Public Law Section

The MSBA Public Law Section provides services and programs to meet the special needs of public lawyers and private attorneys involved in public law issues. The section sponsors CLE programs relevant to public law such as data practices, ethics for public lawyers, government immunities, constitutional law, legislative updates, and elimination of bias in the legal profession. Law Student Section members liaise with the Public Law Council.

Section Benefits and Activities

MSBA Public Law Section provides prosecutors, defenders, judges, and all other public and private attorneys involved in local, county, state or federal government with opportunities to enhance their professional effectiveness, to improve the justice system, and to contribute to the profession and community. The benefits include

  • In-depth information on issues affecting public lawyers through regular newsletters, targeted CLEs, seminars and legislative updates.
  • A chance to meet, work with, and build a powerful network of contacts in public and private sectors through seminars, committees and events.

  • A voice in decision-making through special local and statewide committees, Supreme Court Boards, commissions, and task forces.

Committees: Awards, Data Practices, Ethics, Community and Public Serve, Membership, Local Government, and Newsletter.


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, racial, 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

Loaves and Fishes

On the first Wednesday of every other month, MSBA Public Law Section (PLS) volunteers to cook meals for 250 to 300 people at Holy Rosary church off Cedar Ave. and 26th St. in South Minneapolis. The Public Law Section contributes $300 to each Loaves and Fishes meal cooked by PLS volunteers and the remaining cost (approximately $250) is paid through individual donations and food obtained from the Second Harvest Food Bank. If you are interested in participating in the meal cooking or set up or making a financial contribution towards the cost of the food, please contact Kim Buechel Mesun at Both willing helpers and financial support are welcome! Our future Loaves and Fishes meals are on February 3, 2016 and April 6, 2016 (starting at 2:45 pm).


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