Recent Trends in the Law Governing Reasonable Accommodations and Public Law Awards Ceremony

Event Description

Online registration is closed. Email Abby Ward at to register

Please join the Public Law Section (PLS) at our Annual Meeting where we will discuss recent trends in the law governing reasonable accommodations followed by the presentation of the 2021 PLS Awards. We will also hold the annual council elections.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 am - 10:00 am - Workplace Disability Accommodations in the time of COVID-19

Two experienced civil rights lawyers discuss the reasonable accommodation law, the versatility of the legal standards, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to reimagine the universe of accommodations.


Nick Pladson | General Counsel | Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Laurie Vasichek | Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School | Former Senior Trial Attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Q&A Panel with Current Practitioners 

Following the Workplace Disability Accommodations in the time of COVID-19 presentation our panel of current practitioners will answer questions about reasonable accommodations (religious, disability, and COVID-19) as well as any audience questions.  


Katie Lynch | Attorney | Civil Division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
Beverly Wolfe | Assistant County Attorney | Hennepin County Attorney's Office 
Bryan Frantz | Assistant County Attorney | Anoka County Attorney's Office 
Peter Zuniga | Deputy City Attorney | City of Bloomington, MN
Moderator: Margaret Jacot | Associate General Counsel | Metropolitan Council

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - PLS Awards Presentation*

Public Attorney Award of Excellence – Civil Law – Public Law Office Counsel
Katherine Kelly

Public Attorney Award of Excellence - In-House Agency Counsel
Karl Procaccini

Public Lawyer Diversity Award 
Minnesota Association of City Attorneys Executive Committee (Immediate Past President Maria Cisneros, President Tom Jacobson, 1st Vice President Jared Shepherd)

Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence
The Honorable Thomas Gilligan, Jr.

Douglas K. Amdahl Public Attorney Career Achievement Award
Clifford Greene
Donald Mueting
Kate Berger
Patricia Winget
Sara Stoltman 

*Non-Public Law Section members interested in attending only the awards ceremony should email Abby Ward at for the zoom link

Public Law Donation Match
As public lawyers, many of us have limited opportunities for pro bono legal work, but we do have opportunities to enrich the communities we serve. Historically, the Public Law Section has done charity drives at our Annual Meeting. Since we cannot do an in-person charity drive this year we selected a few organizations for our Section to match donations. We will match up to $250 of total donations for each organization. The organizations and how to participate in the donation match are below:

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Donate online at: . After selecting your donation amount, fill in the text box “Memo Related to Donation” and enter "Minnesota State Bar Association’s Public Law Section" to have your donation included in the match.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid - Willmar Office Video Overviewing their Work  Video on Newest Projects
Donate online at: LegalAid ( In the designated drop down menu choose “Willmar Office.” Then in the “Comment” Section, enter “PLS.”
Donate via check. Put “PLS – Willmar” in the memo/note section of the check. Checks should be mailed to:
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
c/o Barb O’Connell
111 North 5th Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Every Meal | About | Mission: Fight child hunger through community and school partnerships.
Donate to Every Meal through the MSBA Public Law Section's online donation page:

CLE Credits:

1.5 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 375054


Public Law Section Members: Free*
MSBA Member not in the Public Law Section: $5
Non-MSBA Member: $5
Law Student: FREE

*Join the Public Law Section: Not a Section Member? Sign up now and receive membership through June 30th, 2022. That’s 16 months for the price of 12!

Deadline to register: June 9, 2021 

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: 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 the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Abby Ward

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Friday, June 11, 2021

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Live Webinar via Zoom