Over 3,000 licensed Minnesota lawyers participated in the 2017 ABA Pro Bono Survey this winter. Minnesota’s total number of responses was the third highest nationally, after Texas and California. The 12% overall response rate also exceeded all but one state.
This year’s survey is the most extensive effort by the ABA to understand the scale and scope of attorney pro bono service, as well as to examine key attorney demographic segments and their participation. As one of 26 participating states, Minnesota will be able to review state-level data to better guide recruiting and programming efforts by legal aid programs, the MSBA, and the judiciary. The MSBA’s Pro Bono Council, in conjunction with the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Legal Services Advisory Committee (LSAC), spearheaded outreach efforts in the state, which included two separate emails from Justice Margaret Chutich and LSAC Chair Chris Wendt to each licensed Minnesota lawyer. Each respondent received a special code for a free on-demand bias CLE regarding race, poverty, and the civil legal aid system as a thank you for completing the survey.