Committees & Sections


Through involvement in HCBA Committees, you can build stronger connections, enhance your leadership skills, and grow your reputation.

You also help make sure the HCBA remains vital and relevant to the changing needs of local lawyers and the local community. 

Committees that are open for HCBA members to join at any time:

  • Bar Memorial
  • Bench and Bar
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • HCBF Bar Benefit Planning
  • HCBF Golf Classic Planning
  • The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine

Committees that can be joined by request, depending upon openings available or specific membership requirements:

  • Delivery of Legal Services
  • Government Relations
  • LRIS Oversight


Joining HCBA Sections is the most popular way to get involved in the local legal community – and for good reason.

You connect with attorneys who understand the unique aspects of your practice area and who help you gain knowledge and insight on the latest developments in the law.

You can join as many HCBA sections as you’d like – there is no additional cost beyond HCBA membership and section CLEs are free to attend at our HCBA office. Sign up today, start attending section activities, and get the most of your section experience. 

Sections based on career stage or type of practice:

  • New Lawyers Section

    A "new lawyer" is a lawyer who has been admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court within the past six years, or is 36 years of age or younger. The New Lawyers Section of the HCBA consists of those new lawyers, and currently enrolled law students, who have joined our association. The Section organizes programs that promote professional development, community outreach, networking opportunities, and social events.

  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Solo & Small Firm

Substantive law sections based on practice area:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Business & Securities Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor Remedies
  • Eminent Domain
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance & Tort Law
  • Juvenile Law 
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Probate & Trust Law
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Real Property
  • Tax Law
  • Workers' Compensation

Interested in joining a section?

Joining an HCBA section is free for members. From your account page select "Join Section." From there you can review all of the sections available to you through the HCBA & MSBA. Just add them to your cart and checkout.

4th District Ethics Committee

Maintaining the integrity and ideals of the legal profession is a key realm of responsibility for the HCBA. HCBA staff and volunteers work together to support the well-deserved national reputation of our local lawyers as standard bearers of ethics and service.

The 4th District Ethics Committee (DEC), operated by HCBA volunteers and staff, investigates and provides recommendations to the Office of Lawyers' Professional Responsibility regarding cases involving the code of ethics attorneys pledge to adhere to. The HCBA Professionalism Section is made up of attorneys whose work relates to alleged violations of this code of ethics. 

Interested in volunteering as an investigator for the 4th District Ethics Committee?
Complete the volunteer application.

Contact Sarah Mayer at 612-752-6625, for more information on the 4th District Ethics Committee.

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