MSBA Employee Benefits Section
Annual Report


Section Membership
As of June 19, 2018, the Section has 149 members. 

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $10,376.85 as of May 21, 2018. 

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 2 CLE programs in fiscal year 2017-18.  

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop



5.0 Standard

1.0 Ethics


Corporate Law Department Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives – Attracting and Retaining In-House Lawyers and Retention of Outs



1.0 Elimination of Bias



Annual Meeting and Election Results 
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 5, 2018 and 55 people attended. 

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019:

  1. Courtney Colby
  2. Hallie Goodman
  3. Thomas Henke
  4. Ruth Marcott
  5. Denise Tataryn

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019:

Chair:  Tim Goodman
Vice-Chair:  Jewelie Grape
Secretary:  Theresa Corona
Treasurer:  Lisa Robinson
Past Chair:  Stacey Rice

Diversity and Inclusion

Our diversity and inclusion goal was to leverage the local law school contacts that spoke on our diversity/inclusion panel at the 2017 year-end meeting to host a diversity law student event. While we were not able to schedule a law student event this year, we instead focused on diversity and inclusion with our 2018 year-end meeting regarding diversity and inclusion in corporate law departments. While our 2017 efforts focused on law students and the “pipeline” for diversity, this year’s panel focused more on how we can retain diversity by changing certain corporate and law firm practices.

Other Section Accomplishments

Members attended the University of MN Meet the Bar Day through the MSBA. Through this opportunity, section members had the opportunity to “advertise” the practice area and develop interest in younger talent. 

The section sponsored a New Lawyers CLE. With the sponsorship, section members were permitted to attend the post-seminar reception again increasing visibility of the practice area and section.

In an effort to increase section value, the section added a social networking reception to its annual seminar that was well received and attended.

Submitted By:
Stacey Rice, Section Chair
Date June 26, 2018