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
- 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.)
- June 30, 2017 - Julian Zebot Named Chair of Volunteer Lawyers Network Association
Maslon is pleased to announce that Julian Zebot, partner in Maslon's Litigation Group, has been named chair of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN). VLN's mission is to protect and promote the basic human needs of people in poverty through the power of legal volunteers. (View full story.)
- May 22, 2017 - Maslon Attorneys Recognized as 2016 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association
Maslon is pleased to announce the recognition of 25 attorneys as 2016 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.)
- 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.)
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