Civil Litigation Section

Section Benefits and Activities

The Civil Litigation Section provides its members with many opportunities to make a difference in the advocacy system in Minnesota and to enjoy worthwhile benefits. We encourage and welcome all Section members to take advantage of their membership by participating in Section programs and activities. These include:

  • opportunities to build a network of contacts by meeting and working with colleagues and judges;
  • Free CLE seminars, many of which are luncheon sessions and most of which are available through video webcasting;
  • access to Judges' Courtroom Preferences, developed from questionnaires provided to District Court judges
  • monitoring legislation that affects civil practice in Minnesota
  • access to Section resources, including monthly Practice Tips emails; and
  • the Statutes of Limitations Manual "Time's Up" is updated annually and provided to members free of charge.

Mission Statement

The MSBA Civil Litigation Section serves its members and the legal community by:

• advancing standards of practice in civil cases
• fostering connections among lawyers and the courts
• offering learning opportunities
• providing a network of experienced and diverse lawyers that promotes collegiality in the profession

2019 Civil Litigation Annual Dinner

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On April 30th, the MSBA Civil Litigation Section hosted their Annual Dinner. Pictured in this image gallery from the event are:
1) Former Justice Alan Page receiving the 2019 Advocate Award from Council Member Annamarie Daley at the 2019 Civil Litigation Annual Dinner.
2) Doug Elsass, event keynote speaker Barbara McQuade, Kate Anderson and Norman Pentelovich.
3) Keynote speaker Barbara McQuade is also pictured with Chief Justice Lorie Gildea.
4) Past Chair Melissa Stull is pictured with Chief Justice Lorie Gildea.
5) Reception
6) Annamarie Daley, Former MSBA President Paul Godfrey, and Clinton Collins.
7) The 2019 Annual Civil Litigation Dinner Sponsors

Civil Litigation Section Grants

The Mission of the Civil Litigation Section is to enhance the skills of Minnesota lawyers practicing civil litigation, and to serve as a liaison with other parts of the Bar Association on litigation-related issues involving professional standards, services and activities.

It is furtherance of its mission, and contingent upon available funds and anticipated expenses, on very rare occasions the Civil Litigation Section may support requests for funding of programs or activities that further support the mission of the Section.  

In order to apply for funds, all programs and organizations must complete and submit this form to Kara Haro, Section Services Director.