MSBA Administrative Law Section
Annual Report
2016 - 2017 

Section Membership

As of June 19, 2017, the Section has 201 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $8,777.67 as of May 31, 2017.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 4 CLE programs in fiscal year 2016-17.  

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Justice Natalie Hudson on Administrative Law Practice in Minnesota Appellate Courts and Annual Meeting

June 1, 2017


1.5 Standard


Chevron's Inevitability

May 16, 2017


1.0 Standard


Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias

April 13, 2017


1.0 Elimination of Bias


Meet the DHS Commissioner - Emily Piper

October 26, 2016


1.0 Standard


Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 1, 2017 and 52 people attended. 

The following Officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council:

Chair:  Andrew Davis, Stinson Leonard Street
Vice Chair:  Cyndi Jahnke, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Secretary/Treasurer:  Fabian Hoffner, The Hoffner Firm Ltd
Immediate Past Chair:  Tom Bailey, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

The following candidates were elected and/or will continue to serve on the Section’s Governing Council starting July 1, 2017:

Council Members:
David Aafedt, Winthrop & Weinstine
Kristin Hickman, University of Minnesota Law School
Amber Lee, WEC Energy Group
Sam Orbovich, Fredrikson and Byron
Hon. Tammy Pust, Office of Administrative Hearings
Meghan Scully, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Karen Sullivan Hook, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Patricia Winget, Minnesota Department of Health

Diversity and Inclusion 

• Created an Administrative Law Section D&I Statement and Plan

Other Section Accomplishments

  •  Granted 3 George Beck Fellowships to Minnesota law school students selected to fill legal internships at the Office of Administrative Hearings;
  • Partnered with the MSBA and Public Law Section to identify topics for the State Capitol CLE Series, which is designed to increase government attorneys’ participation in the MSBA, and developed two programs for this CLE series (Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias, and Chevron’s Inevitability); 
  • Continued working with Volunteer Lawyers Network to develop a program to provide pro bono assistance to unrepresented individuals in contested case proceedings at the Office of Administrative Hearings;
  • Increased section membership from 185 to 201 members 

Submitted By:
Thomas Bailey, Section Chair
Date: 6/27/17