MSBA Public Law Data Practices Retreat

Event Description

Deadline to Register: 11:00 AM October 8th, 2019

Come join your fellow public law attorneys for a refreshing fall day in beautiful Brainerd, Minnesota at the Public Law Section Data Practices Retreat. Not only will you get to experience Minnesota's scenic fall season in its prime, you'll also learn the ins and outs of data practices like common misconceptions, useful cases & advisory opinions, and best practices for sharing data between entities. Stay for the day or make it into a weekend get-away. Discounted rooms are available but must be booked by 9/13 to ensure the discounted rate. Book now as limited rooms are available.

*Lunch will be included. Lunch, registration and networking will begin at 11:45 am. The CLE program begins at 12:00 pm and goes until 3:30 pm.

Retreat Schedule:

Panel 1 12:00 PM-1:00 PM What Data Practices Office Wishes Government Attorneys Knew: An Overview of the Common Misconceptions and Mistakes Made in Data Requests

The Data Practices Office handles thousands of calls each year from its government, public, legislative, and media partners. This overview will provide a snapshot of the types of questions the Office receives, while highlighting best practices and legal obligations when responding to data requests. It will also include a high-level overview of recent advisory opinions relevant to public attorneys.

Stacie Christensen | Director, Data Practices Office | Minnesota Department of Administration

1:00 PM-1:15 PM Networking Break

Panel 2 1:15 PM-2:15 PM Top Picks in Commissioner Opinions and Cases

When responding to data practices requests, what are your go-to opinions and cases? The speakers have culled through the last 20 years of cases and opinions to identify those that they find the most helpful in answering nuanced issues under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

Corrine Heine | Minnetonka City Attorney 

Sarah Sonsalla | Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

2:15 PM-2:30 PM Snack Break

Panel 3 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Laws that Govern Sharing of Data and Best Practices

This program will discuss the barriers that exist between Tribal governments and municipal governments regarding the exchange of information, specifically governmental documents that may or may not be public or nonpublic data. Specifically, this session will focus on institutional bias and prejudice that has existed in the collection and retention of government documents and the manner in which it has disproportionately impacted Tribal communities to their detriment.

R. Reid Lebeau II  | Shareholder, Jacobson Law Group

CLE Credits:

2.0 Standard CLE Credits Approved

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit Approved

Event Code: 279171


Public Law Section Member: $30
MSBA Member not in the section: $45
Non-MSBA Member: $60
Law Student: Free


Discounted Rooms Thursday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th at:

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes 
6967 Lake Forest Road
Baxter, MN 56425
Limited rooms available.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation via webcast is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE.


Want more information about the Public Law Section? 
To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.
Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
Questions? Contact Abby Ward | 612-278-6307

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Abby Ward via phone or email:  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

12:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Red Sand / Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes Baxter, MN United States