Section Committees

Several committees develop and implement the many programs of the Probate and Trust Law Section. Volunteers wishing to make a difference in the practice of probate and trust law in Minnesota are encouraged to contact the chairs of the committee on which they wish to serve. Please note that membership in some of the committees is limited.

Diversity and Inclusion
Chair, Joshua Hillger

This committee is tasked with implementing and updating the Section’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan (initially adopted May 2015). The Plan seeks to ensure all members are able to fully and meaningfully participate in the Section and its work and to advance the Section’s progress towards a diverse membership and a culture of leadership that fosters inclusion.

Education
Co-Chairs, Adam Rohne and Joel Sommers

The Education Committee develops, coordinates and presents programs to enhance the practice of Section members. Programs include the annual two-day Probate and Trust Law Section Conference and the Charitable Giving Institute.

Federal Taxation
Chair, Michael Ostrem

The Federal Taxation Committee monitors and reports on federal legislation and IRS rules that impact the practice of estate planning.

Governance
Chair, Jennifer Lammers

Greater Minnesota Involvement
Chair, Brandon Emundson

The Greater Minnesota Involvement Committee brings issues to and from Section members that practice outside of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. This important committee makes sure that issues specific to those who live in the far reaches of our great state are aired.

Legislation 
Co-Chairs, Lauren Barron and Cameron Seybolt

The Legislation Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding laws and rules that impact the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law in Minnesota. The section is active in the drafting of legislation and lobbying efforts related to new statutes and amendments to existing law.

Newsletter 
Co-Chairs, Kiley Henry and Jennifer Colich

The Probate and Trust Law Newsletter is a primary vehicle for informing Section members of the activities of the Section. Volunteers are needed to compile information, provide articles and maintain this important resource.

Judiciary and Litigation 
Co-Chairs, Kirstin Helmers and Marya Robben

The Judiciary and Litigation Committee has two functions: it monitors and reports on important court decisions and initiates legal challenges when Section leadership deems it appropriate.

Technology and Innovation
Chair, Steven Nys

The Technology Committee maintains the Section website and is developing the Practicelaw website, an Internet toolbox for Section members. Both computer-savvy and non-computer-savvy volunteers are needed to provide content and expertise for these two sites.

Public Service
Chair, Susan Link and Jen Santini

Wills for Heroes Program: http://www.mnbar.org/willsforheroes/