Association News

Pro Bono Publico Awardees
John M. Koneck
Pro Bono Publico Award for Distinguished Service
 
For more than 30 years, John Koneck has helped clients with all types of debtor-creditor issues, real estate transactions, and real estate-related litigation. Throughout those years he has also lent his expertise and skill to innumerable pro bono cl....
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Annual Awards: Call for Nominations
Celebrating Our Values:
 
In establishing awards, an association proclaims its core values and celebrates those exemplars of its ideals, raising them up as models for emulation.  In every survey of our members, we hear that a key function of our association should be to hold high the values of the profession and help pass on those ....
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Early Pipeline Efforts Aim to Diversify Future Generation of Lawyers
Hennepin County is home to a robust legal community that employs thousands in various legal careers, but the demographics of the local legal workforce do not mirror the community it serves.
 
The HCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, co-chaired by Christine Yun Sauer and Paul Dieseth, hopes that the future legal workforce will reflect the diverse peo....
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Seeking Volunteers for Citizenship Ceremony at Hamline Nov. 16
The HCBA Community Relations Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with naturalization ceremonies on Nov. 16 at Hamline University School of Law. Volunteers are needed to help with us....


Win-Win-Win Opportunities in Misdemeanor Defense
For nearly 30 years, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has included a valuable facet:  the Misdemeanor Defense Project (MDP).  Functioning at its best—as it almost alwa....


The Hennepin Lawyer Publishes Literary Issue

The November 2012 issue of The Hennepin Lawyer is the magazine’s second foray into the literary world of r....


Pro Bono Publico Awardees
John M. Koneck
Pro Bono Publico Award for Distinguished Service
 
For more than 30 years, John Koneck has helped clients with all types of debtor-creditor ....


Annual Awards: Call for Nominations
Celebrating Our Values:
 
In establishing awards, an association proclaims its core values and celebrates those exemplars of its ideals, raising them up as models for emulation.&....


Early Pipeline Efforts Aim to Diversify Future Generation of Lawyers
Hennepin County is home to a robust legal community that employs thousands in various legal careers, but the demographics of the local legal workforce do not mirror the community it serves.
 
The ....


HCBA/HCBF Notices of Election
HCBA Board and Officer Positions
 
To:           Members of the HCBA
From:      Thaddeus R. Lightfoot, Secr....


Inside View: Living the Dream
Technology. If there is one common denominator amongst attorneys—from solos to large firms, from anti-trust to zoning, from brand new to vintage—it is our shared concern about how to understand, incorpor....


Nearly a Half-Century of Partnership: The HCBA, HCBF, and VLN
The roots of today’s Volunteer Lawyers Network reach back to 1966 when it was formed by “a group of young lawyers who didn’t think their full-time private practices had to keep them from carrying o....


Diversity & Inclusion: Taking the Initiative to Do More, Do Better
Not to be provocative (he writes with a wink), but—truth be told—our legal profession, and our bar associations, and some of our law firms, were for quite a while (sometimes unintentionally, but for far ....


Executive Perspective: Why I'm Not a Lawyer
Following the recap of my day, which included attending a swearing-in ceremony for new judges, my youngest daughter asked, “Would you like to be a judge?” I explained that one had to be a lawyer first in....


Golf Classic Raises $16,000: Celebrates Fun, Fellowship, and Competition
Extending a 84-year tradition of HCBA golf outings, 90 golfers hit the greens on August 11 at Burl Oaks Golf Club in Minnetrista in what is now the annual Golf Classic to benefit the Hennepin County Bar Foundation. ....


Meet Tom Nelson: 2014-2015 HCBA President
The most obvious question about Tom Nelson is whether there is more than one of him. Perhaps he has found the secret to cloning himself. Nelson has handled such a wide variety of legal matters that, when he started ....


HCBA Executive Committee Welcomes New Members
Meet HCBA Secretary: Thaddeus Lightfoot
 
Thaddeus Lightfoot has accomplished much in his career, and he has the drive and vision to accomplish great things as the HCBA’s ne....


VLN Annual Meeting Celebrates the Past, Anticipates the Future
On Thursday, June 19, the board and committed supporters of Volunteer Lawyers Network gathered at Dorsey & Whitney to formally transition leadership for the coming year, to review accomplishments, and identify c....


Recent Developments in Minnesota Receiverships
Brief Background
 
Receiverships long predate the federal bankruptcy statutes. Receiverships arose in the courts of equity in England, as early as the 16th century, whe....


Filings Close for 2014 Judicial Elections
Four judicial races in the Hennepin County District Court will keep candidates busy through the fall elections in November.   Filings for the 2014 election season began on Tuesday, May 20, and ran through ....


Revamping Our Membership Publications: A Call for Volunteers
With this issue, it’s time to say goodbye to inside The Hennepin Lawyer. TheiTHL newsletter was created as a cost saving measure during some now forgotten financial crunch—a newsletter ....


HCBA Awards: Honoring Diversity and Advancement of Justice
A membership association has the opportunity to emphasize its values by recognizing individuals and entities that reflect those values in their lives and practices. It is a pleasure to hold up such individuals publi....


Reaching Out to the Community Near and Far
Reaching Out to the Community, Near and Far
 
 
Graduation Coaches
 
Who was a positive adult role model for you when you were grow....


In Memorium: 2014 Bar Memorial
Each spring in a special session of the Hennepin County District Court, the bench and the bar pause to recognize colleagues who have recently passed away. This year 49 attorneys were memorialized in a solemn but....


Applications Invited for Service on MSBA Governance Boards
To: HCBA Members
From: Paul Floyd, HCBA Secretary
 
The Hennepin County Bar Association has representative positions on the MSBA Council and the MSBA Assembly.
 
Any inte....


1L Minority Clerkships Provide Valued Summer Opportunities
Since adopting the 1L Minority Clerkship Program last fall, the HCBA’s efforts have resulted in considerable progress. First, information sessions were held at all four Minnesota law schools as part of recruit....


Bar Memorial 2014
On April 30, the Hennepin County legal community will again celebrate the tradition of remembering and honoring members of our profession who passed away during this past year or so.  Chief Judge Peter Cahill w....


