Learn more about legal organizations in the state of Minnesota including the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Minnesota Association for Justice, and various lawyer referral services throughout the state.
Founded in 1883, the Minnesota State Bar Association is the oldest professional association for attorneys in Minnesota. Membership in the MSBA is voluntary and open to attorneys licensed to practice law in Minnesota and other states. Law students, paralegals, and law management associates can also become members. The MSBA works to ensure adequate support for the state court system, and promotes legislation to advance the cause of justice in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) is a non-profit organization with offices in Minneapolis, MN. MACDL is the leading statewide association exclusively serving the comprehensive needs of criminal defense bar. Today, the MACDL has grown to more than 200 members including many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Association for Justice is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to furthering civil justice. The organization provides services that allow its members to better represent their clients throughout the State of Minnesota. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in Minnesota belong to this trusted organization.
The Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification, appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court, accredits independent agencies to certify lawyers as specialists. Attorneys may seek certification from non-accredited agencies, but must clearly communicate that the agency is not accredited.
Currently, four organizations are accredited to certify in Minnesota including three national organizations and the Minnesota State Bar Association. The MSBA is accredited to certify attorneys in Criminal Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law and Real Property Law. As of February 25, 2014, there were 940 attorneys in Minnesota who had earned the designation as a certified specialist from one of the four (4) organizations.
If you need to find an attorney in Minnesota, then consider the benefits of using a Lawyer Service sponsored by a local bar association. Both the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association manage a lawyer referral service. Both of these services are recognized by the American Bar Association for meeting their standards for such services.
Although not a lawyer referral service, the Minnesota Bar Association manages a membership directory of attorneys found at msba.mnbar.org/member-directory/find-a-lawyer.