Robert Enger, an attorney at the Legal Services of NW Minnesota office in Bemidji, has been elected secretary of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
The office, which he assumed July 1, puts Enger on track to become MSBA president during the 2012-13 bar year.
In his practice, Enger focuses on serving low-income and elderly individuals in five of the 22 northwestern Minnesota counties that his program serves. He assists individuals and eligible groups to know and enforce their legal rights; obtain effective access to courts, forums or administrative agencies; and acquire and preserve benefits, services and entitlements necessary to become self-reliant as permitted by individual circumstances and abilities.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science cum laude in 1990 from Bemidji State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Scholastic Fraternity. He received his law degree with honors in 1993 from the University of South Dakota School of Law, where he was a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity.
With more than 16,000 members, the MSBA is the state's largest voluntary organization of attorneys, providing continuing legal education and public service opportunities for lawyers, and assistance to the legal system.
In recent years, the MSBA has worked closely with the state courts to lobby the Minnesota Legislature for adequate funding for the court system, salaries for judges and funding for legal services for the disadvantaged.
The MSBA also works with the state Supreme Court on setting high ethical and practice standards for Minnesota lawyers.