Bar Benefit 2014: A Record Year!
Bar Benefit 2014: A Record Year!
 
The Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF) held its 34th annual Bar Benefit on March 11. By every measure the event was a great succes....


Banks Support Access to Justice
For many years the interest on lawyers trust accounts (IOLTA) has helped fund legal services across the nation, including in Minnesota since 1982. Rather than requiring separate and detailed accounting of each clien....


Hennepin County Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants for Leadership
HCBF board and officer positions: Application deadline May 16
 
The Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF) is seeking applications for open seats on its Board of Directors and for ....


Opportunities To Give: Books and Clothing Needed
 
New Lawyers Section Sponsors Book Drive
 
New lawyers and law students are joining forces to host a book drive to benefit Books for Africa, a non-profit organization....


HCBA Notice of Election
To:       Members of the HCBA
From:   Paul Floyd, Secretary
 
Any interested member is invited to apply for  election to serve as any of the fol....


HCBA Annual Awards: Call for Nominations
Celebrating Our Values:
 
In establishing awards, an association proclaims its core values and celebrates those exemplars of its ideals, raising them up as models for emulation.&....


HCBA Notice of Election
To:       Members of the HCBA
From:   Paul Floyd, Secretary
 
Any interested member is invited to apply for election to serve as any of the following....


Pro Bono Publico Awardees to be Honored at the Annual Bar Benefit
The Pro Bono Publico awards, recognizing service to the community, will be presented on March 11 at the Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s Bar Benefit. These awards are given to three individuals who have person....


HCBF Announces Over $100,000 in Grants for Women's Programs
The Hennepin County Bar Foundation is excited to announce that it has awarded over $100,000 in special grants to three local organizations for projects focused on women’s issues. The grants were funded from a ....


Your President Reports: You Know How to Whistle, Don't You
So, you are sitting in your office, happily working away on a file. Whistle-while-you- work, la-dee-dah, bill, bill, bill. Then you get an email or a phone call from someone, probably a client or opposing counsel on....


Charity Golf Classic 2013: Supporting the Bar Foundation
At Burl Oaks Golf Club on August 12, the Hennepin County Bar Foundation held its charity golf classic, continuing an 83-year tradition. Over 100 golfers played this year. T....


Making Connections as a New Lawyer

As a new lawyer seeking to further my legal career, I joined the HCBA and the American Bar Association, and ....


The Fragility of the Rule of Law: Lessons Learned from the Third Reich

Continuing his commitment to community outreach on the rule of law, Chief Judge Michael Davis, on behalf of ....


The Affordable Care Act: Avoid Being Scammed



Batter Up: 2013 HCBA Summer Softball League
 Sixteen teams played in the 2013 HCBA Summer Softball League. After an exciting regular season of play, the league concluded with a seeded tournament won by....


New Lawyers: A Successful Year
For the year 2012-13 bar year, the HCBA New Lawyers Section (NLS) responded to the many challenges that new lawyers face early in their careers. Membership in the NLS helps new lawyers establish a legal identity, be....


Examining Diversity in the Legal Profession
 Examining Diversity in the Legal Profession
 
 
The HCBA believes it is critical to cultivate greater divers....


HCBA Awards: Honoring Professionalism, Diversity, and Advancement of Justice
A membership association has the opportunity to emphasize its values by recognizing individuals and entities that reflect those values in their lives and practices. It is a pleasure to hold up such individuals publi....


New Lawyers and Law Students Collect 2,500 Books for Africa
The HCBA New Lawyers Section, working with the MSBA New Lawyers Section and law students from the four area law schools, celebrated their huge success in the book drive benefitting Books for Africa. Th....


To the Editor
To:     THL
From:   Phil Duran, legal director with OutFront MN.
Re:    May Issue
 
Thank you for the informative article, “Cohabitation Agre....


Cohabitation Agreements in Minnesota: Get It in Writing
An apparently inescapable trend in our society is the fact that more and more people are either delaying marriage or forgoing marriage altogether in favor of cohabitating. Research by the U.S. Department of Health a....


Contested Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings
Guardianship and conservatorship proceedings provide a mechanism by which a vulnerable person, unable to safely or adequately make certain decisions for him or herself may have an individual appointed with the autho....


The Tipping Point: When and Why Clients Seek the Counsel of an Elder Law Attorney
The “tipping point” is an expression rooted in the study of epidemiology. The tipping point is defined as the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development. In ....


Legal Expo 2013: Lawyers Reach Out to Local Teens
It could have been the set of an action movie: crime lab personnel, a canine unit, a bomb squad robot, and law enforcement officers; but instead of a hollywood hero, the additional elements were volunteer attorneys,....


Bar Benefit 2013: A Great Night for Fun and Fundraising
The Hennepin County Bar Foundation held its annual Bar Benefit on March 7. By every measure the event was a great success. The Bar Benefit raises money for the bar foundation and Volunteer Lawyers Network, and honor....


HCBA Annual Awards: Call for Nominations
Celebrating Our Values:
 
In establishing awards, an association proclaims its core values and celebrates those exemplars of its ideals, raising them up as models for emulation.&....


Bar Memorial 2013
On April 17, the legal profession will once again have the somber but special opportunity to gather together to remember—and to honor—members of our profession who passed away during this past year or so....


HCBA Hosts 3rd Urban Debate League Tournament
Over 40 middle school students filled the halls of the Minnesota Law Center on March 6 for a policy debate tournament hosted by the HCBA and the Minnesota  Urban Debate League. The HCBA, MSBA, VLN, and Minnesot....


Hennepin County Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants for Leadership
HCBF board and officer positions:
Application deadline May 15
 
The Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF) is seeking applications for open seats on its Boa....


Opportunities To Give: Books and Clothing Needed
New Lawyers Section Sponsors Book Drive
 
New lawyers and law students are joining forces to host a book drive to benefit Books for Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to ....


HCBA Notice of Election
To:       Members of the HCBA
From:   Kim Lowe, Secretary
 
Any interested member is invited to apply for  election to serve as any of the follo....


