Tackling the Student Debt Crisis

Event Description


A 2020 survey from the American Bar Association found the average debt for law school graduates has increased to more than $150,000—a staggering amount affecting new law lawyers as well as clients, the legal profession, and the economy.

Student debt disrupts the professional and personal trajectory of more than 80% of those who borrow money for their JD degrees causing them to weigh salary more heavily in job selection or put off major life milestones. New lawyers of color are disproportionately impacted by student debt. Many new lawyers work at lower-paying public sector jobs following graduation and two-thirds of lawyers say they suffer from high or overwhelming stress because of their student debt and their debt often increases after graduating law school.

Join us for a conversation about the impact of law student debt on new lawyers, our clients, and the legal profession’s commitment to access to justice and what the current administration and the legal community can do to tackle the student debt crisis.


Anthony Niedwiecki | President and Dean, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Dee Baskin | Executive Director, Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota

Joan Bibelhausen | Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Kat Gritsenko | Law Student, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 470043


MSBA/HCBA/RCBA Members: $15
Non-Members: $45 
Law Student: Free

Deadline to register: August 15, 2022

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments:  Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Accommodations: The MSBA, HCBA, RCBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Kayla Erbach

Register for this Event


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Zoom/Live Webinar