The Minnesota State Bar Association is one of the oldest state bar associations in the country. Membership to it is strictly voluntary. Attorneys practicing in the state are not required to join the association. Nonetheless, it has over 15,000 current and active members that include not only lawyers but also judges, paralegals, law clerks, registrars, and law students.
The organization was founded in 1883, and membership dues were initially set at $3 per year. It created and adopted a new constitution in 1926 and formed a public relations committee in 1937. It now relies on two separate entities to govern it: The Assembly that makes policies and the Board of Governors that oversee its everyday function and regulations.
The organization serves a variety of functions including helping the state’s court system with the administration of justice and maintaining the highest ethical standards in the state’s legal industry. It additionally advocates for the knowledge and experience of Minnesota’s lawyers while also offering the state’s Continued Legal Education program. It also advocates for legal reforms when necessary.
The organization encourages its members to become actively involved not only with the organization itself but also the communities in which they live and work. They can visit the association’s website to find out what committees are currently welcoming new members and what functions those committees serve. They also can nominate their fellow attorneys for leadership positions within the organization by visiting its website.
Another service that it offers to members is certification in their respective legal areas. More than 30 percent of the association’s members are certified. Those who want to become certified in their legal specialties can start the process by using the resources on the association’s website.
The association also offers services and benefits to the public including forms and resources that can help them pursue legal action. For example, people wishing to file their own cases first must download and print off the correct court forms. Those forms can be found on the organization’s website. If they need an attorney, they can use the free member directory that lists attorneys who practice in their city. Attorneys are listed by their legal specialties.
The Minnesota State Bar Association can be found at 600 Nicollet Mall Suite 380 in Minneapolis, 55402. Members or prospective clients can contact the association by calling, visiting in person, or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.