33rd Annual Bar Benefit to Honor Pro Bono Publico Awardees
The Pro Bono Publico awards, recognizing service to the community, will be presented on March 7 at the Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s Bar Benefit.  These awards are given to three individuals who have p....


Duane Stanley Looks Back on 25 Years at the HCBA
“Do we really need a fax machine?” a former executive director of the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) pressed Duane Stanley. “Will law firms really use it, or is this a waste of HCB....


Expanded Leadership Opportunities Opened by New HCBA Bylaws
At the January meeting of the HCBA Board of Directors, the board unanimously adopted extensive revisions to the HCBA’s bylaws, the product of over 18 months of work by a subcommittee of the Finance & Plann....


Build the Diversity Pipeline: Volunteers Needed for March 6 Debate
The HCBA is committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession for future generations and is excited to partner with the Minnesota Urban Debate League in these efforts.  By exposing urban students to lega....


Executive Exchange: Honoring and Serving Profession
Not long ago I received a lovely little booklet in the mail from Fredrickson & Byron. It was beautifully designed and typeset, on quality paper that felt good in my hands. But why I kept it was for the pages at ....


Members Choose Between Judicial Candidates
Results are in on the HCBA members’ preference poll between candidates in contested seats for judicial positions in the 2012 election. As it has for decades, the HCBA requested that members express their prefe....


Judicial Candidates
Seat 22 - Hennepin County District Court
 
Candidate: Steven E. Antolak
www.voteantolak.com
 
EDUCATION

Charity Golf Classic: Supporting the Bar Foundation
On August 13, the Hennepin County Bar Foundation held at its annual charity golf classic. Over 120 golfers participated this year, enjoying perfect playing conditions, good camaraderie, and great fun at the Burl Oak....


Legal Services Spotlight: La Red de Abogados Voluntarios
La Red de Abogados Voluntarios (La Red) formerly Linea Legal Latina, the Spanish legal services program provided by Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) was founded in September 2005 by a unique partner....


Board Takes Position on Voter ID Amendment

The Board of Directors of the Hennepin County Bar Association took action at its September 11 meeting to oppose the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution th....


2012 MABL Gala

On Saturday, November 10, at the Minneapolis Marriott West, the membership of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) will again host its annual gala.

Judicial Elections Plebiscite
TO: HCBA Members
 
FROM: Chris Morris, HCBA Plebiscite        
     &nbs....


Building the Diversity Pipeline: Seeking Attorneys for Mentorships
The HCBA’s Diversity Committee is excited to announce that it has teamed with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Greater Twin Cities to create a Lawyer Pipeline Project for inner-city youth.
 <....


VLN Looks Ahead at Annual Meeting
Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) held their Annual Meeting on June 13, hosted at the offices of Faegre Baker Daniels.
 
The leadership gavel was passed from outgoing president Peter Goss to Ka....


Meet Thomas D. Jensen, 2012-2013 HCBA President
THL:  Tom, congratulations as you take the helm to serve as president of the HCBA. I am pleased to see yet another Norwegian stepping up to the plate in bar leadership.  Perhaps you can tell our rea....


HCBA Executive Committee Welcomes New Members
HCBA Secretary Kimberly Lowe and New Lawyers Section Chair Claire Gagnon
 
Two new members are joining the HCBA Executive Committee.  Kim Lowe begins a five-year....


HCBA Annual Meeting and Luncheon
The Hennepin County Bar Association celebrated its 93rd anniversary at its annual meeting and luncheon, held at the Marriot-City Center in downtown Minneapolis on May 24. Over 250 attorneys, judges, and guests gathe....


New Lawyers Close Out Incredible Year
The 2011-2012 bar year was a great success for the New Lawyers Section (NLS). The section provided new lawyers with unique opportunities to become involved in the local legal community.  It educated new members....


Call for Applications-Finance and Planning Committee
The Finance and Planning Committee is the primary budgeting, financial oversight, governance, and planning body of the association, and is composed of ex officio, appointed, and at-large elected positions.  The....


eFiling Goes Mandatory in Hennepin County
The move toward a statewide electronic case information environment took another big leap with the announcement by the Minnesota Judicial Branch of mandatory eFiling for most civil and all family cases effective Sep....


The 2012 LINC Program
The 2012 LINC program—Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community—concluded on June 5 with a graduation celebration luncheon at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club.
 
LINC is the bar asso....


Opportunity Knocks at the HCBA
A number of specific leadership opportunities are available at your bar association as well as numerous options for getting involved in the committees and sections of the association.
 
The associ....


HCBA Award Winners: Professionalism, Diversity, and Justice Awards
One valued opportunity of membership associations is the chance to emphasize their values by recognition of individuals and entities that reflect those values in their lives. It is a pleasure to hold up such individ....


We Are in the Business of Public Service
This is the mantra of our program coordinator of the HCBA Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). While most of the association’s pro bono efforts are accomplished through its partnership with the Volu....


Standing Down on the HCBA's "Call to Action" Regarding the Marriage Amendment
The issue of confirming what marriage legally means will be put to Minnesota voters in the November 2012 general election, by way of a proposed constitutional amendment that would adopt the meaning already laid out ....


Bar Foundation Seeks Board Applicants
HCBA members:
 
The Hennepin County Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Hennepin County Bar Association.  Each year, the officers of the HCBA appoint up to seven members to the Founda....


Legal Expo 2012: Reality-based Law and Order Education
Dun dunnn. That is the sound used in Law & Order to signify major scene changes. I can hear it, but I can’t spell it. I heard this sound in my head each time I walked into a different room at the 2012 Lega....


Bar Benefit: A Record-Setting Event
As they have done annually for 32 years, members of our profession gathered together at the Bar Benefit to raise money for the Hennepin County Bar Foundation and the Volunteer Lawyers Network, and to honor the outst....


Association Leadership Elected for 2012-2013
Election of HCBA leadership for the coming year took place at the March Board of Directors meeting when the board accepted the report of the Nominating Committee.  These individuals have been elected to leaders....


