Bob Stein serves as “Of Counsel” at Gray Plant Mooty and is a member of the Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning practice group. He is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of estate planning, trusts, and decedents' estates.
Previously, Bob was the executive director and chief operating officer of the American Bar Association (ABA) (1994-2006), where he was responsible for the management of the world’s largest voluntary professional association with more than 400,000 members, a 900 person staff and annual budgets of more than $180 million at the ABA’s headquarters in Chicago and its Washington, DC, office.
Prior to assuming his position at the ABA, Robert was dean of the University of Minnesota Law School and was the first William S. Pattee Professor of Law. From 1977-1980, he served as the University of Minnesota vice president for administration and planning. He was the University’s representative to the NCAA, the Big Ten, and the WCHA from 1981-1993, and subsequently he has served on the NCAA’s Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. Currently serving as an Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, he teaches estate planning, as well as a unique course on the remarkable work American lawyers have done to bring the rule of law to struggling new democracies throughout the world. In addition, he teaches a course to undergraduate students about the great cases that have shaped and shocked our nation over the past 200 years.
Bob holds leadership positions in numerous organizations. Since 1973, he has served as a commissioner from Minnesota on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as appointed by the Minnesota Governor, Attorney General and Chief Justice. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference. He is a member of the council, member of the executive committee, and advisor to several Restatements of the American Law Institute. He is the immediate past president of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and has served on its Board of Directors since 2000. From 2005-2006 he served on the Minnesota Law Review Advisory Board. In addition, he currently serves on the board of directors for several companies, including Great Northern Iron Ore Properties (trustee since 1982); Fiduciary Counseling, Inc. (director, Board of Directors; Executive Committee since 1994); and the Educational Credit Management Group (chair, Board of Directors). He has held myriad other board appointments, offices and memberships throughout his career.