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:

Becker Award Subcommittee
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. 

September 21, 2021
November 23, 2021 
January 25, 2022
March 22, 2022
May 24, 2022

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 2021-22
Kelly Tautges, Pro Bono Counsel & Director, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
Veena Iyer, Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center

Staff Liaison
Katy Drahos, Access to Justice Director | | 612-278-6330