Administrative Law Section

Mission Statement

The Administrative Law Section focuses on legal and policy issues that relate to the Administrative Procedures Act, including state agency rulemaking, state and local agency contested case hearings and decision making, and legislation affecting the practice of administrative law. 

Section Benefits and Activities

  • Network with other practitioners and judges within administrative law, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the legal community.
  • Keep up with the latest developments in administrative law.
  • Participate in discussions about proposed legislation and other current developments that affect your practice.
  • Socialize with your administrative law colleagues.
  • Support the development of new lawyers in administrative law through the Section’s funding, selection, and mentoring of law students awarded a George Beck Fellowship.
  • Fulfill your continuing education requirements with programs relevant to your practice.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to lead and serve the administrative law bar. 

Civil Gideon and Pro Bono Program

Since launching in 2015, the MSBA Administrative Law Section has collaborated with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and the Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) with the Civil Gideon Pro Bono Program. 

Background: The civil justice gap in Minnesota is significant. MSBA Civil Right to Counsel Subcommittee Chair Sally Silk stated that civil legal aid programs must turn away 66% of eligible clients due to a lack of resources. Administrative Law Judge LauraSue Schlatter revealed that 60% of litigants at the Office of Administrative Hearings are self-represented.

The pro bono program hopes to close the gap by matching pro bono attorneys and clients with cases related to administrative law. The Administrative Law Section aims to support volunteer attorneys with a mentorship program and training.

Interested volunteer attorneys may contact the Volunteer Lawyers Network, 612-752-6655.

Section members, visit the Administrative Law Community at!