Jonathan Wolf, Esquire
2021 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA–Jonathan Wolf has been selected to receive the prestigious 2021 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service, which honors an American Inn of Court member in practice 10 years or fewer for their excellence in public interest or pro bono activities. Wolf will receive the award at the annual Celebration of Excellence held at the Supreme Court of the United States on April 2, 2022, which has been postponed due to the pandemic.
A civil litigator at the St. Cloud, Minnesota, law firm Rinke Noonan since 2014, Wolf is deeply committed to pro bono work, says his mentor Nicholas R. Delaney, Esquire, who nominated Wolf for the award. “Pro bono work in private practice can be a thankless task,” says Delaney. “Even so, despite not getting anything out of it beyond a feeling of having done the right thing, I have consistently seen Mr. Wolf throw himself into his many pro bono cases as a definitive exemplar of the term ‘zealous advocate.’”
While his pro bono work has often focused on vulnerable individuals facing crises, Wolf has increasingly taken on leadership positions in pro bono organizations. In addition to being a volunteer attorney for Central Minnesota Legal Services, Wolf also serves as vice president of the organization. He is also a volunteer attorney for Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. Wolf also encourages his peers in the legal community to take on pro bono work. He helped launch a new campaign called Lawyers Step Up for Minnesota to encourage lawyers to help low-income Minnesotans in the wake of the pandemic. A prolific writer, he often writes on service-oriented topics.
Wolf also volunteers outside the legal realm. He has volunteered at tree-planting and buckthorn-eradication events with a Minnesota nonprofit called the Great River Greening. Minnesota’s governor also appointed him to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. He has also served as a chapter officer for the Central Stearns chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit devoted to preserving waterfowl habitats.
Wolf is a member of the John E. Simonett American Inn of Court in Waite Park and St. Cloud, Minnesota. He earned a manga cum laude law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2011 and a summa cum laude undergraduate degree in justice systems from Truman State University in 2007.