Bar Memorial 2012
Wednesday, April 11
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Thrivent Financial Auditorium
625 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis
 
Main Address:
Dean Thomas M. Mengler,  Univer....


A Muse and a Pen: Writers Welcome
If you are feeling the gentle prodding of literary expression, The Hennepin Lawyer would like to hear from you. The committee is looking for poetry, short stories, humorous anecdotes, or other artful insigh....


32nd Annual Bar Benefit to Honor Pro Bono Publico Awardees
The Pro Bono Publico awards, recognizing service to the community, will be presented on March 8 at the Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s Bar Benefit. These awards are given to three individuals who have persona....


HCBA Awards: Call for Nominations
In establishing awards, an association proclaims its core values and celebrates those exemplars of its ideals, raising them up as models for emulation. In every survey of our members, we hear that a key function of ....


HCBA Notice of Elections
HCBA Notice of Election
 
 
To:       Members of the HCBA
From:   Tom Nelson, Secretary
 
Any interes....


Meet Jewelie Grape, 2011-2012 HCBA President

We’re in Keys Café on Raymond in St. Paul.  The popular breakfast spot’s original location, dating back to 1973, is bustling on this beautiful Minnesota morning in May.  The coffee....


Welcome New Admittees

On Oct. 28 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, over 700 new attorneys will be sworn into the profession. Below, the chief judges of the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Di....


Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community: What I Learned from LINC

As I progressed in my career, I started getting approached about serving on various boards.  Although I have a strong drive to serve and felt honored and humbled to be asked, these invitations caused a ho....


2011 Charity Golf Classic: Supporting the Foundation

On August 8th, 110 golfers gathered to support the Hennepin County Bar Foundation at its annual charity golf classic.  It was, by all accounts, a beautiful day. Perhaps facilitated by the karmic sacrifice....


2011 MABL Gala: You’re Invited

The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) is the leading Minnesota minority bar association organized to promote and support the professional development of Black lawyers, judges, and law students. To ....


Help Build the Diversity Pipeline:

The HCBA is committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession for future generations and is excited to partner with the Minnesota Urban Debate League in these efforts.  By exposing urban students t....


Meet Jewelie Grape, 2011-2012 HCBA President

We’re in Keys Café on Raymond in St. Paul.  The popular breakfast spot’s original location, dating back to 1973, is bustling on this beautiful Minnesota morning in May.  The coffee....


HCBA Executive Committee Welcomes New Members

HCBA Secretary: Tom Nelson

If variety is the spice of life, Tom Nelson promises to bring a distinctive flavor to his position as the HCBA’s newly elected secretary.  His ....


Duane Stanley to Serve as Interim Executive Director

The Executive Committee has named Duane Stanley as interim executive director, to direct staff as they support the programs and policies of the association.  Stanley will serve in the interim role until t....


Probate Court Seeks Adjunct Judicial Officers

It is well-known that the courts are under serious strain, and that the current economic situation is unlikely to provide the courts with ample resources in the foreseeable future.  To help relieve this p....


HCBA Annual Meeting and Luncheon

The Hennepin County Bar Association celebrated its 92nd anniversary at its annual meeting and luncheon, held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis on May 17.  Over 250 attorneys, judges, and....


Opportunity Knocks at the HCBA

A number of specific leadership opportunities are available at your bar association as well as numerous options for getting involved in the committees and sections of the association. 

The asso....


Farewell Larry Buxbaum

When a young boy named Larry ventured out of New York City with his father to fish the lakes near the Adirondacks, little did he realize he was preparing for the final chapter of a long and varied career. But ....


Diversity Summit Showcases Online Resource

On April 28, 2011, the Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee convened the “First Annual Diversity Summit: Introducing the Minnesota Diversity Waves of the Future Resource Webpage.” Leonard, S....


HCBA Answers the Call: KARE 11 Phone-in

Eleven attorneys volunteered to answer calls during the KARE 11 “Ask-A-Lawyer” phone-in on Tuesday, May 3. The phone-in was a part of the HCBA’s activities to celebrate Law Week. Nearly 400 c....


HCBA Award Winners: Professionalism, Diversity, and Justice Awards

One valued opportunity of most membership associations is the chance to emphasize their values by recogn....


Bar Benefit 2011

The Hennepin County Bar Foundation held its annual Bar Benefit on March 8 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in....


Association Leadership Elected for 2011-2012

Election of HCBA leadership for the coming year took place at the March Board of Directors meeting when ....


Bar Memorial 2011

On April 20, we will once again have the somber but special opportunity to gather together to remember....


Lawyers Impacting Local Teens: Legal Expo

It could have been the set of a Die Hard action film: crime lab personnel, a canine unit, a bomb squad robot, and law enforcement officers; but instead of Bruce Willis, the additional elements were volunteer a....


Lawyers Impacting Local Teens: HCBA Debate Tournament

Volunteer lawyers shared their own experiences with debate and how it contributed to their professional choices before they served as debate judges for middle school debaters on March 10.  The HCBA’....


HCBA Awards: Call for Nominations

In establishing awards, an association proclaims its core values and celebrates those exemplars of its ideals, raising them up as models for emulation.  In every survey of our members, we hear that a key ....


31st Annual Bar Benefit to Honor Pro Bono Publico Awardees

On Tuesday, March 8, the legal community will enjoy the camaraderie of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s 31st annual Bar Benefit while they raise funds to support the foundation’s mission to ach....


Notice of Election

Any interested member is invited to apply for nomination or endorsement to serve as any of the following officers or representatives.  A chart of open positions is on HCBA Begins Search For New Executive Director

The Hennepin County Bar Association is seeking a new executive director following the retirement in 2011 of Larry Buxbaum, the current executive director.  The HCBA is a professional, nonprofit membership....


Attorneys Help Debate League

The Minnesota Urban Debate League kicked off its middle school debate season on November 11 at St. Paul Como High School.  Students from Minneapolis and St. Paul middle schools debated U.S. military strat....


Connecting Members with Their Association

Lawyers expect, and appreciate, receiving helpful information from their association.iPad Winner: Louise Sherman

Over 10 percent of the HCBA membership responded to the HCBA membership communications survey, earning t....


