Providing Justice in Northwest Minnesota


Seeing the legal needs of people who could not afford an attorney, a group of private attorneys worked out their own system to help people pro bono in the mid-1970’s. They used a set of notecards to track which attorney in the rotation would take the next client in need. They founded Northwest Minnesota Legal Services in 1976 because the demand significantly outpaced the number of attorneys available to assist. In the formative years, private attorneys agreed to accept cases through a civil legal aid model known as “judicare” which provided nominal compensation for the private attorneys. In 1985, LSNM received a Legal Services Corporation grant to hire its first staff attorney. The name officially changed to Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota in 1991. Today, a combination of staff and private attorneys work together to help meet the significant legal needs in northwest Minnesota.

Board Members

Robert Blatti


Jeff Hane

Vice President 

Missy Becker-Cook


Amber Gustafson
Kristine Goddard-Anderson
Stephen Larson
Rachel Prudhomme
Deborah Kukowski
Destiny Weaver
Suzette Sutton

David Frank
Christel Croxen
Joe Glasrud
Cindy Gabbert
JoEllen Doebbert
Deb Economou

Sheila Korby
Sarah Jones
Eman Yassin
Marilyn Beech
Leigh Nelson

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