Awards & Recognition

Promoting Members and the Profession

The Minnesota State Bar Association recognizes members of the legal community and presents awards that highlight outstanding achievement and performance.

Championing Justice, Equality, and Professionalism


Bernard P. Becker Award

Recognizes individuals working for a nonprofit agency that provide legal services to low-income eligible clients. 


David Graven Public Service Award

Recognizes lawyers who exemplify the high standards of the profession and demonstrate commitment to public or community service.


Elmer H. Wiblishauser Author’s Award

Recognizes authors of the best articles contributed to Bench & Bar.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes members who displayed commitment and contributions to the Bar, the profession, and/or public throughout their career.


North Star Lawyer

Recognizes lawyers who provide 50+ hours to serve people who otherwise could not afford legal counsel.


President’s Award

Recognizes outstanding support and assistance to MSBA and its mission.


Professional Excellence Award

Recognizes attorneys for improving the administration of justice and practice of law, promoting access to justice, serving and governing the profession, and providing service benefiting the community.