CMLS Seeking Full-Time Attorney

Central Minnesota Legal Services: Staff Attorney position available full time for its St. Cloud office.


Responsibilities: The staff attorney position involves service work in the areas of family law,employment law, housing, government benefits, and criminal expungement, with an emphasis on family law. The office has a commitment to service work, including litigation, community legal education and community outreach, as appropriate to client needs. Travel may be required throughout the counties served by the CMLS offices in central Minnesota.  


Background: CMLS is a 3-office program with 28 employees, providing free legal representation to low-income clients in 21 counties in central Minnesota through a staff and volunteer attorney component. The position will be in the St. Cloud office, which is located 65 miles northwest of the Twin Cities along the Mississippi River. The mission of Central Minnesota Legal Services is to advocate for access to the civil justice system for low income people by providing high quality legal services and to improve the lives of people living in poverty by empowering self-advocacy skills through legal education.


CMLS is funded primarily by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. CMLS also has other funding sources to provide civil legal services to other low-income populations in its 21-countyservice area. CMLS enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support, from the organized bar and the local judiciary.  


Qualifications: Candidates should be licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the problems of low income and vulnerable persons. Post-law school poverty law experiences are desired although new graduates will be considered. Attorneys admitted in another state can get temporary pre-exam admission. Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required. Ability to speak Spanish/Somali is desired but not required.


Salary: $50,000+ D.O.E. pursuant to the CMLS salary schedule. Excellent benefits.


Starting Date: As close to  June 1, 2018 as possible.  


Application Deadline: May 11, 2018 or until filled.


Mail or e-mail cover letter, resume, references and writing sample to:

Sheila Merriman


110 6th Avenue South, Suite 205

Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301

No Phone Calls Please. CMLS is an equal opportunity employer.

Jack & Jim’s Dinner Meeting April 12th

Our April Dinner Meeting is this Thursday, April 12, 2018! We will have our meeting at Jack & Jim’s in Duelm – 5pm social (not an open bar), 5:45 dinner, 6:15-7:15 presentation.

Dinner will be a buffet of:

* Swedish Meatballs

* Glazed Honey Ham

* Honey Glazed Carrots

* Garlic Mashed Potatoes

* Macaroni Salad

* Coleslaw

* Caesar Salad

We are applying for 1 Standard CLE credit for the meeting.

The Speakers: Benton County Judges – Judge Jesse and Judge Raupp.

Presentation: Tips from the bench. The Judges will start with answering questions the SBBA Board provided them with and then will open it up to members to ask questions. So please come to the meeting with questions on hand for the Judges!

Cost of dinner is $5

Mediation Volunteers Needed

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is seeking to expand its mediation program to Central Minnesota. If you are an attorney and have an interest in assisting the department with conducting mediations on human rights discrimination issues, we’d like to hear from you.

Mediations would be held in the Saint Cloud area for a 4-hour block of time, a few times per year.

If you are interested, please contact: Peg Exley at 651-539-1096 or

Agricultural & Rural Law CLE

MSBA Sections: Agricultural & Rural Law CLE

2018 Agricultural and Rural Law Institute
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Country Inn & Suites
Mankato, MN

Join us for the 2018 Agricultural and Rural Law Institute which will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Country Inn & Suites in Mankato, Minnesota. The MSBA Agricultural & Rural Law Section is excited to continue a tradition, now in its 27th consecutive year, of presenting recent developments and the latest hot topics in agricultural law. Come for the practical education and the opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in Mankato!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Deadline to Register:
March 27, 2018
CLE Credits:
6.0 Standard CLE Credits approved
Event Code: 252914

Section Member: $150
Non-Section Member: $200
MSBA Members, join the Section and attend for $150 (must call to register)

Remote Participation:
Remote participation is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the CLE.


8:00 – 8:30am – Check-in and Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30am – Agricultural & Rural Law Section Annual Meeting

All members or prospective members of the Section are invited to attend. Remote access is available.

8:30am – Welcome
Jared Peterson | Ag & Rural Law Section Chair, Attorney, Fafinski Mark & Johnson, New Ulm, MN

8:30 – 9:00am – Legislative Update
Bruce Kleven | Attorney, Lobbyist and Mediator, Minneapolis, MN

9:00 – 10:00am – Impacts of the 2017 Tax Bill
James Heilman | CPA, Clifton Larson Allen LLP, Mankato, MN

10:00 – 10:15am – Break

10:15 – 11:15 am – Farmland, Homesteads and Property Tax Classifications
Kaitlin Pals | Attorney, Gislason & Hunter LLP, New Ulm, MN

11:15 – 11:45am
1. Update on Regulations Relating to Dicamba Chemical Drift
Kimberly Middendorf | J.D., Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

2. Update on the Status of Minnesota’s New Buffer Law and Enforcement
Kale Van Bruggen | Attorney, Rinke Noonan, St. Cloud, MN

11:45 – 12:45pm – Buffet Lunch (provided by the Ag & Rural Law Section)

12:45 – 1:30pm – Case Law Update
Michael Dove | Attorney, Gislason & Hunter LLP, New Ulm, MN

1:30 – 2:30pm – New Trends in Farm Leases
David Bau | University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Agricultural Business Management

2:30 – 2:45pm – Break

2:45 – 3:30pm – Options when Farmland is Owned by a C Corporation
Duane Thompson | CPA, Eide Bailly LLP, Mankato, MN

3:30 – 4:00pm – Tips and Traps Relating to the New LLC Act (322C)
Melissa Cross | Attorney, Compeer Financial, Mankato, MN

4:30pm – Questions& Answers

Accommodations: If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify us 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements.


