Fredrikson & Byron’s Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award
Few lawyers have contributed more to the local and global community through public service and pro bono than Jim Dorsey. As Chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Pro Bono Committee for nearly 10 years, Jim helped shape the firm’s pro bono policies and programs through active participation and leadership. Jim was a co-founder and is a former officer and current board member of the Advocates for Human Rights; he has traveled to many countries to investigate human rights abuses, and he currently represents an Algerian detainee at Guantanamo Bay. Throughout Jim’s career he has worked diligently to uphold the rights of individuals—either through direct representation or by challenging unfair or unconstitutional laws. For example, Jim represented the NAACP in Hollman v. Cisneros, a major housing discrimination case that resulted in changing how a public housing program is run. But it is Jim’s consistent representation of low-income people that garners the respect of his colleagues and earns him this recognition. Jim has been a volunteer with Volunteer Lawyers Network for over 25 years, attending clinics to meet with individuals and representing them in court proceedings involving everything from debtor/creditor issues, traffic or drivers license issues, landlord/tenant issues, to administrative law hearings. He has been a Guardian ad Litem in Hennepin County, representing the best interests of children in child abuse and neglect hearings, and he advises and encourages newer lawyers on pro bono. Fredrikson & Byron is proud of Jim Dorsey’s accomplishments, dedication, and commitment to pro bono.
Pat Kelly Awarded the Community Builder of the Year Award
Pat Kelly was awarded the Community Builder of the Year award from Comunidades Latinos Unidos En Servicio (CLUES) on December 20, 2007. This exceptional award is given only to individuals who serve with the utmost distinction and dedication to the organization, and is the highest award CLUES gives to an individual. Pat was recognized for his outstanding support and leadership, including his leadership relating to the opening of a new Mexican Consulate office in St. Paul, and the development of Linea Legal Latina, a legal hotline serving Spanish-speaking individuals. Pat has served on the Board of CLUES since June 2000. He has served as Chair of the Facilities Committee and currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.