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Public Law Section


The Public Law Section is all about Community, using the individual strengths of many to maintain a strong community for all.

  • We are a community of lawyers working in Local, State and Federal government, education, the Bench and various private law firms and businesses. 
  • We work together to provide services and programs relating to the unique needs of public and private attorneys involved with public law issues.
  • We sponsor numerous CLE programs each year addressing issues unique to lawyers working in public law, such as data practices, ethics, government immunities, constitutional law, legislative updates, and elimination of bias.  We welcome and include Law Student Section members. 

Section Benefits and Activities

Join the Public Law Section and as a PLS member you will:

  • Enhance your professional effectiveness, improve the justice system and contribute to the profession and the community. 
  • Receive in-depth information on issues affecting lawyers working in the public sector through:
    1. Newsletters
    2. Committee meetings
    3. Targeted, timely and very affordable CLEs and legislative updates;
  • Attend inexpensive and no cost to you CLE’s;
  • Build a powerful network of contacts in public and private sectors;
  • Have a voice in decision-making through special local and statewide committees, Supreme Court Boards, commissions and task forces.

Join the Public Law Section member email discussion list.

Diversity Mission Statement

The MSBA’s Public Law Section (PLS) embraces the principles of diversity and inclusion.  PLS Bylaws require the Section take an active role in broadening representation with respect to geographical, race/ethnicity, physical and mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, and type of public employment (state, county, municipal, federal, part time, full time, legal services) , and to encourage participation and reduce barriers to participation of all public lawyers in Section activities.  
The PLS therefore has a steadfast commitment to: 
  • Seeking the active participation of diverse speakers and authors in Section programs and publications

  • Providing mentorship opportunities and increase Section membership of law students and newly admitted lawyers, with focus on under-represented minorities

  • Collaborating with others in the MSBA and greater legal community to build diversity awareness and create welcoming environments to achieve Section goals

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Public Law Section Highlights

2015 Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence

May 15, 2015
The Honorable Waldemar B. Senyk

The Honorable Waldemar B. Senyk

Highlights from the 2015 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Patricia Beety Manny Munson-Regala Jed Burkett

From Left:  Patricia Beety, Defense Litigation Supervisor, League of MN Cities; Manny Munson-Regala, Assistant Commissioner, MN Department of Health; and Jed Burkett, Land Use Attorney, League of MN Cities presenting on the various aspects and implications of Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Law at Age One

Giving Back to COMMUNITY

Members of the Public Law Section are committed to giving back as well as staying on top of pressing public law issues.  At 2:45 p.m. on the first Wednesday of even months (February 3, April 6, June 1, August 3, October 5 and December 7, 2016) volunteers with the Public Law Section prepare a meal for up to 300 people for Loaves and Fishes at Holy Rosary Church in South Minneapolis.  Help is always welcome and appreciated.

Loaves and Fishes Loaves and Fishes

Members of the Public Law Section participate in Sponsor-a-Family during the holidays to provide gifts to those in need.


Become part of the PLS Community today.  JOIN PLS TODAY!