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Robert A.  Stein

Attorney - Minneapolis

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612.632.3323
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500 IDS Center
80 South 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Main: 612.632.3000
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Stein, Robert

Bob 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.

Experience

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.

Publications

Books

  • “Minute in Remembrance of William B. Lockhart,” Minutes In Remembrance, American Law Institute, 1976 - 1997, American Law Institute, 1998
  • “Foreword, Net Law: How Lawyers Use the Internet,” Songline Studios, Inc., 1997
  • “How to Study Law and Take Law Exams in a Nutshell,” coauthored with Professor Ann M. Burkhart, West Publishing Company, 1996
  • “In Pursuit of Excellence: A History of The University of Minnesota Law School,” Mason Publishing Company, 1980
  • “Estate Planning Under the Tax Reform Act of 1976,” coauthored with Professor A. James Casner, 2d ed., West Publishing Company, 1978
  • “Stein on Probate,” 2 vols., Lexis Nexis, 4th edition, 2004; Michie, 3rd edition, 1996; 2nd edition, 1986; 1st edition, 1976
  • “Stein on Probate,” Annual Supplement, 1977 - 2002
  • “The Probate Explosion of 1985,” coauthored with Judge Melvin J. Peterson, John M. Zangs, Esq. and Steve A. Brand, Esq., National Practice Institute, 1985
  • “Administration of a Minnesota Decedent's Estate,” 1984, coauthored with Judge Melvin J. Peterson and John M. Zangs, Esq., National Practice Institute, 1984
  • “Handling a Minnesota Decedent's Estate,” coauthored with Judge Melvin J. Peterson and John M. Zangs, Esq., National Practice Institute, 1982
  • “Probate and Inheritance Tax: 1979,” coauthored with Judge Melvin J. Peterson and John M. Zangs, Esq., National Practice Institute, 1979
  • “Probate and Inheritance Tax: 1978,” coauthored with Judge Melvin J. Peterson and John M. Zangs, Esq., National Practice Institute, 1978
  • “Estate Administration Under the 1975 Probate Code,” coauthored with Judge Melvin J. Peterson, National Practice Institute, 1976
  • “Associate Editor,” Minnesota Estate Administration, 1968

Articles

  • Independence of the Judiciary,” The State Bar of South Dakota Newsletter 9, July 2006
  • “Executive Director’s Report,” appeared each month in the American Bar Association Journal, Jan. 1996 to Aug. 2006
  • “President’s Column,” appeared in each issue (6) of Minnesota magazine, 2005-2006
  • “What the Legal Profession Expects of Law Schools: A Response,” 34 IND.L.REV. 15, 2000
  • “Multidisciplinary Practices: Prohibit or Regulate?,” 84 MINN.L.REV. 1529, 2000
  • “The Dean of Deans,” 92 Minnesota Law & Politics 24, Jan. 1998
  • “Maynard Pirsig Lives On,” 23 WILLIAM MITCHELL LAW REV 801, 1997
  • “Roger Noreen—Remarkable Friend of Legal Education,” 89 Law Library Journal 600, 1997
  • “Probate Reformation: The Impact of the Uniform Laws,” The Probate Lawyer, Summer 1997, L.REV. 6, June 1997
  • “In Pursuit of Excellence A History of the University of Minnesota Law School, Part VI: The Auerbach Years A Time of Building, Controversy and Frustration,” 63 MINN. L. REV. 1101, 1979
  • “In Pursuit of Excellence A History of the University of Minnesota Law School, Part V: The Lockhart Years A Time of Achievement and Challenge,” 63 MINN. L. REV. 809, 1979
  • “In Pursuit of Excellence A History of the University of Minnesota Law School, Part IV: The Pirsig Years A Time of Transition,” 63 MINN. L. REV. 229, 1979
  • “In Pursuit of Excellence A History of the University of Minnesota Law School, Part III: The Fraser Years A Time of Excellence and Innovation,” 62 MINN. L. REV. 1161, 1978
  • “In Pursuit of Excellence A History of the University of Minnesota Law School, Part II: The Vance Years A Time of Ascendancy,” 62 MINN. L. REV. 857, 1978
  • “Probing the Probate Administration Process,” 8 REAL PROPERTY, PROBATE, TRUST LAW SECTION, THE FLORIDA BAR 1, No. 2, Jan./Feb. 1977
  • “Multi State Probate Administration Study: Journey into the Known and Unknown,” Probate & Property, Spring, 1976
  • “Multi State Probate Administration Study: Journey into the Known and Unknown,” 2 PROBATE NOTES No. 2, p. 14, Winter, 1976
  • “To Make The Probate Process As Simple and Inexpensive As Can Be Done,” 32 Bench & Bar, Nov. 1975
  • “Probate Administration Study: Some Emerging Conclusions,” 9 REAL PROPERTY, PROBATE & TRUST JOURNAL 596, Winter, 1974
  • “Probate Administration: Distinguishing Fact From Fiction,” Probate & Property, Summer 1974
  • “Profile of Probate Administration in Minnesota,” Bench & Bar, Jan. 1974
  • “New Law School Building A Year of Decision,” The Hennepin Lawyer, Vol. 42, No. 2 at 4, Nov./Dec. 1973

Education

  • Uppsala University in Sweden, L.L.D., Honoris Causa
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
  • University of Minnesota, B.S.L.

Professional Activities

  • Uniform Law Commission, president, 2009 - present
  • International Bar Association, assistant treasurer and vice chair, Professional and Public Interest Division, secretary - treasurer, 2004 - 2008, chair, 2009 - present
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, delegate, 2007
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, academic fellow
  • American College of Tax Counsel, fellow
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Counsel, academician

Honors and Distinctions

  • Outstanding Service to the Profession Award, Minnesota Lawyer, 2009
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award, 2007
  • The first Lena O. Smith Humanitarian Award (for opening employment opportunities for minority lawyers), Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network, 2002
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Presidents Award, 1998
  • Distinguished Service Award, WCHA, 1995