Debate and Citizenship: Opportunities for the Coming Year

The HCBA Community Relations Committee is excited to announce volunteer opportunities.2010 Charity Golf Classic: A Swinging Success

Let me, if only for a moment, indulge the growing cacophony of commentators remarking on our frigid econ....


2010 Summer Softball League

Twenty-two teams faced off in the 2010 HCBA Summer Softball League.  After eight weeks of regular season play, the season concluded with a seeded tournament won by Gray Plant Mooty. 

Congr....


Eminent Domain Section is the Place to Learn and Network

The Eminent Domain Section has one primary focus and that is to provide a forum for it’s members to learn and network. This section has a history of doing both well.

This Section has luncheon ....


Seeking New Blood

No, I’m not seeking participants in a blood drive; n....


The 2010 LINC Program

The 2010 LINC program—Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community—concluded on June 2 with a graduation luncheon ceremony at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club.

LINC is the bar association....


Meet Courtney Ward-Reichard, 2010-2011 HCBA President

Courtney Ward-Reichard of Nilan Johnson Lewis becomes the president of the Hennepin County Bar Association on July 1, 2010.  She talked with Past President Mary Vasaly about her background and her goals f....


HCBA Executive Committee Welcomes New Members

The HCBA welcomes its newly elected secretary, Eric Cooper....


Hon. Cara Lee Neville to Serve as ABA Secretary

At the American Bar Association’s February 2010 Midyear Meeting held in Orlando, Hennepin County District Court Judge Cara Lee Neville was nominated to serve as the Secretary of the American Bar Associat....


HCBA Annual Meeting & Luncheon

The Hennepin County Bar Association celebrated its 91st anniversary at its annual meeting and luncheon, held at Windows on Minnesota, 50th Floor IDS Center, on May 20. 

A capacity crowd of 250 ....


Membership Survey: Give Us Your Opinion and You Could Win an iPad

The Hennepin County Bar Associ....


Exemplars of Our Values: HCBA Grants Annual Awards

One valued opportunity of most membership associations is the chance to....


Generosity Abounds at Bar Benefit

The Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s annual Bar Benefit was held March 9, and once again, it was a wonderful evening of fellowship, fun, and f....


Sputniks and Law Day

The Hennepin Histor....


Q&A: Civil E-Filing Pilot Program

In the April issue of inside The Hennepin Lawyer, Nancy Peters introduced plans for an e-filing pilot project at Hennepin County District Court:  The Civil Electronic Filing Pilot Project.  As this p....


Bar Memorial 2010

Wednesday, April 28
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating Citizenship

In conjunction with efforts by the HCBA Community Relations Committee and the New Lawyers Section to tutor citizenship ap....


Legal Expo Educates and Inspires Teens

The Legal Expo 2010 was held on Wednesday, March 10, at the Earle

Civil E-Filing Pilot on Horizon for Hennepin County Courts

 

An e-filing pilot for civil cases in Hennepin County district court could be up and running by August 3....


Call for Nominations

Each year the HCBA recognizes both individuals and firms for their performance and contribution to the profession and to the advancement of justice. The awards panels welcome nominations.  Additional info....


Association Leadership Elected for 2010-2011

Election of HCBA leadership for the coming year took place at the March Board of Directors meeting, when the board accepted the report of the Nomina....


Larry Buxbaum Honored for Service to Legal Community

As part of its recognition of local lawyers with Attorney of the Year awards, Minnesota Lawyer a....


Pro Bono Service to be Recognized at 30th Annual Bar Benefit

The 30th annual Hennepin County Bar Foundation Bar Benefit on March 9 will offer great fellowship, a silent aucti....


Notice of Elections

To:          Members of the HCBA

2010 Bar Memorial Set for April 28

Mark your calendars for the annual Bar Memorial, set for 9:00 a.m., April....


Where’d It Go?

There may actually be one or even two members who noticed that this January issue of The Hennepin Lawyer (THL) is missing something that had been in each new year’s issue since 1991. The annual index of all artic....


Lawyers Reaching the Community

As the holiday season approaches, it is a good time to reflect on how....


White House Recognizes Lawyers for Pro Bono Work

The first National Pro Bono Celebration week exceeded expectations an....


Diversity in Legal Employment

The HCBA’s Diversity Committee was created in....


Attractive Nuisance Tour 2009

The Attractive Nuisance Tour (ANT) charity co....


Celebrate Pro Bono Week

The Hennepin County Bar Association will be taking part in the National Pro Bono Celebration scheduled for October 25 through 31, 2009. The celebration is a coordinated national effo....


2009 Charity Golf Classic: Building the Foundation

Beautiful weather marked the Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s annual ....


2009 Summer Softball League

Twent....


HCBA Annual Meeting

The Hennepin County Bar Association celebrated its 90th anniversary a....


Thank you HCBA Staff

We all know that great theater productions require the efforts of the....


Legal Expo: Teens Look at the Law

The 2009 Legal Expo was held on Thursday, Marc....


2009 Bar Benefit: A Record Year of Fundraising



HCBA Membership Committee: For You, Our Members

So 2009 began with doldrums of financial crisis, record corpo....


Reaching Out to the Community

Happy spring. On behalf of the HCBA Community Relatio....


2009 Bar Memorial

On April 22, we will once again have the opportunity to gather together to r....


Association Leadership Elected 2009-2010

Election of HCBA leadership for the coming bar year took place at the March ....


Call for Nominations - HCBA Awards

Each year the HCBA recognizes both individuals and firms for their performan....


HCBF Now Accepting Grant Requests

Through its grants, the Hennepin County Bar Foundati....


Pro Bono Publico Awardees Announced

On Tuesday, March 10, members of the legal community will enjoy the c....


Notice of Elections

To:  Members of the HC....


Diversity Hiring Statistics Now Available

New Lawyers Engaged with the Community

The holidays are here, and that means shopping....


A Muse and a Pen: Writers Welcome

If you are feeling the gentle prodding of literary expression, The Hennepin Lawye....


Win-Win-Win Opportunities in Misdemeanor Defense

For nearly thirty years, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service has ....


