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Pro bono: North Star certification reminder

North Star Lawyers certification time is here again. The North Star program recognizes MSBA members who provide essential volunteer legal services to Minnesota’s low-income residents. It celebrates the work of members who perform at least 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.

Over 928 MSBA members were certified as North Star Lawyers in 2017, providing over 106,000 total volunteer hours of pro bono service with an estimated value of $21,300,000. The MSBA recognizes 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 badge suitable for website, email, or other usage.

Now is the time for all MSBA members who meet the program requirements to certify their 2018 pro bono service, including members who previously participated in the program. Please don’t delay—the deadline for submitting your information is March 1, 2019. 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 at (612) 278-6308) or

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