CLE programs in fiscal year 2016-17.  

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Legislative Update and Confronting Sexual Assault & the Military Justice System and Annual Meeting and Social

May 24, 2017



2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits and 1.0 Standard Credit


Employing Those Who Serve Our Nation - Employers' Rights and Responsibilities under USERRA and the FMLA(co-sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section)

November 3, 2016


1.0 Standard


Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 24, 2017 and 26 people attended.

The following Officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council starting July 1, 2017:

Chair:  Johanna Clyborne, Brekke Clyborne & Ribich LLC
Vice-Chair:  Sara Sommarstrom, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Treasurer:  Vildan Teske, Teske Micko Katz Kitzer & Rochel PLLP
Secretary:   Cumah Blake, Office of Governor Mark Dayton
Immediate Past Chair: Ryan Zipf, League of Minnesota Cities

The following candidates were re-elected and/or will continue to serve on the Section’s Governing Council starting July 1, 2017:

Council Members:
Patrick Arneson, League of Minnesota Cities 
J. Bradley, Cornerstone Family Law LLC
Walter Burk, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Miles Camp, Attorney at Law
Bethany Danner, Patton Hoversten & Berg PA
Mathew Meyer, Meyer Law Office
Lyndsey Olson, Minnesota National Guard
Nicholas Slade, Attorney at Law
Victoria Taylor, Crossroads Legal Services LLC

The following candidate was newly-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council starting July 1, 2017:

Cumah Blake

Diversity and Inclusion 

Section conducted a CLE that qualified for elimination of bias credit focused on the handling of sexual assault and harassment within the military justice system, and the protection and legal rights of sexual assault survivors.    

Other Section Accomplishments

The Section’s amicus committee submitted a joint amicus brief (with the Family Law Section) in Mattson v. Mattson before the Minnesota Court of Appeals analyzing the effect of a United States Supreme Court decision on negotiated division of a veteran’s military disability benefits in a martial dissolution.  

Submitted By:
Ryan Zipf, Section Chair
Date: June 2017