MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Section Annual Report | 2020 - 2021

Section Membership
As of June 30, 2021 the Section has 183 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $10,679.28 as of May 31, 2021.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 5 events in fiscal year 2020-21.  

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

# of Attendees

Introduction to FSA Planning



1.0 Standard


Chapter 12 Bankruptcy for Family Farmers (co-sponsored with Bankruptcy Law Section)



1.0 Standard


2021 MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Institute | Part I



2.0 Standard


2021 MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Institute | Part II



2.0 Standard


2021 MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Institute | Part III



1.0 Elimination of Bias


Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on April 27, 2021 and 28 people attended. 

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022:

Greg Bucher
Scott Carlson
Patrick Costello
Michael Dove
Gary Hansen
Joe Roach 
Chris Roe
Susan Burns

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022:

Kale Van Bruggen, Chair
Joe Smentek, Vice Chair
Melissa Cross, Treasurer
Sarah Jewell, Secretary

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
The section hosted a CLE titled “Getting Past the Bumpiness™ - Allyship for Legal Professionals Who Aren’t White in Skin Color” presented by Human Inspiration Works, LLC owner Ellie Krug. This presentation provided section members with an excellent overview on racial issues in Minnesota and was a unique opportunity to hear from a transgender attorney.

Other Section Accomplishments
During the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting statewide shut downs, the Section continued to thrive by holding 5 CLEs, co-sponsoring with the MSBA Bankruptcy Law Section for one of them, and holding its annual meeting and annual Institute online via Zoom. The Section showed support to its members by offering the Institute free of charge, to assist members in obtaining valuable CLE credits and keep up to date with important developments in areas such as the case law update, legislative update, bankruptcy law and other areas of law. We also heard from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with updates on hemp production, regulation and development of markets. Our section donated funds to the Minnesota State Bar Association's State wide Mock Trial program.

In all, the Section remains strong both financially and in terms of its members, thanks in large part to the dedication of the Section Council. We also welcomed a new Section Council member, Susan Burns. I look forward to a strong 2021-2022 with our new council members and leaders. 

Submitted By:
Sarah Jewell, Section Chair
Date: July 12, 2021