Friday, September 14, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Minnesota CLE Conference Center


10:00- 11:00 a.m. Expectations of Assembly Members

Good governance requires that every governing entity clearly establish expectations for its members.  This session will examine your expectations of your performance and that of other Assembly members.  The outcome will be a set of expectations that will guide your efforts during the year and serve as a guide for future members of the Assembly. 

11:00-12:00 Orientation Session: Fitting the pieces of the puzzle together

This fast moving session will provide new and returning Assembly members with an overview of the MSBA and the Assembly.  Staff and volunteer leaders will cover the history of the MSBA, Bylaws, Strategic Plan, and other governing documents.  We will examine the relationship between the MSBA, Minnesota CLE, the Minnesota State Bar Foundation and LawPAC.  In addition, the officers and key staff will be available to address your questions. 

12:00-1:00 p.m. The MSBA Lunch Festival

The CLE Lobby will be filled with tables staffed by MSBA employees and volunteers demonstrating the work of our sections and committees and some of the most valuable programs of the MSBA.  In addition to learning more about the MSBA and its programs and services, which will improve your effectiveness as a member of the Assembly, you will have a chance to increase your knowledge of the MSBA, win valuable prizes, including a chance at an Amazon Kindle, and enjoy desserts.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Policy Development

One of the most significant responsibilities of the MSBA is to serve as the spokesperson for its 16,000 plus members.  Under the governance revisions that took effect last year the MSBA Assembly has the exclusive authority to establish the policy positions of the MSBA. This session will review current policies; explore best practices in policy development; and create an agenda for the year.

A.      Current MSBA Policies: an overview of existing MSBA positions.

B.      Best Practices in Policy Development:  This segment will begin with a report on the process used by the ABA House of Delegates to develop policy.  Several speakers will then give 3-5 minute presentations on specific aspects of policy development.  Members of the Assembly will then adopt a policy development process that will be used during the year.

C.      This segment will identify specific policy issues the Assembly may address this year and solicit comments from Assembly members.  Five minutes on each. 

3:00-4:00 p.m. Business Session

I.       Roll Call -- Check in at registration desk.


II.      President’s Report


III.     Treasurer’s Report


IV.    Executive Director’s Report


V.     Consent Calendar

Bylaw Article 4.9.3. -- Consent agenda. Recommendations by committees of the Assembly shall be placed on the consent agenda of the Assembly. Items on the consent agenda shall be enacted in one motion approved by the Assembly. There will not be separate discussion of items on the consent agenda unless a representative so requests. If any representative requests separate discussion, then the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered by the Assembly as a separate agenda matter.

A.     Approval of minutes of the June 29, 2012 meeting


VI.    Additional Agenda Items

         A.    Action on a motion to authorize consideration of items on this agenda that were not included in the original notice and purpose of the Assembly meeting (requires a 75% vote) {New agenda Items will be marked with an asterisk.}


VII.   Elections/Appointments Committee – Dyan Ebert, Chair

A.    Report on the work of the Committee

B.    Action on the recommendation that the Assembly nominate Patrick Burns, Hennepin County, to the Legal Services Advisory Committee

C.    Action on the recommendation that the Assembly nominate Christopher Cain and Robin Wolpert to the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board

D.    Action on the recommendation that the Assembly nominate Candace Dale to the State Board of Legal Certification

E.    Action on the recommendation that the Assembly re-elect Thomas Hatch to the Southern Minnesota Legal Services Board

F.    Action on the recommendation that the Assembly elect Dyan Ebert to complete the final year of Mike Ford’s term on the Minnesota CLE Board


VIII.  General Policy Committee – Eric Larson, Chair; Trudy Halla, Vice Chair

         A.    Report on the work of the Committee

         B.    Action on the request of the Civil Trial Certification Board to make changes to the Standards including the addition of “Senior Specialist” and “Judicial Fellow” status

         *C.   Action on the recommendation of the Policy Committee that the MSBA oppose the voter identification amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that will be on the ballot in November of 2012


IX.    Governance Committee – Sonia Miller-VanOort, Chair

A.     Report on the work of the Committee


X.     Judiciary Committee – Mike Unger, Chair

         A.    Report on the work of the Committee

         B.    Action on the Report and Recommendation of the Legislative and Judiciary Committees on a process and timeline for considering renewal of the MSBA’s position on judicial elections


XI.    Legislative Committee –Thad Lightfoot, Chair; Chris Morris, Vice Chair

A.     Report of the Legislative Committee


XII.   New Business

A.    Action on the recommendation to approve the membership of Assembly Committees including non-Assembly members and authorize the President to make changes throughout the year


XIII.  Announcements

         A.    Future Meetings

·         Friday, December 14, 2012 (noon)

·         Thursday, April 25, 2013 (noon)

·         Friday, June 28, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)


XIV.  Adjournment


4:00 Adjournment