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Minnesota State Bar Association

Assembly Program
Friday, September 20, 2013

12:00 noon        Lunch

12:30 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions of Officers, Assembly Committee Chairs, staff, and others

12:45 p.m.         2013-14 Briefing for Assembly Members

      • Governance
      • Finances
      • Membership
      • Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
      • Minnesota State Bar Foundation

1:15 p.m.            Two Major Issues Facing the Legal Profession
We will spend thirty minutes on each of these issues.  The presenters will lead the Assembly in discussions exploring the possible scope of each issue.  At the conclusion of the discussion, the Assembly will consider whether the MSBA should continue to explore each issue, and identify possible solutions/responses, through creation of a task force.

2:15 p.m.            Breakout Sessions
Assembly members are free to attend any of the breakout sessions; however, the breakout groups are designed to be of the greatest value to representatives from the respective organizations.


Group Leaders



Chris Morris
Eric Larson
Emily McGann
Nicole Battles

Participants will leave with an understanding of:

  • MSBA Bylaws Articles 12, 13, and 14 and the process a section can use to recommend action by the MSBA or a section can use to take a position in its own name;
  • MSBA legislative policy and forms;
  • the way in which MSBA policies and legislative action are implemented including the role of LSAT; and
  • what staff services are available to sections.

Districts (other than HCBA and RCBA)

Robin Wolpert
Sonia Miller Van Oort
Joni Fenner
Steve Marchese

Participants will discuss:

  • How the outstate representatives can better communicate with leadership and membership of the outstate areas;
  • Challenges facing district bar associations including the question of whether the metropolitan districts surrounding Hennepin and Ramsey face unique challenges;
  • Opportunities for district bar associations within  Nine Days in June; and
  • A chance to recommend ways in which the MSBA can assist district bar associations.

Minority Bar Associations

Phil Duran
Jacqui Dorsey
Nancy Mischel

Participants will discuss:

  • The MSBA’s  revised focus on diversity efforts including an update on the addition of a director of diversity;
  • Opportunities for planning a elimination of bias program for the Nine Days in June programs;
  • The process and timeline the MSBA utilizes to make appointments to law related organizations and entities.

Justice System Partners  (Courts, Law Schools, ABA, MCLE, MDJA, MAJ, MDLA, MIPLA, MCAA, AAML, Fed Bar)

Mike Unger
Richard Kyle
Tim Groshens

Participants will discuss shared goals and ways in which we can cooperate to achieve common objectives.

3:30 p.m.            Reports from Breakout Sessions

4:00p.m.        Business Session [Web conference/teleconference available]

I.       Roll Call -- Check in at registration desk.

II.      President’s Report

III.     Treasurer’s Report

IV.    Executive Director’s Report

V.     Consent Calendar
Bylaw Article 4.9.3. -- Consent agenda. Recommendations by committees of the Assembly shall be placed on the consent agenda of the Assembly. Items on the consent agenda shall be enacted in one motion approved by the Assembly. There will not be separate discussion of items on the consent agenda unless a representative so requests. If any representative requests separate discussion, then the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered by the Assembly as a separate agenda matter.
A. Approval of minutes of the June 28, 2013 meeting
B. Action on the recommendation to approve the membership of Assembly Committees including non-Assembly members and authorize the President to make changes throughout the year

VI.    Additional Agenda Items
A.    Action on a motion to authorize consideration of items on this agenda that were not included in the original notice and purpose of the Assembly meeting (requires a 75% vote) {New agenda Items will be marked with an asterisk.}

VII.   Elections/Appointments Committee – Jacqueline Dorsey, Chair
A. Report on the work of the Committee
B. Action on the recommendation that the Assembly nominate Joseph Beckman, Hennepin County, and James Cullen, Hennepin County, to the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board\

Qualifications and Interest Statements were also submitted by Gary Hird, Ramsey County, and Mary Ward, Ramsey County.

C. Action on the recommendation that the Assembly nominate Howard Bolter, Hennepin County, to the State Board of Legal Certification
D. Action on the recommendation that the Assembly re-elect Andrew Baese, Ramsey County, to the Southern Minnesota Legal Services Board

VIII.  General Policy Committee – Eric Larson, Chair
A.    Report on the work of the Committee
B.    Action on the recommendation of the General Policy Committee for Assembly approval of the Human Rights Committee’s proposal related to renewal of an expired MSBA position concerning Civil Liberties

IX.    Governance Committee – Sonia Miller-VanOort, Chair
A. Report on the work of the Committee

X.     Judiciary Committee – Tom Fraser, Chair
A.    Report on the work of the Committee

XI.    Legislative Committee – Chris Morris, Chair
A. Report of the Legislative Committee

XII.   New Business

XIII.  Announcements
A.    Future Meetings

  • Friday, December 13, 2013 (noon)
  • Friday, April 25, 2014 (noon)
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 (10:00 am)

XIV.  Adjournment