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Maslon Meets the Pro Bono Institute's 2020 Pro Bono Challenge for Sixth Consecutive Year

June 17, 2021

Maslon is pleased to announce that it has met the 2020 Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® for the sixth year in a row. The Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge is a commitment made by major law firms around the country in which firms must devote 3% 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. The Challenge is administered by the Law Firm Pro Bono Project of the Pro Bono Institute.

A majority of Maslon's attorneys participated in qualifying pro bono work in 2020, helping the firm exceed the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge requirement for the sixth consecutive year. In total, Maslon attorneys contributed 4,345 of their hours to pro bono service in 2020. Maslon's 2020 pro bono service included:

  • advising property owners impacted by the 2020 Minneapolis unrest on their insurance recovery claims;
  • representation of a nonprofit in an appeal that set a standard that better protects the privacy rights of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • continued representation for a nonprofit organization's fight to protect and preserve the Boundary Waters in Minnesota against a proposed copper-nickel mine; and
  • key participation by Maslon Partner Steve Schleicher, through special appointment by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, as part of the prosecution team for the trial of Derek Chauvin.

"We're very proud of our firm's pro bono achievement this past year," said Julian Zebot, partner and chair of Maslon's Pro Bono Committee. "We believe such work is our moral and ethical responsibility. It is fundamental to the integrity of the judicial system, and maintains our firm's long-standing commitment to community service."

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