The Minnesota State Bar Association presents awards on an annual basis to recognize members for outstanding performance within the community, the profession, and the Association. 

Professional Excellence Award

This award is presented to commend one or more attorneys who are actively involved in the legal profession and who combine excellence in professional service with outstanding service to and on behalf of the Minnesota State Bar, the legal profession, or the public.  This award recognizes attorneys who strive to meet the many responsibilities of a lawyer, including efforts to improve the administration of justice and practice of law, efforts to promote access to justice, efforts to serve and govern the profession, and service of benefit to the community.  The award may be given annually provided that the nominations adequately meet the award criteria.

Previous Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to an experienced member of the State Bar who has continually displayed commitment and contributions to the Bar, the legal profession, and/or the public throughout their career.  A nominee must be well respected in the legal community for integrity, competence, career achievement, and service to the bar and/or community.   It is preferred that the nominee has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to service which goes beyond the ordinary expectations of his/her employment.  The award may be given annually provided that the nominations adequately meet the award criteria.

Previous Recipients

President’s Award

To recognize a member’s outstanding support and assistance to the Association and its mission.  Presented in June.

Previous Recipients

David Graven Public Service Award

To recognize the lawyer who best exemplifies the high standards of the profession in combination with a commitment to public or community service.  Presented in April.

Graven Award Recipients

Elmer H. Wiblishauser Author’s Award

To recognize the author of the best article contributed to Bench & Bar during the previous year. Presented in December.