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Join your fellow MSBA members in providing 50 hours of pro bono service annually

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 the poor without charge should be celebrated. By generously donating their time and talent, they change lives. They help people who otherwise could not afford counsel achieve justice. For hours volunteered in calendar year 2020, the MSBA will give special recognition to 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. In 2019, over 884 MSBA members were certified as North Star Lawyers. We know many more of you could be recognized. Members who report their 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.

Certification for 2020 North Star Lawyers is now open through March 26, 2021.  The list of 2019 North Star Lawyers can be found here.  A listing of 2020 North Star Lawyers will be published in the May/June 2021 Bench & Bar Magazine and available on this page in early June 2021.

Complete your certification here.

In conjunction with Pro Bono Week 2020, we acknowledge our long-term North Star Lawyers with a new designation– Pro Bono All Stars – for members who have participated for seven or more years. Thank you for your consistent service to our community and for helping to make justice more available to low income Minnesotans.

New to pro bono? Wondering where to start?

Visit and join, Minnesota's primary resource for pro bono lawyers, to: 

  • Find information on organizations needing volunteers.
  • View a list of cases in need of a volunteer, and sign up to receive email alerts when there is a new case that fits your geographic and substantive preferences. 
  • Get CLE credit for your pro bono service. Contact the program you volunteer through, or the CLE Board for details.

Complete lists of North Star Lawyers by year:

Sherri Knuth

Access to Justice Director