Pro Bono Reporting

New Reporting Requirement for Minnesota Attorneys

Pro Bono Hours and Financial Contributions

Beginning January 1, 2022, the Minnesota Office of Lawyer Registration will collect information from lawyers regarding their fulfillment of the aspirational goals for pro bono service in Rule 6.1 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct

When renewing their attorney registration, Minnesota lawyers will be asked to state, for the preceding calendar year,

  1. The approximate number of hours of service provided under Rules 6.1(a), 6.1(b)(1), and Rule 6.1(b)(2). [These rules focus on service to persons of limited means and certain organizations as defined in the rule.]
  2. The approximate number of hours provided under Rule 6.1(b)(3). [This rule focuses on participation in activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.]
  3. Whether the lawyer contributed financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.

Key points to keep in mind:

  • Attorneys will be required to answer the questions, but there are no adverse consequences or penalties based on what attorneys report. For instance, an attorney may report “0” pro bono hours in answering the first and second questions and indicate they have not made financial contributions 
  • Attorneys are required to report “approximate” hours of pro bono service. 
  • The information provided will not be available to the public or used in any disciplinary proceeding.  
  • Beginning January 1, 2023, an administrative penalty for failure to respond to the questions goes into effect. 

The Lawyer Registration Office, State Court Administration and MSBA are developing materials to educate attorneys about the new requirement. We will share that information as it becomes available. 

Order Promulgating Amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court on Lawyer Registration (Feb. 17, 2021) 


Sherri Knuth

Access to Justice Director