Heins Samuel D. - Kingdom of Norway - May 2015


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Kingdom of Norway

CANDIDATE: Samuel D. Heins

Samuel D. Heins most recently was a Partner at Heins Mills & Olson, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he had worked since 1994. A distinguished lawyer and human rights advocate, he has worked for decades on legal monitoring and important human rights issues, giving him broad legal and international human rights experience that would serve him very well as Ambassador to Norway.

Prior to Heins Mills & Olson, Mr. Heins was a Partner with the law firm of Opperman Heins and Paquin in Minneapolis (1989-1994), a Partner at Tanick and Heins Law Firm in Minneapolis (1976-1989), and an Associate Attorney in the Firestone Law Firm in St. Paul, Minnesota (1973-1976). Mr. Heins also served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Earl R. Larson, Judge, U.S. District Court, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1972-1973). He was Adjunct Faculty at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1978, and at the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (1976-1980).

In 1983, Mr. Heins founded Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights where he was First Chair and continues as a member. He also is a Board Member of the Ploughshares Fund, Trustee of the PEN American Center, New York, and Board Member/ Vice Chair of the Center for Victims of Torture, which he co-founded. He previously served as a Board Member and Vice President/ President Elect of the ACLU of Minnesota and as a Private Citizen Member of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2011. Mr. Heins won the Minnesota Governor’s Award for International Human Rights Activities in 1987, and the Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award in 2008. He also won the University of Minnesota Regents Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010.

Mr. Heins earned a B.A. in 1968 and a J.D. in 1972, both from the University of Minnesota. He speaks French.