Judge Harriet Lansing (’70) Elected Uniform Law Commission President
JULY 18, 2013—Judge Harriet M. Lansing (’70) was elected to a two-year term as president of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) at its annual meeting in Boston this month. She recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Executive Committee, the ULC's governing body that implements policies adopted at its meetings. Before that she served a two-year term as chair of the Scope and Program Committee, the group that recommends projects to the ULC.
Judge Lansing, a senior appeals court judge in St. Paul, has been a ULC member since 1993 and has served as a Minnesota uniform law commissioner on the committee to revise the Uniform Certification of Questions of Law Act, the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, and the Uniform Limited Partnership Act. In addition, she serves on the Standby Committee for the Uniform International Choice of Court Agreements Act and is a member of the Joint Editorial Board for International Law and the International Legal Developments Committee.
Judge Lansing was first appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 1983 and served as a full-time judge until the end of May 2011. She was one of the original appointees when the Court of Appeals was founded in 1983 and was subsequently elected to five successive terms.
She began her legal career as staff counsel to the St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority in 1970. After working as an assistant city attorney in 1972 and in private practice at a St. Paul firm from 1973-76, she served as St. Paul City Attorney from 1976-78. She was a trial judge on the Ramsey County Municipal Court from 1978 until her appointment to the Court of Appeals.
An active participant in legal education, Judge Lansing has served as an adjunct professor in the Minnesota law schools and in the Judicial Appellate Institute at New York University Law School. She has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the 2011 Advocate Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Law Section and the Rosalie Wahl Judicial Excellence Award from the Executive Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section.
The ULC is composed of more than 350 legal professionals and state officials appointed by all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote uniform laws that solve shared problems. Uniform acts approved at the 2013 annual meeting were the Uniform Act on the
Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking, the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act, Amendments to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Pertaining to International Proceedings, and Amendments to the Uniform Harmonized Business Organizations Code.