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MSBA Administrative Law Section
Annual Report

Section Membership
As of April 20, 2012, the Administrative Law Section has 140 members.

Financial Status
The Administrative Law Section had an account balance of $5,113.01 as of May 31, 2012.

Continuing Legal Education Programs
The Section hosted four CLE programs in fiscal year 2011-12. 

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Military Veterans and Service Members in the Minnesota Criminal Justice System



2.0 EOB


Regulatory Enforcement Under the Dayton Administration- Winning Compliance and Enforcing the Law



1.0 Standard


Is Minnesota Administrative Law Trading State Case Law for Federal Principles?



1.0 Standard


Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General: Who is the OIG? Why was it created? What does this mean for you?



1.0 Standard



Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 13 and 34 people attended. 

The following council members were re-elected to serve on the Administrative Law Section Governing Council from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014:

Julie Brunner
Daniel Gifford
Sangeeta Jain
Jocelyn Olson
Samuel Orbovich
Patricia Winget


The following officers were elected to serve on the Administrative Law Section Governing Council from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012.

Chair:  Samuel Orbovich
Vice-Chair:  Sangeeta Jain
Secretary/Treasurer:  Maria Pretzer


Other Section Accomplishments

Funding the George Beck Volunteer Lawyers Network VISTA Attorney Position: The Administrative Law Section carried on its four-year tradition of financially supporting the Volunteer Lawyers Network, to assist them in providing legal services to low-income people through volunteer lawyers. In 2009, the Administrative Law Section raised funds as a scholarship for VLN to hire a law clerk to specifically assist VLN to serve the administrative law needs of those who cannot pay for legal services.
Our partnership with VLN has since evolved into supporting VLN’s hiring an attorney through Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). This VISTA attorney creates and organizes resources for VLN’s clinics. She also has provided CLE and other training programs for VLN’s volunteer attorneys, who give referrals and volunteer for VLN’s new statewide Legal Service Line.
The Administrative Law Section dedicated this project to the honor of George Beck, Minnesota’s retired administrative law judge and esteemed scholar in administrative law. This year, the Public Law Section and Public Utilities Law Section again joined the Administrative Law Section in underwriting VLN’s VISTA attorney position.

Submitted By:
Patricia Winget, Section Chair
Date June 29, 2012



MSBA Administrative Law Section
Annual Report

Section Membership
As of May 26, 2011, the Administrative Law Section has 143 members.

Financial Status
The Administrative Law Section had an account balance of $4,831.27 as of April 30, 2011. 

Continuing Legal Education Programs
The Section hosted three CLE programs in fiscal year 2010-11. 

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

35th Anniversary of the MN Administrative Procedures Act Symposium



2.0 Standard
1.0 EOB


Licensing Due Process: Overview of Applicable Laws and Appeals Processes for Determinations of Maltreatment of Minors and Vulnerable Adults, Disqualification Determinations, and Licensing Actions and Sanctions



2.0 Standard


Using the Data Practices Act: Issues In Getting and Giving Information Under Chapter 13



1.0 Standard


Legislation and Amicus Briefs


Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Administrative Law Section’s Annual Meeting and Elections were held on June 8, 2011, at the University Club in St. Paul, MN.  In addition to the Section’s business meeting, the morning included the presentation of the Beck Scholarship to VLN and a CLE presentation.  The CLE featured the following topics and speakers:

33 individuals attended the Section’s Annual Meeting.  The CLE was approved for 1.0 hour of Standard CLE credit (Event Code: 156697). 

The following officers were elected to serve on the Administrative Law Section Council from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012:
Chair:                                     Patricia Winget
Vice Chair:                            Samuel Orbovich
Secretary/Treasurer:           Honorable Sangeeta Jain
Past Chair:                            Julie Brunner

The following council members were elected to serve on the Administrative Law Section Council from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.
David Aafedt
Honorable Beverly Heydinger
Maria Lindstrom Pretzer
Thomas Pursell
David Schultz

Other Section Accomplishments
For the fourth consecutive year, the Section donated funds from their account to the Volunteer Lawyer Network as part of the George Beck Scholarship.  This year the Public Law Section also participated in funding the Beck Scholarship.   This funding has helped VLN to fund a Vista attorney for the past year and will serve to support that position in the coming year.

Submitted By:
Julie Brunner, Section Chair
Date :  June 10th, 2011


MSBA Section on Administrative Law
2009-2010 Annual Report

Submitted By Eric L. Lipman, Chairman, 2009-2010 Program Year

The Section had 147 members during program year.

Continuing Legal Education
The Section developed and presented the following programs:

Pro Bono Activities
The Section spearheaded an effort to raise $8,000 from dues revenue from four MSBA Sections to support the Volunteer Lawyers Network. As a result of this collaborative – which includes a $4,000 contribution from the Administrative Law Section – VLN will be able be to add to its staff a full-time attorney and provide stipends for 1,600 hours worth of legal services performed by third-year law students. Funding the Beck Scholarship was a key initiative of the Section.

The Section effectively leveraged the MSBA’s website to share meeting and program information with the Section membership and the wider community.

Section Newsletter
The Section continues its publishing collaborative with the Public Law Section by contributing content to the tri-annual Public Law News.

Council Meetings
The Section Council met monthly throughout the program year, by staggering short conferences in those months that it hosted a CLE program with longer planning and decision-making sessions in those months without a CLE program. Additionally, the Council made very effective use of the MSBA electronic mail list service and teleconferencing to resolve important operational issues between regularly-scheduled meeting dates.

Annual Meeting
The Section held its Annual Meeting on June 17, 2010.

Election Results
The following persons were elected to Section Office:

The Section will maintain its current Assembly representation:

MSBA Administrative Law Section
1996-97 Annual Report

The Administrative Law Section remained active during 1996-1997. The section obtained MSBA support for legislation to improve salaries for administrative law judges, then worked through the legislative process to seek enactment of the salary increases. The prospects were excellent for passage until politics entered the picture. The bill that included the salary increases, which Gov. Arne Carlson supported, became linked to a minimum wage increase that the governor opposed.
As a result, the bill did not pass during the regular session. We are hopeful that some compromise will be reached and the salary increase will be passed during the special session. The recent media attention to the larger issue of inadequate salaries for senior state agency professionals -- generated by state epidemiologist Mike Osterholm -- may produce additional support for the bill.

The section’s governing council met nine times during the year to oversee the work of the section and plan section activities. The section also sponsored CLE programs and, thanks to Professor Mel Goldberg of William Mitchell, continued to produce a section newsletter.

At the Administrative Law Section’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with the June 1997 MSBA annual convention, the section elected the following officers for 1997-98:
Audrey Zibelman, chair; Laura Nehl-Trueman, vice chair; Steve Mihalchick, secretary-treasurer.
The following new council members were elected: Cort C. Holten, William E. Flynn, and
Barbara J. Case. The following existing council members will continue to serve: Michael
Scandrett, Jocelyn Olson, Tom Muck, Dave Orren, and Mel Goldberg (ex officio).

Michael Scandrett,

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