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Pro Bono

PRO BONO

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 12, 2019 - 23 Maslon Attorneys Recognized as 2018 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association
    Maslon is pleased to announce the recognition of 23 attorneys as 2018 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Started in 2013, the program recognizes MSBA 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 18, 2019 - Maslon Meets the Pro Bono Institute's 2018 Pro Bono Challenge
    Maslon is pleased to announce that it has met the 2018 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.)
  • December 6, 2018 - Maslon Receives the "Light of Justice" Award from the Texas Defender Service
    Maslon is proud to announce that on the firm was honored with the 2018 “Light of Justice” Award by the Texas Defender Service, an organization that aims to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence and to expose and eradicate the systemic flaws plaguing the Texas death penalty. (View full story.)
  • November 30, 2018 - Maslon Attorneys Leading Douglas Tyrone Armstrong Death Penalty Case Selected as 2018 "Attorneys of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer
    Maslon Partners Mike McCarthy, Nicole Narotzky, Julian Zebot; Public Interest Counsel Catherine Ahlin-Halverson, and alumni U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David Schultz and 3M Senior Litigation Counsel Haley Schaffer are recognized for their decade-long pro bono representation of Douglas Tyrone Armstrong. (View full story.)
  • November 30, 2018 - Maslon Attorney Susan Link Recognized for Outstanding Service to the Profession as a 2018 "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer
    Partner and head of Maslon's Estate Planning Group, Susan Link, is recognized for Outstanding Service to the Profession related to her work as program director for the Minnesota Wills for Heroes program. (View full story.)
  • November 21, 2018 - Maslon's Susan Link and Andrea Bischoff, Program Directors for Minnesota Wills for Heroes, Awarded the Hennepin County Sheriff's Distinguished Service Award
    Maslon is pleased to announce that Susan Link, chair of Maslon’s Estate Planning Group, and Andrea Bischoff, application support specialist, have been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Hennepin County Sheriff Department for their work and contributions to law enforcement personnel, families, and the greater community as program directors for the Minnesota Wills for Heroes Program. (View full story.)
  • October 12, 2018 - Maslon's Susan Link and Andrea Bischoff, Program Directors for Minnesota Wills for Heroes, Awarded the Minneapolis Fire Department Meritorious Service Award
    Maslon is pleased to announce that Susan Link, chair of Maslon’s Estate Planning Group, and Andrea Bischoff, application support specialist, have been awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Minneapolis Fire Department for their work and contributions to the Minneapolis Fire Department and the greater community as program directors for the Minnesota Wills for Heroes Program. (View full story.)
  • August 24, 2018 - Maslon LLP Honored with "Light of Justice" Award by Texas Defender Service
    Maslon is pleased to announce that the Maslon team working on behalf of Douglas Tyrone Armstrong will be honored with a "Light of Justice Award" by Texas Defender Service, an organization that aims to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence and to expose and eradicate the systemic flaws plaguing the Texas death penalty. (View full story.)
  • 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.)
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