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
- 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
- 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.)
- 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.)
- December 2, 2019 - Maslon Attorneys Judah Druck, Tom Pack, and Alumna Hillary Taylor Selected as 2019 "Attorneys of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer
Maslon is pleased to announce that attorneys Tom Pack, Judah Druck, and alumna Hillary Taylor, now Assistant Attorney General, have been selected as 2019 "Attorneys of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer. The attorney team is recognized for their pro bono representation of two individuals who sought to stay in the United States after fleeing anti-LGBTQ+ persecution in their respective home countries. (View full story.)
- November 13, 2019 - Star Tribune Features Martin Rosenbaum Recognition as LegalCORPS' 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award
The article highlights Marty’s significant contributions over the years to LegalCORPS—including a decade of board service—which supported his recognition as the 2019 LegalCORPS Volunteer of the Year. (View full story.)
- September 16, 2019 - 2019 LegalCORPS Annual Celebration: Marty Rosenbaum to be Honored as Volunteer of the Year
Marty Rosenbaum, Co-Chair of Maslon's Corporate & Securities Group, will be honored with the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given to members who have a long history of dedicated volunteer service with LegalCORPS. (View full story.)
- July 12, 2019 - Julian Zebot Receives the 2019 Minnesota State Bar Association President's Award as part of Access to Justice Committee
Maslon is pleased to announce that Julian Zebot, along with his fellow members of the MSBA's Access to Justice Committee, received the 2019 Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) President's Award, which is presented to commend one or more attorneys who are actively involved in the legal profession and who combine excellence in professional service with outstanding service to and on behalf of the Minnesota State Bar, the legal profession, or the public, with attention to efforts to improve the administration of justice and practice of law, efforts to promote access to justice, efforts to serve and govern the profession, and service of benefit to the community. (View full story.)
- 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.)
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