International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Eileen Roberts, Of Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Group, has received the 2014 Minnesota County Recorders (MCRA) Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to an individual outside the Recorder’s Association who has worked with county land records and Minnesota County Recorders to improve public/private cooperation.

“Eileen has been MCRA’s ‘go to’ person to help us understand the continuing changes in real estate law, she has offered sound judgment and advice about best practices for our offices, and has helped to increase our employees’ and customers’ knowledge of real estate concepts and legal principles through her teaching and training,” noted Susan Roth, Ramsey County Recorder. “It is with great pride that MCRA calls her our friend and colleague.”

Ms. Roberts joined Dorsey in 2013 from William Mitchell College of Law, where she was the Austin J. Baillon and Caroline M. Baillon Professor of Real Estate Law. During her 24-year tenure at William Mitchell, she taught and wrote about real estate law and served as faculty advisor for the Real Estate Law Society. She is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and Minnesota County Recorders Association programs.

“Community is a Dorsey core value, and Eileen’s involvement in and commitment to the real estate law community is an incredible contribution to our community and our profession,” said Ken Cutler, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “We extend our congratulations to her for this prestigious honor.”

Ms. Roberts is also Chair of the Section of Real Property Law of the MN State Bar Association, and the MSBA’s representative on Minnesota’s Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission. She has been honored with a Friends of Professor Roberts Scholarship established in 2008 by former students and other friends, and honored as Teacher of the Year in 2002.

Over the years, she has served as a citizen representative on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Education Project; a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Lake Water Quality Management; and chair of the Minneapolis Environmental Commission. She has also served on the Boards of Directors for Artspace Projects and Minnesota Women Lawyers.