600 Nicollet Mall
Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Shawn Carlson
Section Services
(612) 278-6305

Congratulations to Kendra Geiger Hagen in her move to PCG

Kendra Geiger Hagen, formerly of Gray, Plant, Mooty, has joined PCG Law as a partner/member. Kendra will continue to practice family law and provide mediation, parenting consulting, and parenting time expediting services.

Franz Hultgren Evenson, P.A. Seeking Associate Attorney


ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY. Franz Hultgren Evenson, P.A., a full service civil law firm located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, seeks an associate attorney to primarily practice in the areas of litigation, business and real property law. There will also be opportunities to work in other areas of civil practice. This position involves immediate and extensive client interaction, including representation of clients in court. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to build and grow a practice, while receiving the support and mentoring of experienced attorneys and staff. We are especially looking for applicants with a genuine interest in living and working in Central Minnesota, together with the entrepreneurial drive to develop client relationships and to ultimately become a partner in the firm. Two or more years of experience in legal practice or judicial clerkship is preferred, but not required.

Interested attorneys should provide a resume and cover letter to: Franz Hultgren Evenson, P.A., Attention: Drew Hultgren, 1011 Second Street North, P.O. Box 307, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56302 (or by electronic mail to: References, writing samples and law school transcripts are preferred, but not required. For more information about our law firm, please visit our website at No telephone inquiries, please.


Dependent upon experience and qualifications.

February 16, 2018.

Local CLEs in Jan. & Feb. being offered…

The below CLEs are being offered locally (at Rinke Noonan, Ltd.) and should be available to sign up for now. These will not be advertised like normal so please pass this information on and let all of your colleagues know about them!! Sign up through the CLE website

Jan. 12, 2018 – Significant Changes for Minnesota LLCs– Full Day starts 8:15am – 6.0 CLE Credits

Jan. 26, 2018 – New Developments in Parenting Time & Custody and Antenuptial, Postnuptial, & Cohabitation Agreements – Half Day (morning) starts 8:15am – 3.0 CLE Credits

Jan. 26, 2018 – Spousal Maintenance Reform in Minnesota and Nationwide and Same-Sex Issues in Family Law – Half Day (afternoon) starts 12:15pm – 3.0 CLE Credits

Feb 9, 2018 – 2017 Worker’s Compensation Deskbook Seminar – Full Day starts 8:15am. – 6.0 CLE Credits

Feb. 23, 2018 – What Matters Most in Family Law: Kids & Wellness – Half Day (morning) begins 8:15am – 3.0 CLE Credits

Feb. 23 2018 – What Matters Most in Family Law: Money & the Practice of Family Law – Half Day (afternoon) begins 12:15pm – 3.0 CLE Credits

Heller & Thyen, P.A. looking to add new attorney

Heller & Thyen, P.A. is looking for a family law attorney with 3+ years of experience. Other areas of practice a plus. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Candidates can send a resume to

Website Calendar under construction – new events

Fall Social

Urban Lodge Brewery

10/12/2017 – 5:30p Social Hour; 6:30p Dinner

We can no long acccept RSVPs for this event.  You are welcome to come for the social hour and pay the $25/person fee, but dinner is full.

Renowned St. Cloud Law Firm to Combine with Gray Plant Mooty

MINNEAPOLIS — SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 — St. Cloud law firm Hughes Mathews Greer, P.A. announced today that its three attorneys will transition to join the St. Cloud offices of Gray Plant Mooty.

Hughes Mathews Greer, a St. Cloud law firm with a legacy dating back to 1934, will elevate Gray Plant Mooty’s firm by adding depth to its local client relationships and strengthen the firm’s expertise in the health care practice, as well as business, nonprofit, and litigation matters. Gray Plant Mooty has had offices in the city since 2002.

“This transition is a great move for our firm,” says Tom Mathews, shareholder of Hughes Mathews Greer. “We have been exploring options in recent years to find a fit for a merger and we are proud to be aligning with Gray Plant Mooty, which is a traditional firm with excellent lawyers. We are looking forward to joining their team and continuing to serve our clients.”

The three Hughes Mathews Greer attorneys — Tom Mathews, his son John Mathews, and Kelly Larson — will move into Gray Plant Mooty’s West Germain Street offices in St. Cloud.

“We are excited to welcome the talented lawyers from Hughes Mathews Greer, which has such deep roots and connections in the St. Cloud community,” says Gray Plant Mooty Co-Managing Officer Charlie Maier. “Both our firms have strong, longstanding Minnesota ties and together this partnership will emphasize our bond to the city and Minnesota as a whole.”

Hughes Mathews Greer has represented a number of health care and other businesses in the St. Cloud area and has long been the primary outside corporate counsel to CentraCare Health, which includes St. Cloud Hospital.

Fred Hughes, Tom Mathews’ father-in-law, started his St. Cloud firm in 1930s, and was joined by his twin sons. Since then, the firm has grown and evolved but has always maintained its connection and home in St. Cloud. Hughes Mathews Greer’s three attorneys are each graduates of nationally recognized law schools.