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Resigning from the Minnesota bar is a major professional decision. You should only resign if you believe you will never need to practice law in Minnesota. It is not an effective strategy for avoiding registration fees if you wish to practice again someday. There is no administrative procedure for reinstating your license except by reapplying to the Board of Law Examiners and retaking the Minnesota bar exam.
To resign you must comply with Rule 11 of the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility.
1. Complete a petition of resignation (see an example)
2. The petition should include information on other bars you are admitted to and whether disciplinary action has been taken against you by these bars
3. Have the petition notarized
4. Submit an original and one copy of a notarized petition to the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, along with Proof of Service that indicates you served the petition on the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
5. Simultaneously serve a copy of the petition on the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, Landmark Towers, Suite 1500, 345 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
The resignation process takes 4-6 weeks. You will receive a Supreme Court order that removes you from the Minnesota bar.
If you have additional questions about resignation, please contact the Office of Lawyer Professional Responsibility.
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