Public Law Section


The Public Law Section is all about Community, using the individual strengths of many to maintain a strong community for all.

  • We are a community of lawyers working in Local, State and Federal government, education, the Bench and various private law firms and businesses. 
  • We work together to provide services and programs relating to the unique needs of public and private attorneys involved with public law issues.
  • We sponsor numerous CLE programs each year addressing issues unique to lawyers working in public law, such as data practices, ethics, government immunities, constitutional law, legislative updates, and elimination of bias.  We welcome and include Law Student Section members. 

Section Benefits and Activities

Join the Public Law Section and as a PLS member you will:

  • Enhance your professional effectiveness, improve the justice system and contribute to the profession and the community. 
  • Receive in-depth information on issues affecting lawyers working in the public sector through:
    1. Newsletters
    2. Committee meetings
    3. Targeted, timely and very affordable CLEs and legislative updates;
  • Attend inexpensive and no cost to you CLE’s;
  • Build a powerful network of contacts in public and private sectors;
  • Have a voice in decision-making through special local and statewide committees, Supreme Court Boards, commissions and task forces.

Join the Public Law Section member community discussion.


Diversity Mission Statement

The MSBA’s Public Law Section (PLS) embraces the principles of diversity and inclusion.  PLS Bylaws require the Section take an active role in broadening representation with respect to geographical, race/ethnicity, physical and mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, and type of public employment (state, county, municipal, federal, part time, full time, legal services) , and to encourage participation and reduce barriers to participation of all public lawyers in Section activities.  
The PLS therefore has a steadfast commitment to: 
  • Seeking the active participation of diverse speakers and authors in Section programs and publications

  • Providing mentorship opportunities and increase Section membership of law students and newly admitted lawyers, with focus on under-represented minorities
  • Collaborating with others in the MSBA and greater legal community to build diversity awareness and create welcoming environments to achieve Section goals
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Public Service Projects

The first Wednesday of every even month, Public Law Section Members are invited to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. On June 5th 2019, this group of PLS members prepared and served a meal at the Ronald McDonald House.
                                                      RMH 6.5.19

Public Law Section Highlights

2018 Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence

The 2018 Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence was awarded to 
Hon. Manuel Cervantes and was 
Presented by Eric Larsen & James Street 

 Manuel Cervantes

Highlights from the 2018 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

 The Julius E. Gernes Prosecutor Award of Excellence
was awarded to John Choi
and was presented by
Hao Nguyen for MNAPABA



 The Public Attorney Award of Excellence for Civil Law 
 Public Law Office Counsel was awarded to Nancy Norman
 and was presented by Bryan Frantz

Pat Beety

The P. Kenneth Kohnstamm 
Pro Bono Attorney Award of Excellence 
was awarded to Patricia Beety 
and was presented by Lynn M. Belgea 


The Diversity Award was awarded to the Department of Human Services Appeals Division. Receiving the award on behalf of DHS was Louis Thayer, Inta Sellars, and Shireen Gandhi. It was presented by Sumbal Mahmud and Chris Cimafranca.

The Douglas K. Amdahl Public Attorney Career
Achievement Awards were awarded to:

Wendy Willson Legge

 Wendy Willson Legge
Presented by Laura Zajac

Terry Adkins

Terry Adkins 
Presented by John Baker 


Andy Mitchell

  Andy Mitchell
  Presented by Daniel Rogan


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