Melissa Hortman Elected Vice President of Uniform Law Commission

(July 23, 2015) -

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Minnesota State Representative Elected Vice President of National Law Group
Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park Elected Vice President of Uniform Law Commission

July 24, 2015 – Melissa Hortman, a state representative from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, has been elected to serve a one-year term as Vice President of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Rep. Hortman was elected Vice-President at the 124th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission which recently concluded in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.  Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.

At the 124th Annual Meeting of the ULC, seven new uniform acts were approved:  the Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act; the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; the Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act; the Uniform Trust Decanting Act; the Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act; and the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 124th Annual Meeting are:  Richard T. Cassidy, founder and partner in the Hoff Curtis law firm in Burlington, Vermont, President; Dan Robbins, senior vice president and associate general counsel with the MPAA’s (Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.) west coast office in Los Angeles, California, Secretary; and Tom Buiteweg, partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Treasurer.

Rep. Hortman was first appointed to the ULC from Minnesota in 2011.  As a Minnesota uniform law commissioner, she has served as a member of the drafting committee on the Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act, which was just approved by the ULC.  She also served as a member of the ULC Scope and Program Committee, the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake.

Rep. Hortman was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004.  She has served in caucus leadership since 2006.  She has been particularly active in the areas of transportation, K-12 education funding, higher education, and the environment. She currently serves as a Deputy Minority Leader in the Minnesota House.  Rep. Hortman graduated from college at Boston University and received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis, Wiley B. Rutledge, and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, have all served as uniform law commissioners.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

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