Access to Justice Committee

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Who We Are

The ATJ Committee is dedicated to advancing solutions that help all people, and particularly people with lower incomes or limited access to legal assistance, obtain the legal help and resources they need to receive equal justice. 

We do this work by convening a wide range of attorneys, experts and leaders representing all sectors of the legal community from across Minnesota to share information and best practices, advance initiatives that increase access to justice, advocate for policy changes, and develop resources to support and communicate the importance and value of pro bono and civil legal aid work.  



What We Do

The ATJ Committee conducts its work primarily through affiliated ATJ Subcommittees:

Civil Justice Subcommittee  (a subcommittee of the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s Committee on Equality and Justice) 
Policy Subcommittee
Pro Bono Council 
Resource Development Subcommittee



Meeting Schedule

The committee meets five times per year from 8:30 - 9:45 AM. 

2020-21:
September 22, 2020
November 17, 2010
January 26, 2021
March 23, 2021
May 25, 2021

Subcommittee meetings are held during the alternating months. 



Leadership & Staffing

The ATJ Steering Committee, consisting of two co-chairs and the chair of each subcommittee, acts as a leadership team and guides the committee’s overall work.  Committee members work closely with MSBA staff members.

Co-Chairs 2020-21

Kelly Tautges, Pro Bono Counsel & Director, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
Tom Walsh, Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers Network

Staff Liaisons

Sherri Knuth, Access to Justice Director | sknuth@mnbars.org | 612-278-6330