Minnesota Supreme Court Approves Temporary Increase in Attorney Registration Fee for Legal Services
– In November, the Minnesota Supreme Court approved a temporary increase of $25 in the attorney registration fee (sunsets in 25 months) to help fund civil legal services during the current economic downturn. The increase will generate approximately $500,000 annually for civil legal aid. In 1997, the Minnesota Supreme Court approved the first attorney registration fee for legal services, a $50 fee that raises approximately $1,000,000 annually. Since then, five other states – Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin – have added fees to either bar dues or attorney registration to specifically fund legal services. For more information about the Minnesota increase, contact Steve Hirsh, Access to Justice Director, Minnesota State Bar Association, at or 612/278-6322. For information about other states, contact Meredith McBurney, Resource Development Consultant, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, at or 303/329-8091.