2023 - 2024 Section Council

Governing Council

Chair
Connie Armstrong | Harris Company

Vice-Chair
Sarah Roeder | Wunderlich-Malec Engineering Inc

Treasurer
James Cownie | Minnesota Department of Transportation

Secretary
Julia Douglass | Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson PA

Past Chair
Scott Andresen | Bradford Andresen Norrie & Camarotto PLLP

Member
Jessica Wagner | McGough Construction Co LLC
Mark Kalar | Cuningham Group Architecture Inc
John Markert | Larson King LLP
Jessica Knox | Stinson LLP (Minneapolis)
Kyle Willems | Bassford Remele
Thomas Radio | Felhaber Larson (Minneapolis)
Erin Neils | Egan Companies
Peter Doely | Maslon LLP
Corey Bronczyk | Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala PA
Mike Schechter | Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
Elise Radaj | Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson PA
Robert Shainess | Capstone Law LLC

Law Student Liaison


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. Click here for information on this year's 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 Bylaws
Click here to view the most recent bylaws to the section.  

Sections Program Manager

Kelly Kozicky
(612) 278-6307