Construction Law Section



Who We Are | Our Mission

The Construction Law Section is an engaged and active Section of the MSBA. With over 300 members, the Section serves its members and the legal community to improve the practice of construction law in Minnesota, provide opportunities for continuing education in this broad practice area, and liaison with other sections of the MSBA and other groups in the construction arena to address issues that concern the construction industry.


Section Benefits and Activities

Join the Construction Law Section and as a member you will:

- Keep up with the latest developments in construction law;
- Develop insights into legislative proposals that affect your practice through the Section's legislative committee;
- Attend 9+ low-cost CLE programs per year;
- Engage in community service through Second Harvest Heartland donations and a law student writing competition;
- Network with construction law colleagues at CLEs, socials, and occasional venue tours such as Allianz Field. 



Committees

Legislative

The MSBA Construction Law Section has a robust legislative committee that works to advance the field of construction law. Each legislative session the MSBA Construction Law Legislative Committee identifies issues and areas of law that could be changed, revised, or updated in order to improve or clarify construction law. The committee thoroughly vets legislative proposals and brings the final proposals to the Section for consideration. If approved by the Section and the greater MSBA, members of the Construction Law Section are often asked to provide subject-matter testimony at the legislature.


Amicus Brief Subcommittee
The Amicus Brief Subcommittee submits briefs to address important points of law, practice or issues in construction law.  The Subcommittee has been invited to submit amicus briefs by the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and district court judges. More commonly, the committee sees cases or receives telephone calls from attorneys who are involved in or outraged by the decision. 
 
The submission of an amicus brief must be approved by the Section membership or, as frequently occurs because of operative time constraints, by the Executive Committee of the Section. The Chairs of the Amicus Committee must review cases for purposes of a recommendation for participation by the Section. For an informed recommendation, this usually entails obtaining the memoranda of law or briefs, underlying orders and miscellaneous pleadings.

Amicus Brief Subcommittee Guidelines

Diversity & Inclusion

The Construction Law Section is committed to Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. The Construction Law Section understands the importance of diversity and inclusion in regard to increasing collective awareness, increasing membership and influence, and improving the Section’s long-term viability. Currently, the Construction Law Section’s Diversity & Inclusion subcommittee is creating a Section specific Diversity & Inclusion plan which will include concrete goals and transparent measures for analyzing the progress made.

Construction Law Section Writing Contest

The Construction Law Section invites 2L’s and 3L’s from the local law schools to showcase their writing skills and compete for two cash prizes, awarded to the best submissions on that year’s topic. Topics vary year to year. Check back in July 2020 for more information about the current writing competition. 

Join ProJusticeMN.org!

If you are a pro bono or legal services practitioner, law student, or faculty advising low-income or disadvantages clients, you are encouraged to join ProJusticeMN.org at no charge. The site provides online poverty law resources in many practice areas. Member benefits include: monthly newsletter, volunteer opportunities guide, practice area libraries, and a monthly calendar of events. Join today!


Section members, visit the Construction Law Community at my.mnbar.org!