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Time to certify for the 2016 North Star Lawyers program

The North Star Lawyers program recognizes MSBA members who provide essential volunteer legal services to Minnesota’s low income residents. It celebrates the work of members who meet or exceed 50 hours of pro bono service in a calendar year, as set forth in Rule 6.1(a), (b)(1) and (b)(2) of our state’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

Last year, in 2015, over 980 MSBA members were certified as North Star Lawyers. North Star Lawyers provided over 113,000 total volunteer hours of pro bono service with an estimated value of $22,600,000. The MSBA recognized North Star Lawyers with paid advertisements, a listing on its website, and in press releases to news outlets statewide, in addition to providing them with a special electronic logo suitable for website, email, or other usage.

Now is the time for all MSBA members who meet the program requirements to certify their 2016 pro bono service, including members who previously participated in the program. Please don’t delay—the deadline for submitting your information is February 28, 2017. Full program information and the certification form can be found at:

If you have questions about the North Star Lawyers program, please contact MSBA Pro Bono Development Director Steve Marchese; (612) 278-6308).

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