Bernard P. Becker Awards


The Bernard P. Becker Legal Services Staff award is presented annually to attorneys, paralegals, administrators or other staff employed by a private, nonprofit agency that provides legal services to low-income eligible clients. The Becker Student Volunteer Award is presented to a law student who has demonstrated a commitment to the provision of legal services to low-income persons.

Most Recent Awards


Legacy of Excellence

Laura Melnick, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services 
Gwen Updegraff, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

Emerging Leader

J. Singleton, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Legal Services State Support


Milca Dominguez de Corral, Legal Assistance of Dakota County

Law Student

Ashley Meeder, University of Minnesota Law School

Previous Recipients


Nominations for the 2022 awards will be open: January 2022.