State Senator Scott Newman, who announced his campaign for attorney general this morning, is “not authorized” to practice law in Minnesota. Newman’s campaign confirmed Newman is not authorized to practice law, but is working to reactivate his license.
While the Attorney General “is the chief legal officer” in Minnesota, it is not a requirement to have an active law license to serve. But I would expect Newman to face criticism for not activating his license before he announced his campaign for attorney general.
According to his campaign, Newman moved his license to retirement status when he started in the Minnesota Senate. After paying fees, Newman has to “complete several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes” before his law license can be reinstated. Newman’s campaign estimated he would be done with his classes in July.
Newman is challenging incumbent Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, who was elected in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010. Please check back to politics.mn for additional analysis on the 2014 elections.