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

2021 MSBA North Star certification is now open! Click here and fill out the form to certify. The deadline is March 18, 2022. Law firms wishing to certify multiple attorneys can email us for more information.

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. 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 2021, 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 2021, 757 MSBA members were certified as North Star Lawyers for their work in 2020. 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.

The list of 2020 North Star Lawyers can be found here A listing of 2021 North Star Lawyers will be published in the May/June 2022 Bench & Bar Magazine.

In conjunction with Pro Bono Week 2021, we acknowledged 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 Pro Bono Opportunities. Learn how you can connect with organizations needing volunteers and get CLE credit for your pro bono service.

Complete lists of North Star Lawyers by year:

Katy Drahos

Access to Justice Director