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 the result is profound: the inmate is still alive after more than nine years on death row in Texas.
Featured Pro Bono and Community Service News
- March 31, 2017 - Maslon Proudly Meets the Pro Bono Institute's 2016 Pro Bono Challenge
Maslon is pleased to announce that it has met the 2016 Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®. The Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge is a commitment made by major law firms around the country in which firms must devote three percent of their billable hours or a set number of hours per attorney to the provision of pro bono legal services to low-income and disadvantaged individuals, families, and nonprofit groups. (View full story.)
- January 4, 2017 - Maslon Selected as a 2017 Community Impact Awards Finalist by Minnesota Business Magazine
Maslon is pleased to announce that the firm has been selected as a 2017 Community Impact Awards Finalist by Minnesota Business magazine. The 2017 Community Impact Awards honor businesses, social enterprise organizations, nonprofits, initiatives, and individuals making a significant impact on communities in Minnesota. (View full story.)
- October 21, 2016 - David Schultz and IPMN Pro Bono Client Terry Olson Interviewed on MPR News with Tom Weber
David Schultz, partner in Maslon's Litigation Group, was interviewed with pro bono client Terry Olson on an MPR News with Tom Weber segment titled, "Terry Olson, the man who would be free," on Friday, October 21. During the program, Terry and David discuss Terry's recent release from prison through the Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN) after serving over eleven years of incarceration for a crime he didn't commit. (View full story.)
- September 13, 2016 - Innocence Project of Minnesota and Maslon Gain Release of Wrongfully Convicted Client After 10 Years in Prison
Maslon LLP is pleased to announce that Mr. Terry Olson—a man wrongfully convicted of murder—is being released from prison today following successful representation by Maslon attorneys in conjunction with the Innocence Project of Minnesota. (View full story.)
- September 2, 2016 - Maslon Attorneys Serve as Pro Bono Counsel in Lawsuit Filed to Force the Release of Squad Camera Videos Documenting the Philando Castile Shooting
Maslon attorneys Haley Schaffer, Melissa Muro LaMere, Erica Holzer, and Jevon Bindman joined Chuck Samuelson and Teresa Nelson of the ACLU-MN to announce 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. (View full story.)
- May 9, 2016 - 21 Maslon Attorneys Recognized as 2015 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association
Maslon is pleased to announce the recognition of 21 attorneys as 2015 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.)
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