Mission & Goals
Goals for 2010-2011
1. Promote Public Service and Pro Bono
• Promote the model pro bono policy for public law offices and offer implementation suggestions that address the barriers to pro bono work.
• Provide information about pro bono opportunities to public lawyers.
• Sponsor at least two public service projects in which PLS members can participate.
• Examine ways to support legal and other services to low-income and disadvantaged persons in Minnesota.
2. Sponsor Continuing Legal Education
• Sponsor at least 12 credits of CLE on topics of interest to PLS members and notify Section members of others.
• Continue to keep the cost free or reasonable.
• Provide Ethics and Elimination of Bias CLEs on at least a 3-year cycle.
3. Enhance Public Law Section communications
• Enhance communication among PLS members by encouraging increased use of electronic communications (particularly outstate members).
• Publish newsletters and maintain the website with current information and resources; e.g., CLEs, pro bono and public service opportunities, etc.
• Improve communication between the PLS Executive Council and the committees.
• Provide publicity on law clerk employment opportunities.
4. Work toward the goal of eliminating bias and promoting diversity in the bar
• Implement mentorship opportunities.
• Provide quality Elimination of Bias CLE programs.
• Participate in minority recruitment conferences.
5. Provide recognition for public service
• Continue annual public attorney awards.
• Use the newsletter and other means to recognize public lawyers.
6. Work with the MSBA
• Work with the MSBA Membership Committee to increase the membership of the Public Law Section and increase participation in the MSBA.
• Continue and enhance the ongoing relationship with the MSBA Student Law Section, including identifying a designated student liaison with the Public Law Section.
• Respond to issues presented to the MSBA that impact public policy and the practice of public law, including education on Judicial Independence.