Public Law Section


The Public Law Section is all about Community, using the individual strengths of many to maintain a strong community for all.

  • We are a community of lawyers working in Local, State and Federal government, education, the Bench and various private law firms and businesses. 
  • We work together to provide services and programs relating to the unique needs of public and private attorneys involved with public law issues.
  • We sponsor numerous CLE programs each year addressing issues unique to lawyers working in public law, such as data practices, ethics, government immunities, constitutional law, legislative updates, and elimination of bias.  We welcome and include Law Student Section members. 

Section Benefits and Activities

Join the Public Law Section and as a PLS member you will:

  • Enhance your professional effectiveness, improve the justice system and contribute to the profession and the community. 
  • Receive in-depth information on issues affecting lawyers working in the public sector through:
    1. Newsletters
    2. Committee meetings
    3. Targeted, timely and very affordable CLEs and legislative updates;
  • Attend inexpensive and no cost to you CLE’s;
  • Build a powerful network of contacts in public and private sectors;
  • Have a voice in decision-making through special local and statewide committees, Supreme Court Boards, commissions and task forces.

Join the Public Law Section member community discussion.


Diversity Mission Statement

The MSBA’s Public Law Section (PLS) embraces the principles of diversity and inclusion.  PLS Bylaws require the Section take an active role in broadening representation with respect to geographical, race/ethnicity, physical and mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, and type of public employment (state, county, municipal, federal, part time, full time, legal services) , and to encourage participation and reduce barriers to participation of all public lawyers in Section activities.  
The PLS therefore has a steadfast commitment to: 
  • Seeking the active participation of diverse speakers and authors in Section programs and publications

  • Providing mentorship opportunities and increase Section membership of law students and newly admitted lawyers, with focus on under-represented minorities
  • Collaborating with others in the MSBA and greater legal community to build diversity awareness and create welcoming environments to achieve Section goals

Public Service Projects

On August 2nd the PLS prepared and served the meal at the Ronald McDonald House.
Ronald McDonald House 1

We will continue this effort on the first Wednesday of every even month and would love for you to volunteer!

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Public Law Section Highlights

2017 Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence

The 2017 Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence was awarded to 
Judge Donovan Frank and was 
Presented by Greg Brooker


Highlights from the 2017 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Schleicher and Brooker
Allyn and Brooker


 The Julius E. Gernes Prosecutor Award of Excellence was awarded to 
Julie Allyn and Steven Schleicher
and was presented by Greg Brooker



 The William E. McGee Public Defender Award of Excellence was awarded  to  
 Daniel Lew and was presented by Evan Tsai

Lutterman and Johnson

The Public Attorney Award of Excellence for Civil Law 
Public Law Office Counsel was awarded to Alison Lutterman 
and was presented by Gunnar Johnson 

Orren and Trueman

The Public Attorney Award of Excellence for In House Agency Counsel was  awarded  to David Orren and was presented by Laura Nehl-Trueman

Page and Abelson

The Public Lawyer Diversity Award was awarded to Justice Alan Page 
and was presented by Dan Abelson 


The Douglas K. Amdahl Public Attorney Career Achievement Awards were awarded to:


 Margaret Cornielle
Presented and Accepted by Nancy McLean


Peter Ginder 
Presented and Accepted by Eric Nilsson 



 Thomas Grundhoefer
 Presented by Corrine Heine
 Accepted by Jane Grundhoefer


Honorable Ann Montgomery 
Presented and Accepted by Greg Brooker 

Vasaly and Gephart
 Thomas Vasaly
 Presented by Tim Gephart



Margaret Westin 
Presented by Katie Engler 
Accepted by Sonja Foy 


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