Appellate Practice Section

Who We Are | Our Mission

The Appellate Practice Section of the MSBA helps educate appellate practitioners, offering opportunities for those practitioners to connect with the bench, and providing pro bono training and opportunities in the appellate arena.

What We Do | Section Benefits and Activities

Quarterly Appellate Lunches. The Section plans a series of four lunchtime CLEs per year, most of which take place at the Minnesota Judicial Center (currently held virtually). The series is designed to offer an informal chance for the appellate bench and bar to learn about new developments in the law and to connect with each other.

Appellate Practice Institute. The Section plans this full-day CLE each year (typically held in March) to offer both appellate fundamentals to those who find themselves infrequently on appeal, as well as nuanced pointers for the most seasoned appellate advocates.

Appeals Self-Help Clinic. A joint initiative of the Section and the Minnesota State Law Library, this monthly walk-in clinic is to offer brief advice for people who are representing themselves. Training is available for Self-Help Volunteers. 

Networking and Connecting. The Section hosts an annual dinner for all members of the section in May. All section members are welcome. Additional social events are planned throughout the year.

Share Expertise. Our Section regularly hosts events where appellate judges educate practitioners about the most significant decisions of the previous year. We respond to queries from the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court about our perspective on potential rule or policy changes.  We also maintain an array of materials to help appellate practitioners on the MSBA practicelaw site. All of the Appellate practicelaw materials can be accessed by MSBA members here