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New for 2023: when you certify as a North Star Lawyer, you have the option to enter the organization where you completed your pro bono legal services. If that was through a non-profit funded by the Minnesota State Bar Foundation (MSBF) or eligible for CLE credit for pro bono, the organization will be entered for a chance to win a $5000 grant from the MSBF.* It takes all of us to advance justice in our community.

Certify your North Star Lawyers Pro Bono Hours


The Minnesota State Bar Association is proud to recognize members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year as North Star Lawyers.

Lawyers who serve low-income Minnesotans without charge should be celebrated. They help people who otherwise could not afford counsel achieve justice. For hours volunteered in calendar year 2021, the MSBA gave special recognition to 747 members who provide 50 hours or more of legal services as defined in Rule 6.1(a), (b)(1) and (b)(2) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. We know many more of you could be recognized. Members who report their 2022 voluntary service will be recognized as North Star Lawyers and included on the annual roster insert published in the May/June Bench & Bar magazine, as well as in other recognition opportunities.

Email us for more information.

New to pro bono? Wondering where to start?

Visit Pro Bono Opportunities. Learn how you can connect with organizations needing volunteers and get CLE credit for your pro bono service.

*If volunteer hours were completed by multiple organizations, each organization will be entered for the drawing. The winning organization will be announced in the May/June issue of Bench & Bar magazine, along with the full list of North Star Lawyers. Questions or feedback? Contact us.

Complete lists of North Star Lawyers by year:

Katy Drahos

Access to Justice Director