Every year, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) honors members who provide 50 hours of pro bono work for the underprivileged. These attorneys donate their time to the community to help those who cannot pay for legal services on their own. In 2015, Jill Anderson, a senior associate at Brown Family Law, gave her time to the less fortunate and received this award from the MSBA.

Proud That an Outstanding Member of Our Team Has Been Recognized

As a 2015 North Star Lawyer, Anderson will be featured in the May 5, 2016, print copy of the Star Tribune along with the other honorees, who are listed alphabetically by the county where they work. In addition, she will also be listed in the Spring 2016 of Bench & Bar, and she has the opportunity for further recognition from the MSBA.

More About the MSBA

Founded in 1883, the MSBA is the oldest professional organization for lawyers in the state. Any licensed attorney can join the association, and membership is voluntary. Law management associates, paralegals and law students can also join.

As active members of the community, the MSBA participates in several programs across Minnesota, including Wills for Heroes and the High School Mock Trial Program. They advocate for legislation that furthers the cause of justice in the state and encourages support for the court system. In cooperation with other agencies, the MSBA works to provide quality legal services to all residents of the state.

Understanding Pro Bono Work

The term “pro bono” means “for the public good,” and it is a condensed term for pro bono publico. The term signifies free legal services, generally for those who cannot otherwise afford to pay. The American Bar Association encourages attorneys across the nation to commit to pro bono work during law school and to continue the practice throughout their careers. The ABA goes so far as to call pro bono work a professional responsibility.

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Jason C. Brown has represented a wide variety of family law clients over the last 20 years, including teachers, homemakers, union construction workers, doctors, truck drivers, accountants, business owners, engineers, lawyers, mortgage brokers and Fortune 500 executives. Many of his cases have involved…

Jason C. Brown has represented a wide variety of family law clients over the last 20 years, including teachers, homemakers, union construction workers, doctors, truck drivers, accountants, business owners, engineers, lawyers, mortgage brokers and Fortune 500 executives. Many of his cases have involved complex custody disputes, alimony claims, and high net worth individuals, including several divorces in which the value of the marital estate exceeded ten million dollars. Every client, no matter their background, is important to Jason.

Jason routinely provides mediation services for family court litigants. He was a longtime board member and corporate secretary for Northgate Church in Ramsey. Early in his career, Jason served as law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.