March 25, 2021. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz today appointed George Soule a member of the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. The Board’s four major programs are campaign finance registration and disclosure, public subsidy administration, lobbyist registration and disclosure, and economic interest disclosure by public officials. George has been involved in politics, campaigns and elections in Minnesota for over 50 years, starting as a high school student. He has worked on countless campaigns for city, county, judicial district, congressional, state and national candidates. George’s appointment is subject to advice and consent by the Minnesota Senate and House.
March 29, 2021. George was guest speaker today at Professor Oscar Flores’s Economics class on Negotiations at Minnesota State University Moorhead. George spoke about negotiations in his law practice, especially in mediations, and ethics in negotiations. George graduated as an Economics major from MSU Moorhead and now serves on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.
George Soule & Anna Veit-Carter author article on voting rights and election litigation in Minnesota in 2020
March 2, 2021. George and Anna’s article DEMOCRACY GOES TO COURT: Litigating voting rights and election administration in Minnesota in 2020 was released today in the March 2021 issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota. Minnesota political parties, voter organizations, voters, and election officials fought in court over many aspects of voting and elections. The lawsuits continued after the election, contesting the results of several Minnesota races. The article reviews the key Minnesota legal battles over voting and elections in 2020.
A copy of the article is here.
MSBA publication Bench & Bar featured the Civil Litigation Section’s donation drive that Melissa helped coordinate. The MSBA Civil Litigation Section hosted a drop off donation event at the Soule & Stull offices in December for My Very Own Bed, a non-profit organization that supplies bedding for children in need. In addition to virtually donated items, the Council members gathered a box full of new bedding, stuffed animals, and books to donate. Hot chocolate, cookies, and cheer were served to those that stopped by. The event even gathered some passersby and neighbors, who were eager to donate with enthusiasm and the spirit of giving!
January 21, 2021. George Soule joined the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society. The Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and promotion of Minnesota’s judicial history through education, publications and scholarship, with focus on the history of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
December 2020. During these challenging times and always, we are grateful for our colleagues, family, friends, and clients. Whether you Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Teams, or GoToMeetings, we are sending you warm wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!
Happy Holidays from
- George, Alison, Melissa
- Anna, John, Kevin
- Alice, Paul (Santa), Meghan
December 11, 2020. George Soule spoke on a panel today at a Minnesota CLE Seminar on Constitutional Law: Voting and Election Law. George joined Minneapolis lawyers Katherine Swenson and Charles Nauen in a lively discussion of litigation and opinions in the 2020 election season involving voter suppression, mail ballots, voter assistance, and post-election challenges.
November 17, 2020. Kevin Curry, George Soule, and Melissa Stull authored “Defending and Managing Risks of the Apparent Manufacturer” for the November 2020 edition of DRI’s For The Defense. The apparent manufacturer doctrine provides that a nonmanufacturing entity that causes the public to believe it manufactured a product cannot later deny it is the manufacturer for purposes of liability. Our article discusses the doctrine in the context of litigation and counseling manufacturers.
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November 5, 2020. All five Minnesota judges facing opponents won election this week. 123 judges were up for election on Tuesday’s ballot. (Most Minnesota judges take office by appointment by the Governor, then have to run for election for six year terms.) Only five races were contested. Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Thissen defeated perennial candidate Michelle MacDonald 59% – 41%. The four challenged District Court judges also won election: Judge Joseph Carter in the First Judicial District, Judge Pat Diamond in the Second Judicial District, and Judges Charles Halverson and Jana Austad in the Ninth Judicial District. George served on the campaign committees for Justice Thissen and Judge Carter.
October 3, 2020. We mourn the passing of friend and mentor Sandy Keith. Sandy served as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1990 to 1998. He also served as a Minnesota State Senator from Rochester and as Lieutenant Governor. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1966. (That race was featured in a Minnesota history book “The Twenty-First Ballot.) George worked with Sandy in bar committees and activities and served as Co-Chair of Sandy’s election committee in 1992. In George’s words: “Sandy was my friend and mentor. He cared passionately about Minnesota and its people, as evidenced by his service in all three branches of Minnesota government. Sandy was also a walking, talking Minnesota history book. He participated in (or observed) all of the significant political events in Minnesota for almost 50 years, and he had great stories to tell. Sandy was an excellent judge, an inspiring leader, and a statesman.”
September 28, 2020. George’s chocolate chip cookies were auctioned again this year at DIW’s annual LEAP fundraiser. The winning bid was $650. Soule & Stull joined other Twin Cities law firms and businesses to sponsor the 5th Annual Division of Indian Work LEAP Event on September 28. DIW provides food, clothing and other services to American Indian individuals and families in need throughout our community. Hundreds of people attended the event virtually – to raise funds for DIW food shelf and youth development programs. George serves as Chair of the DIW Board of Directors.
September 17, 2020 – For the seventh year, Soule & Stull sponsored the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association golf tournament at The Meadows at Mystic Lake. The tournament benefits American Indian students attending Minnesota law schools. Melissa and George have played in the tournament together nearly every year for the last fourteen years and this year were joined by Anton van der Merwe and Karna Peters (photographed at a safe social distance).