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2022 Annual Awards Celebration

At MJF’s 40th Annual Awards Celebration, we honor outstanding law students, attorneys and advocates for their service to low-income Minnesotans. This year we are excited to welcome keynote speaker Robin Maher, longtime capital defense lawyer and federal defender, former Director of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, now working at the US Department of Justice, Office for Access to Justice, speaking on the topic of “The Stories We Tell: Humanity and Hope in the Justice System.” We will also be honoring the winners of our 2022 Outstanding Service Awards:

Advocate: Raelene Caswell, Standpoint
Legal Services: Bradford Colbert, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Private Practice Pro Bono: Kurt W. Porter, Severson Porter Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law student: Marilys Solano
University of Minnesota Law School student: Madelyn Cox-Guerra
University of St. Thomas School of Law student: Kevin Green

Minnesota Justice Foundation
2022 Annual Awards Celebration

September 28, 2022


The Campus Club at the University of Minnesota.

To register to attend the event, click here.

This event features a cocktail hour with appetizers provided and a cash bar from 4:30-5:30.

There is not a seated dinner component this year. The seated program will begin at 5:30.

Masks are requested when not actively eating, drinking, or presenting.

Music from Larry McDonough and pre-event programming will run from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The program will begin at 5:30pm.

Parking: Please park in the East River Road Parking Garage.  Take the garage elevators to the Plaza Level (1st floor).  Walk across the street to Coffman Union.  Once inside Coffman, take elevators to the 4th floor.  The elevators are located on either side of the Bookstore.

More information and inclement weather instructions can be found on the Campus Club website.

The 40th Anniversary Celebration program book can be found here.

Robin M. Maher is a lawyer at the Office for Access to Justice, United States Department of Justice, and Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. Ms. Maher graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and began her legal career at the Minneapolis law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, where she worked on her first death penalty case as a volunteer lawyer. In 2001 she became the Director of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, where she worked nationally to improve the quality and availability of legal representation for people charged with or convicted of capital crimes. After leaving the ABA in 2014, Ms. Maher worked in the federal public defender system on state and federal death penalty cases. In addition to direct representation, Ms. Maher has more than twenty years’ experience training judges and lawyers throughout the United States on the professional and ethical obligations of capital defense counsel and the importance of a zealous defense effort.

Internationally, Ms. Maher has lectured on the death penalty throughout Europe and Asia; organized training seminars for judges and lawyers in China, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam; trained and consulted with capital defense trial teams representing 9/11 defendants in military commissions proceedings in Guantanamo Bay; and participated in judicial training and criminal legal reform efforts in Pakistan.

Ms. Maher was the grateful recipient of an MJF scholarship while a law student and was proud to receive the MJF Private Practice Lawyer Award in 1997. She is also the recipient of awards from the American Bar Association, Witness to Innocence, and the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists. She is the author of numerous articles on the right to counsel and the death penalty and in 2017 delivered the keynote address at the World Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.


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 Sponsors

Chestnut Cambronne
Greene Espel