Pro Bono

  • Overview
  • News & Events
  • Breaking Poverty Barriers
  • Community Partners
  • Awards
  • ABA Challenge

The founders of Lindquist & Vennum believed that more was demanded of us than operating a professional enterprise for our own benefit. Lindquist & Vennum was committed to community service from its first day of practice. A substantial part of that commitment has been to provide uncompensated legal services to less fortunate members of our society in the Twin Cities, Denver and Sioux Falls through pro bono efforts.

Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Training Program

Taken from a live training event presented by Dr. Donna Beegle of Communication Across Barriers, the Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Training Program is now available to stream from our website, and the accompanying materials are available free of charge to eligible organizations across the country.


2015 Pro Bono Infographic

Pro Bono Hours in 2015


Since the firm began, Lindquist has realized how instrumental pro bono work can be in improving our communities. That's why every one of our attorneys participates in pro bono work every year. It's a tradition we're proud of, and one we have upheld from day one.



News & Events
News Releases
Media Mentions
Community Partners








American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Breaking Free

Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force

Better Futures

Minnesota Innocence Project

Cancer Legal Line

Neighborhood Justice Center

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Northeast Senior Services, Inc.

Children’s Law Center

Plymouth Youth Center

Dakota County Court

Prepare + Prosper

Federal Bar Association

Ramsey County Court


Resource, Inc.

Hennepin County Court


Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Hennepin County Office of the Public Defender

The Advocates for Human Rights

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

The Link

Jeremiah Program


Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)

University of Minnesota Business Law Clinic

Legal Rights Center

Volunteer Attorney Program


Volunteer Lawyers Network

Mary’s Place (Sharing and Caring Hands)

Wills for Heroes

Metropolitan Community & Technical College


Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid




Colorado Bar Association

Denver Area Women’s Shelter

Colorado Lawyers Committee

Metro Volunteer Lawyers

Colorado Poverty Law Project

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

South Dakota

Access to Justice, Inc.

East River Legal Services

The Advocates for Human Rights

South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault


Communication Across Barriers

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law




The Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award

We know the legal profession enjoys a unique role in the community, and that we have the skills and ability to provide services for the disadvantaged and to promote the public interest in ways that no other profession can. The Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award, established by our firm in 1996, is presented annually for exemplary pro bono efforts.

Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award Winners
  • Ann Novacheck (2016)
  • Michael Boulette (2015)
  • Daniel Fritz and Nicole Tupman (2014)
  • LB Guthrie, Roger Zopfi and Colleen Watts (2013)
  • Christopher Pham (2012)
  • Rich Ihrig and Jessica Meyer (2011)
  • Thomas Pursell (2010)
  • Wallace Hilke (2009)
  • Kim Ruckdaschel-Haley and Karla Vehrs (2008)
  • DeAnne Hilgers (2007)
  • Lindquist & Vennum (2006)
  • Candee Goodman (2005)
  • Robert McLeod (2004)
  • George Singer (2003)
  • Robert Tunheim (2002)
  • Hal Lewis (2001)
  • Jerry Bergfalk (2000)
  • Hassan Saffouri (1999)
  • Terrence Fleming and Christine Hansen (1998)
  • Jonathan Bye and Steven Pincus (1997)
  • Charles Lloyd (1996)



The North Star Award

Each year, the Minnesota Bar Association recognizes lawyers who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services (free legal services to low-income persons) with the honor of the North Star Award. Lindquist is proud of our lawyers who earned this honor in 2015.

  • Elizabeth G. Aby    
  • Lance Bonner
  • Michael Boulette            
  • Jamie Buskirk               
  • Jonathan M. Bye         
  • Kevin Costley   
  • Sonja Trom Eayrs             
  • Kara Gray 
  • DeAnne M. Hilgers  
  • Wallace G. Hilke            
  • Nicole R. Hittner      
  • Mark A. Jacobson       
  • Kirstin D. Kanski     
  • Craig A. Kepler          
  • Michael R. Kuhn        
  • Kelly Laudon
  • Joseph S. Lawder         
  • James A. Lodoen    
  • Thomas G. Lovett        
  • Peter V.  Michaud 
  • Gloria S. Myre 
  • Joshua T. Natzel
  • Charles Nelson
  • Ann Novacheck   
  • Brittany Stephens Pearson
  • Mark R. Privratsky
  • Kim Ruckdaschel-Haley
  • George H. Singer
  • Benjamin J. Skoglund      
  • Jeffrey D. Smith
  • Christopher R. Smith
  • John T. Soshnik   
  • Robin R. Tutt
  • Ansis V. Viksnins
  • James R. Walston


