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Bernard P. Becker Awards

2018 Becker Award Winners
2018 Becker Award winner Ruth Ruch


The Bernard P. Becker Legal Services Staff award is presented annually to attorneys, paralegals, administrators or other staff employed by a private, nonprofit agency that provides legal services to low-income and disadvantaged eligible clients. The Becker Student Volunteer Award is presented to a law student who has demonstrated a commitment to the provision of legal services to low-income and disadvantaged persons.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!

Legacy of Excellence: 
Gerald Kaluzny, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Irene Opsahl, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid


Advocate: Ruth Ruch, Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Emerging Leader: Anne Applebaum, Immigrant Law Center

Law Student: Mimi Levin, University of St. Thomas

Previous Winners Table

Nominations will be open in 2019 for the 2019 awards. Becker Nomination Form and Details
The Awards Committee may consider direct client representation, work in support of direct client representation, and other activities in the client or legal communities. Nominees who have not received past recognition from the MSBA or other organizations will receive preference.

Questions? Contact Sherri Knuth at (612) 278-6330.