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Members Services Guide

Member Services Guide

Professional Development & Enrichment


MSBA member Chris Head discusses the importance of complete and polished member profiles in attracting attention and new business.


Committees and Sections 

The opportunity to join and participate in the work of committees and sections is among the most effective and rewarding benefits of membership in the Minnesota State Bar Association. Participating in committees and sections helps you develop and enhance your practice and professional skills; provides you with opportunities to propose and comment on legislation or rules related to the law; gives you the ability to develop lifelong professional relationships; and helps you become a leader in the profession. 


Career/Employment Opportunities

Whether you’re an attorney looking to make a change or a firm looking for a qualified legal professional to join your staff, the MSBA’s Opportunity Market classifieds section—which appears online as well as in the print edition of Bench & Bar of Minnesota—is for you.


MN Find a Lawyer

If you’re looking to reach potential clients and expand your business, the MSBA’s public-facing MN Find a Lawyer online directory is for you. This directory’s profiles are viewed thousands of times a week, and it’s entirely free to MSBA members and to the public. All you have to do is opt in. For best results, a detailed attorney profile that includes a photo and practice area information is suggested. 


MSBA Colleague Directory

The MSBA's exclusive members-only directory is a great place to 1) find experienced member attorneys willing to provide a brief consult or answer your questions; and 2) list yourself or find other members offering contract services, co-counsel opportunities, or referrals.


Specialist Certification

Since 1987, the Minnesota State Bar Association has been approved as an independent professional organization for certifying lawyers as legal specialists. Through testing, peer review from lawyers and judges, and documentation of experience, the MSBA Legal Specialist Certification Program measures a lawyer’s expertise in a specialty area. Although many lawyers limit their practice areas, only lawyers who successfully complete the application process and continue to meet all program standards may call themselves MSBA Board Certified Legal Specialists. Certification is open to both members and nonmembers.

Certification is offered in the following areas:

  • Civil Trial Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • For more information on certification, please check out the Certifications homepage or call us at (800) 882-6722 or (612) 333-1183.


MSBA member Emma Maddy talks about her experience in the New Lawyers Section and the value of section membership in career development.