Pro Bono and the Public Lawyer

Event Description

Deadline to Register: February 15, 2017

Rule 6.1 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct states “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay.” The Rule sets an aspirational goal for each lawyer of at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.  Given the significant unmet need in Minnesota for legal services for those of limited means, many public lawyers wish to engage in pro bono activities but often find obstacles and uncertainties sidelining their best intentions.  The MSBA’s Public Law Section encourages public law offices to develop pro bono policies and promote/support public lawyers performing pro bono work.  This presentation will discuss effective pro bono policies for public law offices which address activities and issues consistent with applicable statutes and regulations governing conflicts-of-interest, professional responsibility rules, and other ethical considerations.  A panel of distinguished public lawyers will also share their personal stories of pro bono legal work and answer questions about representational and non-representational activities available to the public lawyer.


Patricia Beety, League of Minnesota Cities (Moderator)
Jerry Hendrickson, City of St. Paul*
Nancy McClean, Attorney at Law*
Carol Bros , Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

*Previous recipient of the Public Law Section’s P. Kenneth Kohnstamm Pro Bono Attorney Award of Excellence

CLE Credits:

1.0 Ethics CLE credit approved | Event Code: 234032


Public Law Section Member or Public Attorney:  Free
MSBA Member not in the section: $5.00  
Non-Member:  $10.00 
Law Student: Free

Join the Public Law Section:  $27.00 ($17 for Public Attorneys/Legal Services)  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE. New memberships will run through June 30, 2017. Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Shawn Carlson to register for this meeting at no charge. 

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing and webcasting are available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed out the day before the program.

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Questions? Contact Shawn Carlson | 612-278-6305

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Shawn Carlson at 612-278-6305 or  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this event.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

B-107 / Freeman Building Saint Paul, MN United States