Gail Olson has served as General Counsel to the MnSCU System since 1997.
Prior to joining MnSCU, she served for 16 years in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.
Her Primary practice area was human services until becoming Deputy Attorney General of the Government Services Section in 1992.
Ms. Olson received her J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, and her B.A. (English and Sociology) from Augustana College, Sioux Falls.
Kristine Legler Kaplan (Kris)
Deputy General Counsel concentrates in data practices, immigration, international study programs and other areas.
Kris joined the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Office of General Counsel in 2000.
In addition to other public and private legal practice, Kris was previously an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General in the Employment and Health Licensing Divisions, and an Assistant Ramsey County Attorney in the Civil Division.
Kris received both her JD and B.S. (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Minnesota.
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.
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 fourteen 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.
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.
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.