Advocacy for the Profession

Amicus Briefs

The MSBA files amicus briefs with the courts on selected issues. Sections and committees must follow procedures under our Bylaws before submitting an amicus brief.

Court Rules

The MSBA petitions the Minnesota Supreme Court for rule changes and submits comments on proposed rule changes. Sometimes comments are submitted to court-related entities such as the Board of Law Examiners, the Board of Continuing Legal Education, and the Court’s various Rules Advisory Committees.

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued an Order granting the MSBA’s petition requesting changes to the Rules of Lawyer Registration. The petition asked that attorneys be required to report the number of pro bono hours they complete each year, and whether they made any financial contributions to a legal services program serving low-income people. Beginning January 1, 2022, these questions will be part of the form attorneys complete when they renew their license. The MSBA will work with the Lawyer Registration Office and State Court to provide more complete information to its members and the bar about the reporting obligation prior to the effective date.

The MSBA has a working group proposing amendments to court rules that would facilitate allowing an attorney to request a personal leave. MSBA sections and committees, affinity bars, and other legal organizations are encouraged to sign as supporters of the proposal by contacting Nancy Mischel at by May 20. Note the link to the rule begins with the background report, then provides the draft rule language and proposed court forms..


The MSBA is the collective voice of the legal profession at the Minnesota Capitol, advocating for a strong justice system and statutory improvements. Keep informed throughout the legislative session via our weekly member communications. 

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