Sally M. Silk, Partner

Sally M. Silk

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Trust and Estate Litigation, Trust and Estate Administration, Guardianship and Conservatorship, Products Liability, Appeals, Pro Bono Immigration


Sally Silk is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, with expertise in civil litigation and probate law. She has a proven track record of solving complex legal issues and has litigated a highly diverse range of cases, including breach of contract, probate, products liability, real estate, and immigration. Sally has been recognized both locally and nationally for her pro bono work. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she teaches Federal Litigation in the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she has taught Estate and Trust Law.


J.D., Mitchell Hamline College of Law (Law Review)
Ph.D., French Literature, University of Michigan
M.A., French, Middelbury College
B.A., cum laude, French, University of Pennsylvania

Selected Awards

  • Outstanding Legal Achievement Award, Twin Cities Cardozo Society, for developing pro bono Legal Aid clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul, 2017
  • Outstanding Service Award in Private Practice, Minnesota Justice Foundation, 2014
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, for 50+ hours of pro bono legal services, 2012-Present
  • Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award, Cancer Legal Line, 2013
  • Pro Bono Award, Robins Kaplan LLP, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Model Training Program, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, developed national model training program for pro bono attorneys representing asylum applicants, 2006
  • Fulbright Scholar, Moscow State University, Russia, 1992-1993

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association:
    • Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee, former Co-chair and current member
    • Policy Committee, Chair
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Selected Pro Bono, Civic & Charitable Activities

  • Represent asylum seekers in Immigration Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Center for New Americans, University of Minnesota Law School, Advisory Committee
  • Advocates for Human Rights, Steering Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Twin Cities Cardozo Society, Steering Committee; former Co-Chair, Public Service Committee
  • Minneapolis Urban League Legal Aid Clinic, Volunteer Attorney
  • St. Paul Legal Aid Clinic, Volunteer Attorney

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