Section Committees

Awards Committee: Chair – Blair Harrington

The Awards Committee oversees the submission of nominations and selection of the recipient of the Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award. More information about the award can be found here.


CLE Committee: Co-Chairs – Sarah Soucie Eyberg & John Meyer

The CLE Committee organizes the CLE programming held each month before the Section’s monthly meeting by choosing topics, securing presenters and securing approval of the CLE credits. Historically, the NLS has held a one-hour CLE prior to each month’s meetings from September through May. These CLEs are free to NLS members. In the past, the NLS has tried to provide at least one Ethics or Elimination of Bias CLE per year since those credits can be hard to come by for attorneys.

Community Service Committee: Co-Chairs – Laura Farley, Seth Zawila, & Caroline Bressman

The Community Service Committee organizes various volunteer events throughout the year as an opportunity for the NLS to give back to the community. The events can be scheduled for specific days, and/or time periods, or can even be ongoing charity drives. Once an event is organized, the committee will solicit volunteers from the NLS members to participate in the event.


Diversity CommitteeCo-Chairs – Richard Sharp, Kara Gray, Jenny Warfield, & Joel Kersch

The Diversity Committee works to promote diversity within the NLS and the legal profession. The committee determines what avenues are appropriate to take each year to accomplish this mission.

Publications Committee: Co-Chairs – Jim Thomson & Aaron Brown

The Publications Committee cultivates interest from New Lawyers Section Members to write an article for each Bench & Bar Issue. Topics can be varied, but the article must come from the perspective of a New Lawyer and present relevant information for lawyers who have been practicing for less than 6 years or who are younger than 36. This is a great opportunity for both Committee members and its featured writers to gain more exposure to the broader MSBA community.


Outreach Committee: Co-
Chairs –Brent Tunis, Richard Sharp, & Brian Tunis

The Outreach Committee is in charge of disseminating news about the NLS, its programming, and events to its members through the various forms of social media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Social Committee: Co-Chairs – Kyle Kroll & Colin Hargreaves

The Social Committee organizes the networking events for the NLS throughout the year. The committee coordinates dates with the other new lawyer sections of the Ramsey County Bar Association and Hennepin County Bar Association to host events sponsored or co-sponsored by the NLS. The committee also works to secure sponsorships from vendors to host such events.

New Lawyers Leadership Conference Committee: Co-Chairs – Colleen Case & Qortney McLeod

The New Lawyers Leadership Conference Committee oversees the organization and execution of the New Lawyers Leadership Conference. The committee works to secure a venue, plan the content and refine the details and logistics of the conference, and secure sponsorships from vendors to host the event.

Law School Engagement Committee: Co-Chairs – Jake Petersen, Kojo Addo, & Joel Kersch

This Committee oversees the engagement of law students within the New Lawyers Section and assists the greater MSBA membership with engaging with all three local law schools.