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2019-20 Annual Report


Section Membership

As of June 22, 2020 the Section has 4,035 members.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 7 CLE Events and 2 Social events in fiscal year 2019-20. 

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Introduction to your Employee Benefits – A New Attorneys Guide




1.0 Standard


2019 New Lawyers Leadership Conference



4.0 Standard and 1.0 Ethics


MSBA New Lawyers Holiday Party





Handling Your First Domestic Abuse or Harassment Case



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How to Grow Your Professional Network - Co-sponsored with LLN



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Coffee and Conversation Roundtable Series – Virtual Pre-Trial Litigation





Coffee and Conversation Roundtable Series – Strategies for New Lawyers in Pan(dem)ic



1.0 Standard


Student Loans During the Time of Coronavirus



1.0 Standard


Virtual Happy Hour and NLS Annual Elections





Sleep and Well-Being – Discussing the importance of sleep, its impact on performance, and how to manage workloads



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Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 and 20 people attended. 

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

Chair: Kyle Willems, Bassford Remele, P.A.
Vice Chair: Qortney McLeod, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
Treasurer:  Colleen Case, Law Clerk to the Honorable Referee Ogunleye, Referee of Hennepin County Family Court
Secretary: Colin Hunter Hargreaves, Felhaber Larson, P.A.

Diversity and Inclusion
What diversity and inclusion goals did the Section include in the 2018-2019 work plan, how did you approach these goals, and what was the result? 

  • The New Lawyer’s Section continued its efforts to support diversity and inclusion, not only in the legal profession generally, but in the Section specifically.  
  • This year, the Section sought to re-ignite and re-orient the Diversity Committee. One of the Section’s goals for the Diversity Committee was to draft the Section’s first Diversity & Inclusion (“D&I”) Plan.  Although this goal was not met due to change over in the Diversity Committee, the Section has recruited new committee members who are in the planning phase of the D&I Plan.  The Section hopes to finalize and implement the D&I Plan in the 2020-2021 bar year.
  • The Section also sought to feature diverse speakers, programming and events throughout this bar year.  Although many of our scheduled programs and events were cancelled due to COVID-19, we had a diverse lineup of vintage women attorney’s prepared to speak at the Vintage Lawyers Event and a diverse lineup of men and women to speak on a New Lawyers panel at the MSBA Convention.  The Section hopes to be able to reschedule these events for the 2020-2021 bar year.

Other Section Accomplishments 

  • The New Lawyer’s Section grew substantially and expanded its role in multiple facets this past bar year.

    • The Section’s goal this year was to increase leadership opportunities for new lawyers. This started with the leadership opportunities available in our Section. We were able to attract a full slate of well-qualified leaders for each of our committees that were dedicated to moving our section forward. Then, we kicked off the fall with our annual New Lawyers Leadership Conference centered on “New Ways to Make Yourself a Leader,” which was a huge success. We continued to feature new lawyers in our CLE programming and in our monthly column in the Bench & Bar of Minnesota. We held our first Holiday Party, continued to recruit and retain law student participation, and started thinking of creative ways to connect our members with pro bono services that are critical to so many underserved Minnesotans.

    • Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, many of our Spring events had to be cancelled or postponed. However, amidst a global pandemic, our Section adapted. We changed our formatting and began holding monthly meetings over Zoom. We implemented additional roundtable discussions to connect and process our new reality. And we made our voice heard throughout the bar and beyond by taking a position on the July 2020 bar examinations.  The Section’s position on the July 2020 bar examinations was ultimately supported by the MSBA Council and submitted to the Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners and the American Bar Association.

Submitted By:

Blair Harrington, Section Chair

Date June 22, 2020


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