May 2019. George greeted graduating students at three college and university commencements this month. A Trustee on the Minnesota State College and Universities Board, George spoke to students at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College on May 10, and at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College on May 16. At Bemidji State, George spent time with retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, recognized as a Distinguished Minnesotan by the university. Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College is a unique partnership between tribe and state. The commencement there was very moving, with native drums, a jingle dancer, and the Star Spangled Banner sung in the Ojibwe language!
May 7, 2019. Spring was late this year, but was in full bloom at the firm’s 5th Annual Spring Deck Party. About 100 friends, family, community leaders, lawyers and judges got together for a good time.
April 30, 2019. Soule & Stull sponsored the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Annual Dinner, held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis. Melissa is the Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Litigation Section and hosted the evening’s events. Approximately 200 local attorneys, judges and clients attended the Annual Dinner. Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan and current University of Michigan law professor and legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, gave the keynote address. Professor McQuade provided an educational view on the Tools of the Federal Prosecutor and the Mueller Report. The Section honored former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page with the 2019 Advocate Award. Soule & Stull is home of three Civil Litigation Chairs—George, Kevin, and Melissa—and two Advocate Award recipients—George and Paul.
April 2, 2019. George and his former colleague Kenneth Ross today presented a webinar on Post-sale Duties: How to Comply and How to Defend Product Liability Litigation after Recalls. This presentation focused on “best practices for managing and defending recalls, typical case theories in lawsuits alleging inadequate recalls, and strategies to defend the product after a recall has occurred.” George and Ken have written several articles about recalls and defense of recalled products. The presentation is available (for purchase) on the Strafford website here – https://www.straffordpub.com/products/post-sale-duties-how-to-comply-and-how-to-defend-product-liability-litigation-after-recalls-2019-04-02
February 6, 2019. The Minnesota Supreme Court announced its appointment of Melissa Stull as Attorney Member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection for the Fourth Judicial District. The Commission solicits, considers, and recommends candidates to the Governor for vacancies in Minnesota’s district courts. It consists of members – attorneys and non-attorneys – appointed by the Governor and the Supreme Court, including nine at-large members and four members from each of Minnesota’s ten judicial districts. Melissa will participate in commission meetings to recommend candidates for vacancies on the Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County), the state’s largest district.
February 25, 2019. George’s chocolate chip cookies were auctioned again this year at DIW’s annual LEAP fundraiser. The winning bids totaled $1200. Soule & Stull joined other Twin Cities law firms and businesses to sponsor the 4th Annual Division of Indian Work LEAP Event on January 25. DIW provides food, clothing and other services to American Indian individuals and families in need throughout our community. Over 400 people attended the event – to raise funds for DIW food shelf and youth development programs. The event featured native drummers, musicians and dancers, and silent and live auctions. George serves as Chair of the DIW Board of Directors.
February 2, 2019. Soule & Stull celebrated its Fifth Anniversary with family at Spoon & Stable in Minneapolis. George Soule and Melissa Stull started their firm in February 2014. Kevin Curry has been with the firm almost from its start, Meghan Feliciano joined us in 2016, Alice McGlave and Anna Veit-Carter started in 2017, and Alison Jacobs joined us in 2018. Retired Justice Paul Anderson and Judge John McShane provide mediation and arbitration and consulting services. “2018 was a big year for our firm, and we have several interesting and challenging matters on our docket in 2019,” Melissa Stull said. The firm focuses on product liability, commercial litigation, personal injury and property damage, Indian law, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.
December 12, 2018. The Board of Directors of the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis elected George as its Chair. George has been a member of the Board since 2014, and will serve a three-year term as Chair. In 2018, DIW separated from its parent; DIW is a separate 501(c)(3) organization. Division of Indian Work’s mission is to empower urban American Indians through culturally-based education, counseling, advocacy and leadership development. It provides services for American Indian youth, adults, families and elders in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. For more information about DIW, please check its website: https://www.diw-mn.org/
Happy Holidays from Alison, Meghan, John, Melissa, George, Alice, Kevin, Anna and Paul from the shores of Bde Maka Ska, the largest lake in Minneapolis.
December 13, 2018. Today, George served as a judge for the Minneapolis Public Schools All Nations Indian Law Moot Court at South High School. Five finalists in the program presented arguments for a tribe and the U.S. Forest Service in a dispute under the Historic Preservation Act. The high school sophomores did a great job in advocating for their clients. George is former President of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, and serves as a judge on the courts of appeals for four Minnesota tribes.
December 6, 2018. Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer honored leaders in the community who demonstrate “years of experience and a list of achievements, not to mention the keen ability to lead, succeed in the courtroom or in a conference room, and empower others.” George was selected to receive this award based not only on his successful career in litigation, but also on the many contributions he has made to the community: mentoring scores of new lawyers, dedicating time and skills to the American Indian community and trial courts, serving two Governors on the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, chairing and working on many judicial and political campaigns, and serving on the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Board of Directors of the Division of Indian Work. You can view more photos and the list of honorees here: https://finance-commerce.com/icons-2018/. Congratulations to George for this well-deserved honor!