Legal Services

Mission: To provide excellent preventative and responsive legal services in support of the missions of the colleges, universities and system.

Values: Ethics and integrity, judgment, knowledge, and respect.

NOTICE: The purpose of this site is to provide general information only, and nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice. The information provided on this site is not intended to alter or amend official MnSCU policy or procedure.

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Gary Cunningham PictureGary Cunningham

General Counsel joined the Office of General Counsel in 2014. Gary began serving as general counsel effective July 1, 2015.  Prior to joining Minnesota State in house, Gary represented Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in employment matters as an Assistant Attorney General for over 20 years. With respect to the Office of General Counsel, Gary has concentrated on employment issues and training. In addition to his employment law practice at the Attorney General’s Office, Gary was counsel to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and a consumer advocate.

Previously Gary was an attorney in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois. Gary received his B.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University and his J.D, from the University of Illinois, graduating magna cum laude.

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Mary Al Balber

Assistant General Counsel has an extensive background representing state, tribal and municipal governments.

Mary Al was  with the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office in the civil division where she advised city officials, departments, boards and commissions. She was also Solicitor General for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a former Assistant General Counsel for the Prairie Island Dakota Indian Community.

In addition, she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office where she represented state agencies in construction, contract and environmental matters for more than six years. In her new position, Mary Al's primary focus is transactional matters including construction, contracts and intellectual property.

Mary Al received her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, and her B.S. (Mass Communications) from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.


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Scott Goings

Scott Goings joined the General Counsel’s Office in 2008 after previously representing the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as an Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.  He has sixteen years of experience in higher education law with a focus on student affairs, athletics, litigation and litigation management, foundations, and contracts. 

Scott previously practiced law with the Minneapolis firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard and clerked for the Honorable Harold D. Vietor, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa.  He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and his B.A. (Philosophy) from Grinnell College.  Scott is an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Administration doctoral program at St. Cloud State University.

Sarah McGeeSarah McGee

Assistant General Counsel joined the Office of General Counsel in December of 2012.  Sarah's focus is in intellectual property, information technology, and other areas.

Most recently, Sarah was an Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office where she represented state agencies, including MnSCU, in tort, employment, and other matters for the past five years.  Sarah previously practiced in the areas of intellectual property, litigation, and employment law with the Minneapolis offices of Fulbright & Jaworski and Faegre Baker Daniels.

Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law and her B.S. (Biology) from Brown University.

Daniel McCabe

Daniel McCabe, Assistant General Counsel, joined the Office of General Counsel in 2016.  He specializes in the areas of data practices, business transactions, international programs, immigration, FCC issues, and other areas.

Previously, Daniel was Associate General Counsel/Of Counsel at Howard University for almost eight years.  At Howard University, he specialized in university business transactions, intellectual property, technology transfer, commercial radio, public television, and several related areas.

Daniel received his J.D. from The American University Washington College of Law.  He received his B.A., summa cum laude, (History and English) from the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Heidi Slegers

Legal Analyst works with contracts, real estate transactions, intellectual property and copyright, data practices, and other areas.

A graduate of Minnesota State University, Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Assistant, Heidi has paralegal experience in various legal areas for governmental agencies.

Amanda Bohnhoff

Legal Analyst

Liz Hegman

Legal Analyst

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Attorney General Staff Assignments for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Schools and Higher Education

(See individual college/university assignments below)

Address:
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1800
St. Paul, MN 55101-2134
Fax: 651-297-1235

Name

Title

Phone

Manager:
Christie Eller

Deputy Attorney General
christie.eller@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1440

Kathryn Woodruff

Assistant Attorney General
kathryn.woodruff@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1361

Kevin Finnerty

Assistant Attorney General
kevin.finnerty@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1058

Ian Welsh

Assistant Attorney General
ian.welsh@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1018

Employment Law

Address:
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1100
Paul, MN 55101-2128
Fax: 651-282-5832

Name Title Contact

Manager:
Alethea (Leah) Huyser

Assistant Attorney General
Alethea.Huyser@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1243

Kathryn Fodness

Assistant Attorney General
kathryn.fodness@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1348

Contracts and Intellectual Property

Address:
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1800
St. Paul, MN 55101-2130
Fax: 651-297-1235

Name Title Contact

Manager:
Angela Behrens

Assistant Attorney General
angela.behrens@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1204

Michele M. Owen

 Assistant Attorney General
michele.owen@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1322

Jeff Weber

Assistant Attorney General
jeffrey.weber@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1017

Patricia Nolte

Legal Assistant
patricia.nolte@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1285

Bankruptcy

Address:
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 900
St. Paul, MN 55101-2130
Fax: 651-282-5832

Name Title Contact

Wendy Tien

Assistant Attorney General
wendy.tien@ag.state.mn.us 

651-757-1223


Real Estate

Address:
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 900
Paul, MN 55101-2128
Fax: 651-282-5832

Name Title Contact

Manager:
Max Kieley

Assistant Attorney General
max.kieley@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1244

Derek Hilding

Assistant Attorney General
derek.hilding@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1003


Construction Litigation

Address:
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1800
Paul, MN 55101-2128
Fax: 651-282-5832

Name

Title

Contact

Manager:
Joan Eichhorst

Assistant Attorney General
joan.eichhorst@ag.state.mn.us

651-757-1438

College/University Assignments

Minnesota State College/University

Assigned Assistant Attorney General

Contact

Alexandria Technical and Community College

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018

Anoka Ramsey Community College

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Anoka Technical College

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Bemidji State University

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018

Central Lakes College

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Century College

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Dakota County Technical College

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Hennepin Technical College
(Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie Campuses)

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Inver Hills Community College

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Lake Superior College

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Mesabi Range Comm. & Tech. College

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018

Metropolitan State University

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Minnesota State College Southeast Tech
(Red Wing, Winona Campuses)

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018
Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, & Wadena) Ian Welsh 651-757-1018

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Minnesota West Community & Technical College (Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, Worthington Campuses)

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Normandale Community College

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018

North Hennepin Community College

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Northeast Higher Education District (Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River, & Vermilion Campuses)

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018

Northland Community & Technical College

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Northwest Technical College (Bemidji)

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Pine Technical College

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Ridgewater College
(Hutchinson, Willmar Campuses)

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Riverland Community College

Ian Welsh

651-757-1018

Rochester Community & Technical College

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Saint Paul College Kevin Finnerty 651-757-1058

St. Cloud State University

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

South Central College
(Faribault, North Mankato Campuses)

Kevin Finnerty

651-757-1058

Southwest Minnesota State University

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

Winona State University

Kathryn Woodruff

651-757-1361

June 2017

View Minnesota State Board Policies

Explanations of Intellectual Property and Copyright Board Policies (Jan. 2005):

http://www.intellectualproperty.mnscu.edu/

http://www.copyright.mnscu.edu/

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