Bernard P. Becker Awards

2022 Nominations

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.

Nominations for the 2022 awards will be open January 2022.

2021 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 Winners

MSBA Contact: Sherri Knuth, Access to Justice Director