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October 1, 2012
Best & Flanagan Attorney, Leonard Fineday, Elected President of The Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA)

Minneapolis, Minnesota.  September 28, 2012 – Best & Flanagan LLP is pleased to announce that Leonard “Lenny” Fineday was elected President of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA) on September 8, 2012 at the group’s annual meeting.

Lenny, a member of the Leech Band of Ojibwe and associate in Best & Flanagan’s Native American and Business Law practice groups, is excited about continuing to serve MAIBA in this new leadership role.  “I am looking forward to the next year, hoping to build on the successes we’ve had in the last several years.  I am confident that we can continue on our positive direction,” Lenny said.  “I’m thankful to MAIBA’s prior leadership for building such a strong organization.  I am also very thankful to MAIBA’s membership for their volunteerism and willingness to assist the American Indian community in Minnesota.”

The new president brings notable experience to the role including working with tribal and municipal governments as well as holding leadership positions within Tribal communities.  Lenny has served as the executive director of the Leech Lake Band, as a member of the Cass Lake, Minn., City Council, and as director of human services for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

At Best & Flanagan, Lenny’s practice has focused on representing tribes and their entities in financial transactions, as well as assisting tribal governments in the areas of economic development, corporate governance, and statutory and code drafting.  He is currently in his second year of a two-year term on the MAIBA Board of Directors and was recently re-appointed as a MAIBA Delegate to the Minnesota State Bar Association General Assembly. 

In addition to Lenny, the following individuals were also elected as MAIBA Executive Officers:

Professor Mary Jo Hunter from Hamline Law School was elected Vice President
Leah Sixkiller from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP was elected Secretary
Susan Allen from Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan LLP was re-elected Treasurer