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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

  • The Trial of Derek Chauvin: Through appointment as special assistant attorney general in July 2020, Maslon Partner Steve Schleicher proudly served on a pro bono basis as part of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's prosecution team for the trial of Derek Chauvin. The case culminated in a 22.5-year sentence for the former police officer after the jury returned verdicts of guilty on second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. With Maslon’s support, Steve devoted more than 500 hours of pro bono service in 2020 to help prepare for the 2021 trial, at which he conducted the two-week voir dire, examined and cross-examined the fact and expert witnesses on use of force by the police and related training, and delivered the main closing argument for the prosecution in the trial. (View full story.)
  • Project N95: Maslon attorneys offered quick pro bono guidance for formation and provide ongoing counsel to support the mission of Project N95—a dynamic nonprofit organization created to deliver critical PPE to Healthcare Workers in Frontlines of COVID-19. (View full story.)
  • Minnesota Wills for Heroes: To ensure the Minnesota State Bar Association's Minnesota Wills for Heroes program (WFH) continues to address the needs of our first responders—particularly as they work in the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis—Maslon Estate Planning Attorney Susan Link and colleague Andrea Bischoff have transitioned the operation to virtual services. As Program Directors for WFH, their mutual dedication and coordinated effort with attorney volunteers helps further the program's mission to provide 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. Proudly, the WFH Foundation has now granted permission to expand the program to include health care workers during this time of crisis.
  • Advocates for Human Rights LGBTQ+ Immigration Relief: Maslon attorneys proudly and successfully provided pro bono representation to two LGBTQ+ people who sought to stay in the United States after fleeing anti-LGBTQ+ persecution in their home countries. Both cases were referred to Maslon attorneys by the Advocates for Human Rights, a Minnesota-based non-profit. In one case, Maslon represented a Nigerian man who fled Nigeria after he was outed to the police,  and in another case, Maslon represented a Guatemalan woman who fled Guatemala after years of anti-LGBTQ+ persecution. (View full story.)
  • 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. In 2018, the Maslon team working on behalf of Douglas Tyrone Armstrong was 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. 
  • 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). 

Featured Pro Bono and Community Service News

  • May 27, 2021 - Maslon Attorneys Recognized as 2020 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association
    Maslon is pleased to announce the recognition of one-quarter of its attorneys as 2020 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). 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. In total, Maslon attorneys contributed 6,574 hours of pro bono service in 2020. (View full story.)
  • April 21, 2021 - Maslon Partner Steve Schleicher Recognized for Service as Part of MN AG Ellison's Prosecution Team in the Trial of Derek Chauvin
    Partner Steve Schleicher proudly served on a pro bono basis as part of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's Prosecution Team for the Trial of Derek Chauvin, which returned a verdict of guilty of murder in the second degree, murder in the third degree, and manslaughter in the second degree. (View full story.)
  • March 12, 2021 - Maslon Partner Steve Schleicher Continues Service as Special Assistant Attorney General on AG Ellison's Prosecution Team in the Trial of Derek Chauvin
    As Special Assistant Attorney General on AG Ellison's prosecution team for the State of Minnesota vs. Derek Chauvin, Maslon Partner and veteran trial attorney Steve Schleicher will continue to serve in various roles throughout the trial. In July 2020, Steve was one of four attorneys from private practice and in house selected to serve on a pro bono basis as part of the larger prosecution team, which includes representatives from the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office—all working under the leadership of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. (View full story.)
  • October 29, 2020 - Maslon Attorneys Provide Pro Bono Service to the Election Protection Coalition
    Continuing Maslon's strong legacy of work to protect voter's rights, Maslon attorneys Catherine Ahlin-Halverson, John Darda, Terri Krivosha, Tom Pack, Jason Reed, and Marty Rosenbaum are volunteering pro bono service to Election Protection. (View full story.)
  • October 14, 2020 - Maslon Attorneys Recognized as Pro Bono All Stars by the Minnesota State Bar Association
    Maslon is pleased to announce the recognition of seven attorneys as Pro Bono All Stars by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). Pro Bono All Stars are MSBA members who have been recognized as North Star Lawyers for seven or more years—exhibiting a long-term commitment to pro bono service. (View full story.)
  • September 1, 2020 - Jevon Bindman Elected to Board of Minnesota Justice Foundation
    Maslon is pleased to announce that Jevon Bindman, 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.)
  • August 25, 2020 - Shane Solinger Elected to Board of Directors of LegalCORPS
    Shane Solinger, an attorney in Maslon's Corporate & Securities Group, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for LegalCORPS, a Minnesota nonprofit organization that aims to expand access to the legal system by providing free legal assistance in transactional matters to low-income entrepreneurs and innovators and small nonprofits in Minnesota. (View full story.)
  • August 21, 2020 - Pro Bono Appellate Victory: Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Victim Privacy Rights
    A Maslon pro bono appellate team led by Erica Holzer, with contributions from Melissa Muro LaMere and Jeremy Krahn, helped obtain a significant victory before the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of their pro bono client, the Battered Women's Justice Project, along with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Standpoint, as amici curiae.(View full story.)
  • June 22, 2020 - Maslon Partner Steve Schleicher Appointed to Serve as Special Assistant Attorney General on AG Ellison's Prosecution Team for George Floyd Case
    Steve Schleicher, experienced trial lawyer and partner in Maslon's Litigation Group, has been appointed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison as a Special Assistant Attorney General to serve, on a pro bono basis, as a member of the prosecution team for the George Floyd case. (View full story.)
  • June 9, 2020 - Maslon Attorneys Recognized as 2019 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association
    Maslon is pleased to announce the recognition of 21 attorneys as 2019 North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). 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.)
  • June 3, 2020 - No-Cost/Pro Bono Insurance Advice Offered to Small Business Owners Affected by the Riots
    In an effort to help rebuild our community and support those most impacted by the events following George Floyd's tragic death, Maslon has stepped forward to support small businesses in the Twin Cities suffering property damage and loss of business income due to the riots that will be needing immediate help navigating insurance claims. (View full story.)
  • April 3, 2020 - Pro Bono Counsel Supports Nonprofit Providing Critical PPE to Healthcare Workers in Frontlines of COVID-19
    Maslon is honored to provide pro bono representation to Project N95 – a dynamic nonprofit organization serving as a national clearinghouse to source crucial suppliers in order to serve healthcare providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maslon attorneys Terri Krivosha and Susan Markey have provided immediate guidance to help form the venture and will continue to provide pro bono counsel on various other items related to the nonprofit’s ongoing operations. (View full story.)
  • February 18, 2020 - Maslon Meets the Pro Bono Institute's Pro Bono Challenge for Fifth Consecutive Year
    Maslon is pleased to announce that it has met the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® in 2019 for the fifth 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 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 23, 2020 - Advances in Lawsuit Against PolyMet Mining: Maslon Serving as Plaintiff Pro Bono Representation
    A Maslon pro bono team led by Evan Nelson and Margo Brownell, including attorneys Bill Pentelovitch, Judah Druck, Mike Sheran, Justin Rose, and paralegal Tanya Carter, have vigorously provided pro bono representation to Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in their litigation challenging PolyMet permits in the courts. (View full story.)
  • January 14, 2020 - Pro Bono Victory: Minnesota Court of Appeals Reverses Three Permits Issued to PolyMet Mining for Minnesota's First Copper-Nickel Mine
    A Maslon pro bono team led by Evan Nelson and Margo Brownell obtained a significant victory on behalf of their client in an ongoing lawsuit against PolyMet Mining—the Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed three permits issued to PolyMet Mining for Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine. (View full story.)
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