Bench & Bar of Minnesota is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Pro Bono Week 2016

National Celebrate Pro Bono Week (October 23-29) provides an opportunity for the legal profession and the larger community to focus on the important service provided by pro bono lawyers. Throughout the week, legal aid providers schedule opportunities to serve clients, train attorneys, and recognize service. On Wednesday, October 26 (12 p.m.) at the Minnesota CLE Center in Minneapolis, the MSBA will sponsor the annual Pro Bono CLE, the signature statewide event for the week. This year’s topic will be “The Criminalization of Poverty,” featuring a keynote by Nusrat Choudhury from the ACLU Racial Justice Project in New York, as well as a panel of local legal and community experts. Registration information for this event, as well as a full schedule of events around Minnesota for the week, are available at You may also contact Steve Marchese, pro bono development director for the MSBA, at

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