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Public Law Section E-News

Winter 2013| Volume XXII | Issue 1




News from the Bench
Kim Buechel Mesun
Follow the latest news from the bench.

Client Security Board Year End Report
Dana Banwer

On July 1, 2011, I began serving as a board member of the Minnesota Client Security Board, following nomination by the MSBA and approval by the Supreme Court.  When  another Public Law Section member suggested that I seek appointment to the Client Security Board when Harriet Sims’ term expired, I enthusiastically pursued this opportunity.  After approximately a year and a half as a Board member, I find the Board’s work extremely interesting, and I am honored to be in a position to help individuals who have suffered financial losses due to attorneys‘ dishonesty. Read more...  

Find Them Where They Are
Lead Them to Where They Need to Be
the Honorable Eric L. Lipman
Among the most interesting articles posted to the Social Science Research Network in recent weeks is Richard Seamon’s Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Administrative Law ( Professor Seamon is a former Assistant Solicitor General of the United States and has been a part of the faculty of the University of Idaho’s College of Law for the last eight years. Read more...

Update on the ABA’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division
Greg Brooker, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Here’s what’s happening at the ABA’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division (GPSLD): Read more...

Public Law Section Seeks Nominations for 2013 Public Attorney Awards
The Minnesota State Bar Association-Public Law Section (PLS) invites nominations for awards honoring attorneys and judges engaged in public service and in the public practice of law.  Through these awards the PLS celebrates our commitment to public service and the public practice of law. These awards are also used to recognize attorneys and judges who have distinguished themselves by their significant and outstanding contributions to public service and the public practice of law.  Nominations are due April 1, 2013.
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MSBA Public Law Section - Prior Award Recipients
Click here to view a list of past award recipients.

PLS Public Service Projects
Adopt A Family

The Public Law Section sponsored six families this holiday season through Catholic Charities.  The Minneapolis Public Schools General Counsel's Office sponsored one of the families.  In this photo Nan Miller from the MPS General Counsel's Office is showing Kim Buechel Mesun how to tie a fancy bow on one of the family gifts.

Loaves and Fishes

On December 5, 2012, PLS members and friends prepared dinner for 300+ people for Loaves and Fishes at Holy Rosary church in south Minneapolis.  Volunteers are always needed for this project on the first Wednesdays of even-numbered months.  Our next L & F project is on Wed. Feb. 6.  We cook and set up from 3-5.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Nancy McLean at

Winter Recipies
Eileen Wells
Cheesy Spinach Dip and Thumbprint Cookies are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Data Practices Opinions Index
Mary Miller

Click here to view the data practices opinions index.

Upcoming CLE Programs for Public Lawyers
Please save the date. The PLS annual meeting is scheduled for Friday,  May 17.  The CLE usually starts at 9 (registration at 8:30), the topic and speakers to be announced.  Lunch and the annual meeting will follow the CLE.  The awards presentation will begin at about 1:00 p.m.  Please look for more information in the coming weeks. Click here to view a list of upcoming CLE programs of interest to public lawyers.

Public Law Job Opening
The City of Minnetonka is seeking applicants for the full-time position of City Attorney. This department director level position is responsible for all legal matters involving the City. Salary range: $123,684 – $137,427. Job description is on-line at Submit cover letter and resume to by January 31, 2013. EOE

PLS Council Member Nominations
The MSBA Public Law Section is seeking nominations for positions on the 2013-14 Council.  Please submit your statement of interest to Nicole Battles at by April 1, 2013.

Nominating Committee
Dana Banwer, 651/635-8213
Barry Greller, 651/757-1298
Mary Miller, 651/284-5306

Issue Editor
Juan Hoyos

Dana Banwer
Greg Brooker
Juan Hoyos
Judge Eric L. Lipman
Kim Buechel Mesun
Mary Miller
Eileen Wells




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