Chris Messerly Community Service Award

On October 5, 2010, Delta Theta Phi (Magnuson Senate) of Hamline University inducted attorney Chris Messerly as an honorary member of Delta Theta Phi. Chris Messerly – an attorney and partner for the Minneapolis office of Robins, Kaplin, Miller & Ceresi, L.L.P. – was a leader of the consortium of attorneys litigating complex injury and death cases involving the Minneapolis I-35W bridge collapse on a pro bono basis. This was one of the largest pro bono efforts in state history and Chris Messerly’s contribution was profound. Because of his efforts, more than $77 million has been recovered for those injured and those who lost loved ones. In addition, Messerly was awarded the "Professional Excellence Award" by the Minnesota State Bar Association for his contributions and efforts. Furthermore, Messerly also received the second annual "Pro Bono Award" from the American Association of Justice for securing a bridge fund for the victims, as well as assisting the investigation into the cause of the I-35W bridge collapse. As a result of Chris Messerly's extraordinary work, Delta Theta Phi established the "Chris Messerly Community Service Award" of which he is the first recipient. This award will be given annually to a student who demonstrates great commitment and dedication to the community. The plaque will be displayed in the lobby of Hamline University School of Law.

As a proud alumnus of Hamline University School of Law, Chris Messerly is no stranger to community service. He has demonstrated tremendous dedication to both the community and Hamline Law School. In 2000, he received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from Hamline University School of Law and was recognized as one of "One Hundred and Fifty Lives that Make a Difference" in 2005. When discussing his efforts and the efforts of many other Hamline graduates in the work for the 35W bridge collapse victims, Messerly stated, “When you graduate from Hamline, that commitment to service lasts forever.”