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About MSBA

Minnesota State Bar Association

Championing Justice, Equality, and Professionalism

Our Diversity Enriches Us, Our Inclusion Empowers Us

Founded in 1883, the Minnesota State Bar Association is the oldest professional association for attorneys in Minnesota. For licensed attorneys in Minnesota, membership is voluntary. Membership is open to any attorney licensed to practice law in any state. Membership is also available to law students, paralegals, and law management associates.

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. Please contact us if there are reasonable accommodations that would allow you to participate more fully within the Minnesota State Bar Association.

What We're Doing

  • Do you provide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services?

    ADR mediationIf so, take a look at the proposed changes to Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice posted by the court recently. The ADR Section of the MSBA is reviewing the proposed amendments at their meeting today to determine whether or not to weigh in. November 28 is the deadline for written comments and requests to appear at the hearing on December 19.

  • Proposed amendments to MN Rules of Civil Procedure

    MSBA proposal to bring the MRCP into conformity with the Federal Rules moves forward

    Over a year ago, the MSBA filed a petition with the court requesting amendments to the MN Rules of Civil Procedure that would a) bring a number of the rules into conformity with the federal rules of Civil Procedure, and 2) require the court to allocate 50% of unclaimed cy pres funds in state class action suits to civil legal services. The court referred the petition to its Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure. In its report, the Advisory Committee recommended the court adopt some of the proposed changes that would bring the MRCP into conformity with the Federal Rules, but recommended against adoption of the cy pres provision. The court has posted the Advisory Committee’s report for public comment. Comments are due November 28, with a hearing set for December 19.

  • Remodel Coming Soon

    ComingSoonThe MSBA is consolidating its office space and joining with the Hennepin County Bar Association to  share a single conference center.  Overall, the changes should save the MSBA between $50,000-70,000 per year.  Over the past seven years, the MSBA staff has been reduced.  In addition, design trends are making more use of less space.  The new conference center will consist of 6 conference rooms of varying sizes.  In addition to new carpet and wall coverings, members will experience better technology for remote participations.  The MSBA has seen an explosive growth in the number of remote participants at MSBA events.  We will improve our technology to respond.  Most of the work on the project will be done between Thanksgiving and the New year, a time when conference center usage is slower.



Our Leaders

SoniaMiller-Van Oort


Sonia Miller-Van Oort
Sapientia Law Group PLLC

Paul Godfrey


Paul Godfrey
Law Office of Paul Godfrey

What I do: I work for Farmers Insurance as the managing attorney for the Law Offices of Paul W. Godfrey. I manage 12 lawyers in our office who provide representation for Farmers and its insureds throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.    

My Volunteer Work:
Ramsey County Bar Association Committees
MSBA Civil Litigation Section
MSBA Secretary
MSBA Treasurer
MSBA President-Elect

Advice to New Members: If you want to become a leader, get involved in Bar activities. You will need to collaborate with people over whom you have no authority, find solutions to new and different problems, and adapt to a multitude of perspectives.



Tom Nelson
Stinson Leonard Street LLP



Dyan Ebert
Quinlivan & Hughes PA

What I do: I practice in the area of employment law, with an emphasis on public employment litigation. My clients are located throughout Minnesota and the matters I handle range from administrative actions to state and federal district court cases. 

My Volunteer Work: 
Local bar associations
Regional bar associations
Practice specific associations
MSBA Secretary

Advice to New Members: Join a Section to utilize resources relating to the substantive area of law you practice, give back to your community by volunteering as an attorney coach or judge through the Mock Trial program, or take on a pro bono case in conjunction with the Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee.