Bench & Bar of Minnesota is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

MSBA, county bars to share staff

On June 21 the following announcement was made to staff members.

We are pleased to announce an exciting development for the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), and Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA). Recently, the boards of directors of each voted to adopt a shared staff model with one executive director to better coordinate efforts, increase efficiencies, and improve member value.

The three bar associations will continue to be independently governed organizations, with increased collaboration intended to strengthen support to district bar associations and attorney members throughout the state. Each association will maintain its own distinct identity and programing. This new way of serving Minnesota’s bar association members is designed to take place in conjunction with the 2019 retirement of MSBA Executive Director Tim Groshens. A committee composed of members of the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA will begin the search this summer for the new executive director of the shared staff.

This is a great step forward in realigning the associations to meet the changing needs of the legal profession. While there are many important issues that still need to be addressed, we will end up with all three associations in stronger positions. If you have any questions about this new staff model, please feel free to contact any of the executive directors: Tim Groshens (; Susie Brown (; Cheryl Dalby ( 

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