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2021 Virtual Awards Celebration

Zoom information has been sent out to registrants as of the morning of October 27. If you did not receive the email, please contact MJF.

MJF warmly invites you to join us at the 39th Annual Awards Celebration, where we honor outstanding law students, attorneys and advocates for their service to low-income Minnesotans. This year we are excited to welcome Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson as our keynote speaker. We will also be honoring the winners of our 2021 Outstanding Service Awards.

Minnesota Justice Foundation
2021 Virtual Awards Celebration

October 27, 2021

This will be a virtual event. Attendees can register for the event here.

Music from Larry McDonough and pre-event programming will run from 4pm to-4:30pm.

You can read the program of events here.

You can view the video of the full event here.

Justice Natalie Hudson

Justice Natalie Hudson joined the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2015 by appointment of Governor Mark Dayton. She was elected in 2016 and her current term expires January 2023.  Justice Hudson served on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002-2015.

Justice Hudson was a staff attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (1982-1986); an associate attorney at Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi (1986-1988); Assistant Dean of Students at Hamline University School of Law (1989-1992); St. Paul City Attorney (1992-1994); and an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Minnesota Attorney General, Criminal Appellate Division (1994-2004). Justice Hudson received her B.A. from Arizona State University and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Justice Hudson is a member of American Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota Association of Black Women Lawyers, and Warren E. Burger Inn of Court. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Minnesota Law School.

MJF is proud to announce the winners of our 2021 Outstanding Service Awards!

Legal Services: Kathy Klos, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Private Practice Pro Bono: Jerry Blackwell, Blackwell Burke P.A., Steven Schleicher, Maslon LLP, and Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, Medtronic, for their pro bono work on the prosecution team for the trial of Derek Chauvin
Advocate: Gregg Trautwein, Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Law Student awards:
Samantha Prins (University of St. Thomas School of Law)
Brigid Kelly (University of Minnesota Law School)
Brenda Pfahnl (Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

These awardees will be honored at our 2021 Virtual Awards Celebration.

Would your organization or firm like to sponsor the MJF Virtual Awards Celebration? Please let us know!

Sponsorship levels:
Gold: $5000
Silver: $3500
Bronze: $2000
Pro Bono Supporter: $750
Pro Bono Supporter – Small Firms (for firms with 10 or fewer attorneys): $250


Gold Sponsors




Silver Sponsors

Lathrop GPM



Bronze Sponsors

Nichols Kaster
Best & Flanagan
Faegre Drinker

Pro Bono Supporters

Chestnut Cambronne
Greene Espel