Government Relations

The MSBA is the collective, persuasive voice of the legal profession at the Capitol. Our year-round government relations staff joins with contract in-session lobbyists to vigorously advocate on behalf of our member attorneys and legal professionals.

In every budget cycle we give 
clear voice to the support of funding the justice system, working to ensure adequate funding for the courts, public defenders, and civil legal services. (See 2015 Justice System Funding) We also provide technical assistance to legislators and spearhead issues that are of interest or concern to the profession.

The MSBA promotes an active legislative agenda, working with related stakeholders to advance technically sound, well-grounded policy proposals via our organization’s carefully crafted legislative positions. Sections and committees within the membership engage in the legislative process as well by proposing MSBA sponsored legislation that is practice-area specific, and in some cases advance legislative positions in their own name.

Members are kept apprised of legislative developments in a timely 
fashion through regular communications and the availability of staff to field questions and address concerns. MSBA membership provides a proven, well-honed vehicle to engage in the legislative process and articulate the interests of the profession.

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Get Involved

The MSBA offers several ways for members to get involved in the legislative process.  Our committees and sections often develop legislative proposals which are then reviewed by the Legislative Committee. Proposals are vetted annually.  The Legislative Committee members are members of the Assembly who have been selected by the President.

The MSBA recognizes and appreciates the power of the collective voice, and is committed to grassroots advocacy.  More information on opportunities to get involved in your community can be found on our Advocacy page.

For more information on ways to get involved, please contact Sherri Knuth, MSBA Government Relations & Membership Engagement Director, at (612) 278-6330.