Community Chat – How Covid-19 impacted the legislature-Aug 7

As part of our on-going Community Chat series on August 7th we will be joined by Leslie Rosedahl, government relations specialist and owner of Rosedahl Public Affairs, and our own Michael Dittberner. They will provide valuable insight into the fallout experienced by the Minnesota State Legislature as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, what business as usual may mean for the legislature in the upcoming legislative session, and how this may impact the AFCC’s legislative agenda.


Leslie Rosedahl: Leslie Rosedahl is the founder of Rosedahl Public Affairs, a consulting firm specializing in government relations, communications, and grassroots advocacy and advises clients based on 14 years of issue-campaign experience. She previously served as Director of Communication and Advocacy for the largest state government relations team in Minnesota, and as a senior advisor and Public Affairs Director for the MN Senate Republican Leader. During the 2020 legislative session, Leslie assisted the AFCC-MN Chapter with legislative outreach and advocacy efforts on their priority issues.

Michael Dittberner: has practiced family law since 1984, and is a shareholder in the firm Linder, Dittberner & Winter, Ltd., in Edina, Minnesota. Mr. Dittberner received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1981, and received his JD decree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in 1984. He was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1984.

Mr. Dittberner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and has served the Minnesota Chapter as the Chair of its Legislative Committee since 2002. He is also a member and past board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Court (AFCC) and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. He has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Family Law Section since 1987, and served as Chair of the Family Law Section in 1995 and 1996. In addition, he has served the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Family Law Section as a member and co-chair of its Amicus Committee. He is a regular lecturer and author of continuing legal education programs. He supervises and helps present the Case Law Update at Minnesota CLE’s Annual Family Law Institute. For many years, Mr. Dittberner has been recognized in the Super Lawyers list, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in Minnesota. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Dittberner has been certified as a family law trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In 2012 Mr. Dittberner was designated as a distinguished member of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. In 2016, Mr. Dittberner was the recipient of the Professionalism Award from the Family Law Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association.