Be Our Guest

The Hennepin County Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and Minnesota Women Lawyers cordially invite you to share our excitement....


2008 Summer Softball League

Congratulations to the 19 teams that participated in the 2008 HCBA summer....


2008 Charity Golf Classic

Ideal weather and a beautiful course greeted golfers at the Hennepin County Bar Foun....


Green is Good: Not Just When Golfing

Popular culture long ago accepted that “green” is a professional value am....


HCBA 2007-2008 Annual Report

HCBA Celebrates a Year of Achievement

Have You Signed the Pledge?

In 1993, the Hennepin County Bar Associati....


Bar Benefit 2008: The Wrap Up

2008 Bar Memorial

On May 7, we will once again have the opportunity t....


Association Leadership Elected for 2008-2009

Election of HCBA leadership for the coming year took place at the ....


The Outdoors are Calling: Enjoy HCBA Summer Sports

It may not feel like the summer sun is on the horizon yet, but the ....


HCBA Puts on a Good Show: Legal Expo

Educating and inspiring teens about the law was the goal of the 2008 Legal Expo, which was held Tues....


Call for Nominations - HCBA Awards

Each year the HCBA recognizes both individuals and firms for their performance and contribution to the prof....


Bar Foundation is Now Accepting Grant Requests

Through its grants, the Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF) supports programs that provide direct l....


28th Annual Bar Benefit to Honor Pro Bono Publico Awardees

On Tuesday, March 11, members of the legal ....


Hennepin County Bar Association Notice of Election

2008 Bar Memorial Set for April 30

Mark your calendars for the annual Bar Memorial, set for 9:00 a.m., April 30, at the Thrivent Auditorium. Each year the Bar Memorial provides a un....


HCBA Leadership Opportunities: Call for Nominations

To:

Update on Diversity in the Legal Profession

During 2007, the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee c....


New Lawyers Host Toys for Tots

Local Lawyers Rally for the Rule of Law in Pakistan

It was unprecedented. 

Doing Well by Doing Good: HCBA’s Misdemeanor Defense Project

For over 25 years, the Hennepin County Bar Association has sponsor....


An Inside View



2007 Summer Softball League

Congratulations to all who participated in the 2007 ....


HCBA 2006-2007 Annual Report

HCBA Annual Meeting

The 88th Annual Meeting of the Hennepin County Bar Ass....


HCBA Puts on a Good Show: Legal Expo

Th....


Bar Benefit 2007: Another Record-Breaking Year

The 27th annual Bar Benefit was held March 13, and, as always, it was a wonderf....


2007 Bar Memorial

Once again, we will all have the opportunity to gather together to remember—and to honor....


Association Leadership Elected for 2007-2008

Election of HCBA leadership for the c....


Call for Nominations

Each year the HCBA recognizes both individuals and firms for their performance and con....


Fee Arbitration Program Reinstated

The Hennepin County Bar Association has reinstated its Legal Fee Ar....


Annual Bar Benefit to Recognize Pro Bono Awardees

“Fantastic! Exceptional!”  That is what we h....


New Mentoring Program Kicks Off

The Hennepin County Bar Association’s new LAWYER-2-LAWYER Mentoring Program is designed ....


Looking for Clients?

Join one of

HCBA Leadership Opportunities: Call for Nominations

To:       M....


New Lawyers Sections Bring Cheer to Toys for Tots

On Dec. 7, the New Lawyers Sections of the

Attractive Nuisance Tour: A Smashing Success

The Hennepin County Bar Foundation was honored to accept a check for $28,785 in proceeds from the fourth annual Attractive Nuisance Tour (ANT). Eve....


Diversity Committee Reports on Legal Employment Trends

Earlier this year, the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee collected data from law firms, corporate legal departments, and govern....


Fee Arbitration Program Relaunches

You may have begun to see an increasing number of references in HCBA communicatio....


Recognition Given To Grand T Builders for Katrina Efforts

It was by a quirk of fate in the summer of 2005 that Robert Timperley, of Grand T Build....


Mentoring Through Attorney Discussion Groups

“A fabulous opportunity to learn from, and to be inspired by your fellow attorneys.&n....


Lawyer Referral Expands to Serve Clients Online

The HCBA’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service is excited to announce the availability of online referrals beginn....


Become a Well-Rounded Leader

LINC 2007 is just around the corner.  The third year of the HCBA’s Leader....


2006 Summer Softball League

Congratulations to all bar members and friends who took part in the HCBA Summer Softball....


Charity Golf Classic: A Fundraising Success

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HCBA Recognizes Service and Diversity

The Diversity Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association has recognized the law firm of

HCBA Recognizes Professionalism

The Hennepin County ....


HCBA Annual Report 2005-2006

This year has been a significant journey for the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA). When I became the 87th p....


Notice of Proposed Bylaw Changes

Notice of proposed bylaw changes is hereby given as required by the bylaws of the Hennepin County Bar Associat....


CLE Reporting Deadline Approaches

The ....


2006 Legal Expo

2006 Legal Expo

2006 Bar Memorial



Pro Bono Honors

Recognizing Pro Bono Award Recipients:

Association Leadership Elected for 2006-2007

On the agenda of each March meeting of the HCBA Board of Directors is the election of leadership that will off....


New Date for Annual Meeting - May 25

Join your colleagues at the annual meeting of the Hennepin....


Bar Benefit 2006: The Wrap Up

The 26th ann....


We the Jury Program

Bar Benefit and Pro Bono Awards

March 2, 2006 is the date for the 26th annual Hennepin County Bar Foundation Bar Benefit.

Hennepin County Bar Association Notice of Election

To:      ....


Rethinking Judicial Evaluation in the Post-White Era

Three years ago, the Hennepin County Bar Association....


Attorneys Rock, Bar Foundation Benefits

The third annual Attractive Nuisance Tour (ANT) took over the iconic Minneapolis rock venue, First....


Welcome to the Civil Litigation Section

The Civil Litigation Section is a substantive law section of the Hennepin County Bar A....


