Fulfilling Unmet Needs in the Community
Maslon recognizes that we must act as a leader, both in our profession and within the communities we serve, to address the rising incidence of unmet legal needs among the disadvantaged. As attorneys, we believe such work is our moral and ethical responsibility and is fundamental to the integrity of the judicial system. These values are paramount to our firm, inherited through six decades of faithful service to the community.
Our long-standing commitment to pro bono work includes participation in the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, a pact formed by the nation's largest law firms to significantly increase the amount of pro bono work being performed by their organizations. In addition, Maslon is a participant in the Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyers program, which recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year to those who otherwise could not afford representation.
We encourage our attorneys and paralegals to pursue pro bono work that represents their distinct individual interests and concerns. As a result, our work spans a broad spectrum of clients and cases, including civil rights matters. Maslon has represented and will continue to represent a diverse range of clients.
Notable Recent Achievements
- ACLU-MN: Maslon attorneys served as pro bono co-counsel to file a lawsuit on behalf of the ACLU-MN and the NAACP Minneapolis against Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to force the release of video footage documenting the police killing of Jamar Clark in November 2015. Similarly, Maslon attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the ACLU-MN against Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to force the release of all squad camera video(s) documenting the police killing of Philando Castile in July 2016.
- Innocence Project of Minnesota: Maslon provided pro bono representation to a 57-year-old man named Terry Olson who, on September 13, 2016, became the 5th person on record to obtain early release from prison through the work of the Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN).
- Advocates for Human Rights: Maslon attorney Scott Aberson successfully represented a client seeking asylum in the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The client had founded an organization aiming to stop the recruitment of child soldiers, extract children who were already serving in the military, and help to heal those who had suffered as a result of such abuse by providing counseling and job training. Fearing for his safety following death threats and intimidation from the government and rebel groups, he filed for political asylum in the United States in August of 2013. On June 23, 2016—after nearly three years apart—the client was reunited with his wife and six of his children.
- ABA Death Penalty Project: Since 2007, Maslon attorneys have provided organizational leadership and pro bono representation to an inmate on death row. Maslon has devoted over 4,000 hours to the cause thus far, and on November 15, 2017, Maslon secured the vacation of Douglas Tyrone Armstrong's death sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Featured Pro Bono and Community Service News
- June 21, 2018 - Andrea Bischoff Selected as 2018 "Unsung Legal Hero" by Minnesota Lawyer
Maslon is pleased to announce that Andrea Bischoff, Maslon Applications Support Specialist, has been recognized as a 2018 "Unsung Legal Hero" by Minnesota Lawyer for her tireless work as Program Director of Minnesota Wills for Heroes, which provides quality, no-cost estate-planning services to the families of the state's first responders—EMTs, police, firefighters and more—who daily risk their lives to help others.
- June 20, 2018 - 32 Maslon Attorneys Recognized as 2017 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association
Maslon is pleased to announce the recognition of 32 attorneys as 2017 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Started in 2013, the program recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year to those who otherwise could not afford representation. (View full story.)
- June 6, 2018 - Maslon LLP Honored with "Pro Bono Partner of the Year" Award by the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Maslon is pleased to announce that the firm has been honored with a "Pro Bono Partner of the Year" award by the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), an organization which enhances opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal representation for low-income individuals and through education and advocacy with diverse communities. The "Pro Bono Partner of the Year" award was presented to Maslon for participation in ILCM's Cancellation of Removal Project Pilot, which pairs volunteer attorneys with low-income immigrants to represent them in their Cancellation of Removal cases. (View full story.)
- March 16, 2018 - Susan Link Selected as Recipient of a 2018 HCBA Excellence Award
Maslon is pleased to announce that Susan Link, partner and head of Maslon's Estate Planning Group, has been selected as a recipient of a 2018 Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) Excellence Award. The "Advancing Innovation in the Profession" Award will be given to Susan in recognition of her work as a founder and program director of Minnesota Wills for Heroes for more than a decade, which provides quality, no-cost estate-planning services to the families of the state's first responders—EMTs, police, firefighters and more—who daily risk their lives to help others. (View full story.)
- November 28, 2017 - Maslon LLP Wins Victory for Pro Bono Client: Resentencing After 10 Years on Death Row in Texas
On November 15, 2017, Maslon secured the vacation of Douglas Tyrone Armstrong's death sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals following 10 years on death row in Texas. Convicted of Capital Murder in 2006, Armstrong will be removed from his confinement on death row and transferred to the Hidalgo County jail for a new sentencing proceeding before the trial court. (View full story.)
- July 27, 2017 - Hillary Taylor Elected to Board of the Minnesota Justice Foundation
Maslon is pleased to announce that Hillary Taylor, attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF). MJF strives for justice by creating opportunities for law students to perform public interest and pro bono legal services. (View full story.)
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