ABA Challenge

ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge

Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge 20 yearsIn 1995, the American Bar Association (ABA), recognizing the growing issue of unmet legal needs for the poor and disadvantaged across the country, challenged the nation's larger law firms to contribute a percentage of their attorneys' billable hours to pro bono work.

We accepted the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge (now the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge). We pledged our best efforts to ensure that we annually contribute, at a minimum, an amount of time equal to three percent of the firm's total billable hours to pro bono work. Our most significant step, one that sets us apart from other larger law firms, was to develop a Pro Bono policy that establishes an expectation that each partner, associate, and paralegal  in all of our markets, Twin Cities, Denver and Sioux Falls, will participate in this fundamental aspect of the firm's culture.

Since 1997, we have met and exceeded our goal with 100 percent participation by our partners, associates and paralegals. Our firm-wide commitment to pro bono work is in keeping with our tradition of full participation in the community.

Breaking Poverty Barriers

Breaking Poverty Barriers Training Program

The Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice training aims to help make sense of the questions legal volunteers face by helping attorneys better understand the life circumstances and day-to-day challenges of their clients from poverty.

This resource consists of two hours of streaming video and some written companion materials. It is free to legal services nonprofits, and available for a one-time fee of $125 to courts and state agencies.

Training Goals

  • Increase staff and volunteer understanding of poverty
  • Increase staff and volunteer communication and other skills
  • Improve client services and outcomes
  • Increase attorney and law student satisfaction and retention
  • Add to your skill-based trainings for attorneys, law students and other stakeholders
  • Engage volunteers in issues that impact those in poverty (based on a more informed understanding of the causes and realities of poverty)

Featured Speaker

The video features Donna Beegle, Ed.D., who shares her experiences growing up in migrant labor poverty. Dr. Beegle is a national trainer and speaker on understanding poverty. Her presentation speaks to how we can better communicate with the people we serve and improve our results.

Download Dr. Beegle’s Bio (PDF)


Training Format

The presentation is tailored to legal professionals. In most states it qualifies for CLE (elimination of bias) credits. Participants have called it professional, informative, engaging, and even transformative.

The training is available in four formats to fit a variety of time schedules and training needs.

  1. The entire training video (2.25 hours), with written companion materials.
    Best Use: Watching Dr. Beegle's presentation from start to end.
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  2. The entire video broken into five segments corresponding to the five main topics of Dr. Beegle's training.
    Best Use: For those who want to watch the videos by topic area.
    Includes Companion Materials
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  3. The entire video broken into 18 short segments.
    Best Use: Incorporating segments into a presentation or posting on an educational site for attorneys to watch on their own time.
    Includes companion materials
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  4. Thirty minutes of video, with incorporated start and stop times.
    Best use: Incorporating into a live panel discusseion of the related concepts.
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Companion Materials

The Breaking Poverty Barriers Training includes a number of companion materials, to be paired with formats 2 and 3.

  • Overview
    A brief overview of the Breaking Poverty Barriers program.
  • Poverty Quiz
    A short quiz for participants to take at the beginning of the training to get them thinking about their definitions of poverty and/or biases about it.
  • Communication Styles Assessment
    A personal assessment for participants that examines their communication styles.
  • Concepts and Video Segments
    These short segments provide suggested discussion topics/exercises for participants to engage in during the training.
  • Attorney/Client Understanding
    Provides attorneys with a general guideline for helping clients understand attorney/client privilege.
  • Sample CLE Application
    A sample CLE application to help presenters apply for CLE credits for the training.
  • Sample PowerPoint
    A BPB-themed presentation with complete slides and topics to supplement the training.



Lindquist & Vennum attorneys spend thousands of pro bono hours each year providing organizations and individuals in the Twin Cities, Denver and Sioux Falls areas with no-cost legal aid.

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