An Invitation from the Probate and Trust Law Section

I am pleased to announce the creation of a first-ever Web presence for the Probate and Trust Law Section.Charity Golf Tournament: A Swinging Success

The 2005 HCBF Golf Classic was a swinging succes....


2005-06 Attorney Discussion Groups Are Forming Now

Mary Vasaly and Lori Semke Join the HCBA Executive Committee

It is time again to welcome the HCBA Executive Committee’s two newly elected members. Mary Vasaly joins the committee as HCBA secretary, a positi....


Checking the Pulse of Legal Employment: A Report from the Diversity Committee

Since 1993, the HCBA Diversity Committee has been engaged in carrying out the recommendations of the 1993 HCBA Glass Ceiling Task Force Report.....


HCBA Recognizes Professionalism, Service and Diversity

Professionalism Awards - Magistrate Judge Susan Richard Nelson and William J. Wernz.
Advancement of Justice Award....


Bar Association Involvement Yields Well-Rounded Community Citizenship

You have conquered the grueling three or more years of law school and, more importantly, passed the bar exam. The hard work yo....


CLE Reporting Deadline Approaches

The June 30 CLE reporting deadline is quickly approaching. This year the HCBA continued to develop its commitment to quality and convenience in CLE programming for our members by offering over 400 cr....


New Lawyers Celebrate Blockbuster Year

The 2004-05 bar year is quickly coming to a close, but not without an impressive list of highlights for the New Lawyers Section.

Community Service



Community Relations In Review

This bar year has proven productive for HCBA’s Community Relations Committee (CRC), with a variety of new initiatives as well as its ongoing projects. The successes would not have bee....


Ask-A-Lawyer about "Living WIlls"

This spring, volunteer HCBA attorneys participated in two Ask-A-Lawyer events around the issue of Health Care Directives (Living Wills). Considerable interest in care directives grew from th....


Silver Anniversary Success Story: Bar Benefit 2005

More than 450 members of the legal community attended the 25th annual Bar Benefit event on March 16 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. What a great success it was! From a fundraising ....


Field Trip to Legal Expo

The goal of the 2005 Legal Expo was to educate and inspire teens about their rights, the justice system and legal careers. This free event, sponsored annually by the HCBA and th....


Pro Bono Honors

Recognizing Pro Bono Award Recipients

The Pro Bono Publico awards, recognizing service to the community, are presented each year at the Bar Be....


Environmental Law Section

This has been a productive year for the HCBA’s Environmental Law Section. Under the leadership of co-chairs Alexandra Klass and Charles Naue....


2005 Bar Memorial

The Hennepin County Bar Association Bar Memorial Committee, with the cooperation and approval of the bench, has planned an extraord....


Board of Directors Adopts New Structure and Elects Leadership for 2005-2006

On the agenda of each March meeting of the HCBA Board of Directors is the election of leadership that will officially take office July 1. Election by the direct....


The Pen Is Still Mightier!

When we asked how well the Hennepin County Bar Association is serving its members in last fall’s member survey, you gave us your opinion. Of the ten primary functions of the assoc....


HCBA Proposed Budget 2005-2006

After a great deal of work by the Finance & Planning Committee and two of its subcommittees (Budget and Bylaws, and Non-Dues Revenue Enhancement), a propose....


Bar Benefit Announces Pro Bono Award Recipients

Last year’s shrinking public funding for legal services saw unprecedented attention to legal needs. Legal needs ar....


The Privilege of Self-Regulation

The legal profession is largely self-regulatory. Every lawyer is responsible for observance of the Rules of Professional Co....


Proposed Bylaw Changes

To: Members of the HCBA
From: Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Secretary

In accorda....


Core Value: Making Justice Accessible and Understandalbe for All

You told us; we heard you! In our recent membership survey HCBA members ex....


Did You Miss It?

It’s easy to lose track of some important dates and activities. Make sure you have these matters on your "radar."

....


Hennepin County Bar Association Notice of Elections

To: Members of the HCBA

From: Sonia Miller-Van Oort,Secretary

....


HCBA's Legislative Initiatves

The HCBA Government Relations Committee was created three years ago. The Committee’s purpose is to identify and mo....


Bar Foundation Thanks Rocking Lawyers

You know the image: all lawyers are stodgy, money-hungry types with no life after billing and no urge to greater service. NOT TRUE....


Real Property Section Report

The Real Property Section is one of the largest substantive law sections of the Hennepin County Bar Association, with 350 members. The HCBA define....


Professional Empowerment: Mentoring Makes a Difference

So you ask yourself, what can I do to feel empowered and make a difference in my profession and life? Easy enough right? The possibilities are end....


Charity Golf Tournament: Another Hole-In-One!

A blustery fall-like day greeted the 80 HCBA members and guests on August 9, at the Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s annual Charity Golf Tour....


2004 Summer Softball League

Congratulations to all bar members and friends who took part in the HCBA’s summer....


Pro Bono—It’s Not Just for Law Firms Anymore!

In the spring of 2003, Best Buy’s senior vice president and general counsel Joe Joyce learned about the Call to Honor, a statewide initiative enco....


Vote in Upcoming Judicial Contests

With the close of election registration in mid-July, the stage is set for this fall’s judicial elections for Hennepin County District Court and Mi....


New to the HCBA Executive Committee

Two new faces will be at the board room table for the 7:30 a.m. Executive Committee meetings beginning this month. Sonia Miller-Van Oort begins a five-year ....


Attractive Nuisance Tour to Benefit Bar Foundation

Get ready to rock.

Last year, Greg Wiley and I created a benefit concert to raise money for legal charities and named the ev....


HCBA Recognizes Professionalism

These awards were presented at the HCBA Annual Meeting on May 20.

The Professionalism and Professional Cond....


From the Bench

The following letter was submitted for publication by judges from the United States District Court and the Hennepin County District Court.

....


A Better Place[ment]

The Hennepin County Bar Association Placement Service has been serving the legal community since 1980 specializing in the placement of all non-lawye....


Law Week 2004:

Each year the first of May is set aside by presidential proclamation as a day to celebrate freedom and reflect on the laws that govern and protect....


