League General Counsel Patricia Beety received the Outstanding State League Counsel Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) at its 2021 Annual Conference in Minneapolis in September. She was recognized for her dedicated work for the League of Minnesota Cities and the broader legal community in Minnesota.

As the League’s general counsel, Beety directs legal matters involving the League and its related entities, and oversees a legal team of attorneys, law clerks, and paralegals. For almost 30 years, she has represented Minnesota cities and city officials in state and federal court, administrative agencies, and before the state Legislature. She also has a long and diverse history of pro bono service and involvement in the legal community, including serving in leadership roles in a number of organizations. Beety is also passionate about educating and mentoring others. Her involvement includes training and coaching current lawyers, as well as working with law students at all three Minnesota law schools through mentorship and externship programs, and serving as an adjunct professor.

The Outstanding State League Counsel Award honors attorneys who serve as counsel to their state league of cities or other state local government associations, and who are recognized for their valued service to the members of their organizations and for their skills as attorneys. Recipients are recognized for exhibiting the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, as well as for providing outstanding service to local governments, having an exemplary reputation in the legal community, demonstrating the highest of ethical standards, and being devoted to improving local governments.

New employees

Angie Storlie joined the League on Sept. 24 as a research analyst in the Research Department. Most recently, Storlie’s work experience has been as city clerk for the City of Bigfork. She has also served as the administrative assistant for the Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) for over five years. Storlie received an associate’s degree from Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls. She has several clerk certifications through MCFOA and International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), as well as being an Athenian Leadership Society Fellow through IIMC.

Aimee Gourlay joined the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) on Oct. 1 as collaboration services manager. Gourlay has a law degree and a very strong background in providing mediation services to a wide variety of governmental, nonprofit, and private sector clients. She also taught academic classes in facilitation and mediation at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. For the past 14 years, Gourlay has run the Mediation Center, her own consulting firm, offering facilitation and mediation services for state and local governments and the courts. She has done work for the State of Minnesota Office for Collaboration and Dispute Resolution and worked on a contractual basis for LMCIT.