Pro Bono Week is October 25 - 29, 2021


Free Pro Bono Week CLEs
Join us for a series of free CLE programs. CLE credit will be available for each program. All programs are offered via webinar. 


Monday, October 25th, 12:00-1:30pm - ZOOM
Racial Trauma in Communities and Individuals: Increase Your Awareness; Increase Your Effectiveness.

Speakers: Resmaa Menakem, (MSW, LICSW) Hamra Ahmad (J.D.), moderated by Sharon Sayles Belton
Description: Providing competent legal representation to all clients, including pro bono clients, goes beyond mastering the substantive law and administrative procedures. A fully proficient attorney meets the client where they are at and understands racial trauma and challenges that black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC) face in the US legal system and society at large. Join us for a question-and-answer session with Resmaa Menakem, Minnesota resident, national speaker, and author of My Grandmother’s Hands, on the topic of pro bono representation within the realm of transformational change and understanding racialized trauma. Hamra Ahmad, Director of Law & Policy at HerJustice, will follow with a presentation that aims to provide practical tools for lawyers to address challenges faced by people living in poverty and to recognize the strengths and positive attributes that clients bring to the attorney-client relationship.

Tuesday, October 26th, 12:00pm-1:30pm - ZOOM
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Immigration Misinformation Through the Ages

Speakers: Michele Garnett McKenzie, (J.D), Tim Sanders Szabo (J.D.), Lindsey Greising (J.D.),
Description: Join us to learn more about the past and the present of immigration law in the United States. Presenters from The Advocates for Human Rights and Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota will highlight issues in immigration laws in the past and provide updates on many of the immigration topics that you have been seeing in the news.

Wednesday, October 27th, 12:00pm-1:30pm - ZOOM
Love Letter from the Boondocks: Debunking the Myths of Rural Justice

Speakers:  Dr. Michele Statz (PhD.), Judge Jessica Ryan (J.D.), Sara Karki (J.D.),
Description: Rurality encompasses a wide variety of people, identities, legal needs and strengths but we don’t always talk about it that way. Join legal anthropologist Michele Statz, former Tribal Court Judge Jessica Ryan, and immigration lawyer Sara Karki for a discussion about legal needs and legal services in rural Minnesota. Drawing on their experiences, they’ll talk about common misperceptions and provide insights about working in greater Minnesota. We’ll highlight the diversity found in rural Minnesota and discuss how to serve the community effectively.


CLE credit is available and all sessions are free of charge thanks to our Pro Bono Week Sponsors!
Ballard Spahr
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Robins Kaplan LLP
Stinson LLP
Thomson Reuters
Wells Fargo
Other programs during pro bono week:
Thinking about Thinking : The Role of Cognitive Bias in the Legal Decision Making Process

Thursday, October 28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm via GoToWebinar (click here to register)

Sponsored by Volunteer Lawyers Network & Legal Services State Support

An examination of the disposition of 210 bankruptcy adversary cases, and how cognitive bias and other factors may have impacted the decisions made by judges, attorneys and debtors.

Presenter: Ron Lundquist, Bankruptcy Attorney

1.0 Elimination of Bias credits to be applied for

Minnesota Collaborative Justice Project Reentry Justice Volunteer Engagement Event

You are invited to attend the Minnesota Collaborative Justice Project’s Pro Bono Week event for prospective volunteer attorneys. Our project seeks to improve the experience and transition of formerly incarcerated Minnesotans back into their communities.

Through the Project’s Civil Legal Needs Initiative, we provide pro bono legal assistance to individuals to address their barriers to successful reentry. Come join us to hear from reentry clients about their experiences, learn about this exciting project, and discover ways to get involved!

Register for free via Zoom

See the ProJusticeMN Calendar for additional trainings and programs