Over 400 CLE Hours Offered

Continuing education opportunities rank among the most valued benefits of professional membership in the HCBA according to eve....


Membership Matters

Membership is the lifeblood of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

HCBA’s mission is to serve the needs of a diverse membership by advanci....


Bar Benefit 2004:

Where do those urban legends about lawyers caring more about billing their clients than serving the community come from? Such statements are pure ....


Diverse Initiatives

The Diversity Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association has enjoyed an active year. Buoyed by an increased membership due to the designatio....


Pro Bono Honors

Recognizing 2003 Pro Bono Challenge Participants

In May 2002 then-HCBA President Brian Melendez issued a "Pro Bono Ch....


Elected to Lead

On the agenda of each March meeting of the HCBA Board of Directors is the election of leadership that will officially take office July 1st. Election by t....


Proposed Budget 2004-05

The members of the HCBA Board of Directors have received for consideration the proposed 2004-05 budget as recom....


Law Day 2004:

The Hennepin County Bar Association has a long history of serving the public on Law Day (May 1) and during the week in which it falls. Our Law Week events are o....


Security in E-Communication with the HCBA

Like you, the bar association is worried about viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Like you, we also hate having our inboxes jammed with unwanted spam. To keep th....


2004 Bar Memorial

The Hennepin County Bar Association Bar Memorial Committee, with the cooperation an....


Enormous Need Meets Enormous Spirit

Task forces, commissions, blue ribbon committees, and personal appeals bring to our attention on a daily basis the enormous legal needs among thos....


Bar Benefit Event -- March 9, 2004

The Bar Benefit is coming soon. And it promises to be a wonderful evening for all who attend. This year’s Bar Benefit sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Foundation will be he....


Lawyers Reach Out to Youth

The HCBA Community Relations Committee (CRC) is calling on bar members to participate in a new program: "Welcome to School: Helping Kids Belong." ....


CLE Changes -- There's More to Learn

Whether you are a back of the room paper-reader, an eager information collector, a roll-eating socializer, or a more moderate knowledge imbiber, C....


The Hennepin Lawyer Thanks Its Authors

Volunteer contributors are responsible for much of the content published in each issue of The Hennepin Lawyer. It is their generous donatio....


Hennepin County Bar Association Notice of Elections

To: Members of the HCBA

From: Michael Unger, Secretary

The Ad Hoc Committee on Courthouse Security

On Sept. 29, 2003, a litigant at the Hennepin County Government Center was shot and killed and the attorney for the deceased was shot and seriou....


Welcome Back, Rick!

After a month of recovery following the tragic courtroom shooting that sent attorney Richard Hendrickson to emergency surgery, the be....


An "Exclusive" Club

Twenty-four past presidents came "back to the bar" November 18 as luncheon guests of John Dornik, current president of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Hoste....


Member Benefit and Public Service: HCBA's Lawyer Referral and Information Service

The LRIS phones at the bar association rang over 12,000 times last year as individuals who believed they had a legal problem called with the hopes of finding a solution. For many of th....


Committee Report: Labor and Employment Law

Employment law continues to be dynamic and rapidly growing area of practice for many lawyers and the Labor and Employment Committee is 4th in membership out of 21 substantive law secti....


The Verdict Is In...

"Lawyers are the pillars of our....


Charity Golf Tournament

A beautiful summer day greeted the 88 Hennepin County Bar Association members and their guests on Monday, August 4, 2003, at the Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This premier socia....


Urban Youth Intern Iniative

The Urban Youth Intern Initiative (UYII) wrapped up its 11th and final year on August 6, with an inspirational ceremony recognizing the interns and employers who participated in the 2003 program.

During ....


Share Your Memories

In the April 1963 issue of The Hennepin Lawyer, President Sidney Feinberg wrote, "In the beginning John said unto Sidney: ‘Let there be here a gathering place for our brethren in this building yet unformed....


Section Report: Join the Family

The Family Law Section is the second largest substantive law section (after Real Property) of the Hennepin County Bar Association. The section meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at noon....


Committee Report: Members Helping Members

What is the HCBA Mentoring Program? When I first jumped in, I had no idea, but am glad I took the leap of faith.

In August 2001, as a young attorney, I was looking for resources outside my ....


HCBA Recognizes Service and Diversity
The HCBA honored Lori S. Holmes, training coordinator for CornerHouse, with the 2003 Advancement of Justice Award. The award was presented at the HCBA annual meeting by 1997-98 bar president Bradley Thorsen. The....


HCBA Recognizes Professionalism
Awards were presented at the HCBA 2003 Annual Meeting. Prof. Neil W. Hamilton has been honored by his peers with the 2003 Professionalism Award. The Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) gives the award annuall....


HCBA Recognizes Service and Diversity
The Hennepin County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee has recognized the law firm of Blackwell Igbanugo P.A. with the 2003 Diversity Award. Of the 20-partner firm, Jerry Blackwell notes, “We’re half male and ha....


HCBA Recognizes Professionalism
Awards were presented at the HCBA 2003 Annual Meeting. Judge Kevin Burke was chosen as the first recipient of the new Professionalism Award given to a member of the federal or state bench by members of the Hennep....


Law Week 2003 in City Center
The HCBA celebrated Law Week 2003 (April 29-May 2) with its traditional offering of free legal advice for the public. Cosponsored again this year with the Minnesota Paralegal Association, the Ask-A-Lawyer event in C....


Charity Golf Committee Report
IT’S TIME FOR GOLF! Take part in the Hennepin County Bar Foundation Charity Golf Classic in support of the foundation’s mission of achieving equal justice for all citizens. The tournament is Aug. 4, with great pri....


Technology Oversight Committee Report
Important new steps—or clicks, as the case might be—have been taken by the HCBA this year to make your membership more valuable and your benefits more easily accessible. Get the most from your membership, right fro....


Michael Unger and Jerrie Hayes Join the HCBA Executive Committee
The HCBA Executive Committee welcomes two new members to its team: Michael Unger, newly elected HCBA secretary; and Jerrie Hayes, newly elected HCBA New Lawyers Section chair. Unger and Hayes enrich the committee b....