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About MSBA

Minnesota State Bar Association

Championing Justice, Equality, and Professionalism

Our Diversity Enriches Us, Our Inclusion Empowers Us

Founded in 1883, the Minnesota State Bar Association is the oldest professional association for attorneys in Minnesota. For licensed attorneys in Minnesota, membership is voluntary. Membership is open to any attorney licensed to practice law in any state. Membership is also available to law students, paralegals, and law management associates.

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. Please contact us if there are reasonable accommodations that would allow you to participate more fully within the Minnesota State Bar Association.

What We're Doing

Star Tribune Publishes Letter to the Editor from MSBA President Paul Godfrey on 9/13/18
The letter focused on the importance of voting in judicial elections and where to find information. Here's an excerpt: "Early voting for the November general election starts on September 21. Do you ever look at the judges on the ballot and wonder who the heck to vote for? If so, you are not alone. Many people even skip casting a vote in these races because they are afraid of making the wrong choice. In this year’s two contested statewide judicial races—one for the Supreme Court and one for the Court of Appeals—you can avoid that fate by taking a look at the candidate information available at, a website sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)."

MSBA Judicial Poll Results
A poll of MSBA attorney members was held in July regarding the two candidates for the contested supreme court judicial seat and the two candidates for the contested court of appeals judicial seat. Incumbent Justice Margaret Chutich garnered 96% of the votes, with Michelle MacDonald receiving 4%. Appellate Court Judge Lucinda Jesson received 91% of the votes, while Anthony (A.L.) Brown received 9%.

Resolution on Family Separation at U.S. Borders
The resolution, adopted by the Assembly on June 29, expresses concerns regarding recent federal immigration policies resulting in the separation of minor children from their parents. The resolution urges federal legislation to ensure the practice of separating families cannot be reinstated, and that arrangements be made for a safe and expedient way for separated children to be reunited with their parents. Minnesota Women Lawyers has signed onto the MSBA resolution.








Our Leaders

Paul Godfrey


Paul Godfrey
Law Office of Paul Godfrey



Tom Nelson
Stinson Leonard Street LLP



Dyan Ebert
Quinlivan & Hughes PA

Jennifer Thompson


Jennifer Thompson
Thompson Tarasek Lee-O'Halloran PLLC