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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

BOARD OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
Galtier Plaza, 380 Jackson St., Suite 201, St. Paul 55101
(651)297-7100
Web site: www.mbcle.state.mn.us
Law Provides: The board oversees the administration of the mandatory continuing legal education requirement for attorneys. 

BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS
Galtier Plaza, 380 Jackson St., Suite 201, St. Paul 55101
(651)297-1857, (651)297-1800
Web site: www.ble.state.mn.us
Law Provides: The board is responsible for overseeing the bar admission process in Minnesota.  Board responsibilities include planning and overseeing administration of the Minnesota bar examination; overseeing the process through which bar applicants’ character and fitness is investigated and certifications of good character are issued; conducting hearings on character and fitness or other eligibility issues for denied bar applicants; reviewing and recommending amendments to the Minnesota Rules for Admission to the Bar; and reviewing all bar admission policy and administrative matters.  (Minnesota Statutes, Section 481.01) 

Board of Legal Certification
Galtier Plaza, 380 Jackson St., Suite 201, St. Paul 55101
(651)297-1857
Web site: www.blc.state.mn.us
Law Provides: The board is responsible for accrediting independent agencies to certify certain Minnesota attorneys as specialists.  Attorneys certified as specialists in particular areas of law may advertise their specialties.  Minnesota attorneys who are certified as specialists must provide evidence of substantial involvement in the specialty area, pass a written examination in the specialty area, and complete at least 20 hours of continuing legal education courses in the specialty area every three years. 

BOARD OF PARDONS
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 200, St. Paul 55108; (651)642-0284
E-mail: pardonsboard@co.doc.state.mn.us
Law provides: The board may grant pardons, commutations, and pardons extraordinary to applicants. The board consists of the governor, the chief justice of the supreme court, and the attorney general. It meets twice yearly, and the meetings are open to the public. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 638) The board sends applications by mail once eligibility requirements have been established.

BOARD ON JUDICIAL STANDARDS
2025 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 180, Mendota Heights 55120; (651)296-3999
E-mail: judicial.standards@state.mn.us.
Law provides: The board of 10 lawyers, judges, and public members investigates allegations of misconduct by Minnesota judges, recommends judicial discipline to the supreme court, and issues public reprimands and private warnings. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 490.15)

CLIENT SECURITY BOARD
1500 Landmark Towers, 345 St. Peter St., St. Paul 55102, (651)296-3952; (800)657-3601
Web site: www.courts.state.mn.us/csb/csb.html
Court rules provide: The board is established by the supreme court and funded by lawyers’ registration fees. The board has five lawyer members and two nonlawyer members. The board reimburses clients who suffer a loss of money or other property from the dishonesty of their attorneys.

COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL SELECTION
Office of the Governor, 130 State Capitol, St. Paul 55155, (651)296-0019
Web site: www.governor.state.mn.us
Law provides: The commission recommends to the governor nominees for a vacancy that occurs in the district courts prior to a judge’s elected term being completed. The nine at-large members and four members from each of the 10 districts meet when an unscheduled vacancy occurs. Judges who are appointed must run for election beyond one year of their swearing-in date. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 480B)

LAWYERS PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY BOARD
1500 Landmark Towers, 345 St. Peter St., St. Paul 55102; (651)296-3952, (800)657-3601
Web site: www.courts.state.mn.us/lprb
Court rules provide: The board oversees the lawyers professional responsibility office, which investigates complaints of alleged lawyer misconduct and prosecutes disciplinary actions against lawyers.

SENTENCING GUIDELINES COMMISSION
Capitol Office Bldg., 525 Park St., Suite 220, St. Paul 55103; (651)296-0144
E-mail: sentencing.guidelines@state.mn.us
Law provides: The 11-member commission seeks to reduce the disparity in sentencing practices in regard to length of prison terms and to establish goals for sentence uniformity and proportionality. It is composed of jurists, attorneys in public service, law enforcement officials, correction officials, and public members. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 244.09)

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
100 Washington Sq., Suite 1700, 100 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis 55401
(612)341-7600; Web site: www.oah.state.mn.us
Law provides: The office is responsible for overseeing the conduct of rule making and contested case hearings for state agencies pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, reviewing adopted agency rules, holding hearings for political subdivisions and workers’ compensation trials pursuant to the Workers’ Compensation Law, issuing reports and orders, and preparing the record of the proceedings. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 14, 176)

STATE BOARD OF PUBLIC DEFENSE (STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER)
331 S. 2nd. Ave., Suite 900, Minneapolis 55401; (612)349-2565
Web site: www.pubdef.state.mn.us
Law provides: The seven-member board approves and recommends a budget to the legislature and establishes procedures for distribution of state funding for the board, the office of state public defender, the judicial district public defenders, and the public defense corporations. The board approves Standards for the offices of the state and district public defenders and for the conduct of all appointed counsel systems as established by the state public defender. The board also appoints the state public defender and all judicial district public defenders. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 611.215)

STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER APPEALS OFFICE
2221 University Ave. S.E., Suite 425, Minneapolis 55414, (612)627-6980
Web site: www.pubdef.state.mn.us
Law provides: The state public defender has responsibility for criminal cases on appeal to the Minnesota supreme court and court of appeals, post-conviction proceedings in the district courts throughout the state and appeals from there, parole revocation proceedings for juveniles and adults, and community notification cases. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 611.25)

TAX COURT
245 Minnesota Judicial Center, 2nd Fl., 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul 55155 (651)296-2806
Web site: www.taxcourt.state.mn.us; e-mail: info@taxcourt.state.mn.us
Law provides: The court, composed of three judges, is where taxpayers may file appeals related to any state or local tax, except for special assessments. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 271)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COURT OF APPEALS
405 Judicial Center, 25 Constitution Ave., St. Paul 55155; (651)296-6526
Web site: www.workerscomp.state.mn.us.
Law provides: The five-member court reviews all appealed questions of law and fact concerning workers’ compensation claims. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 175A, 176)

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM