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Central MN Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program/St. Cloud Area

The Central Minnesota Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program-St. Cloud covers Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, and Todd counties. Attorneys agree to represent clients who are financially eligible for the local legal services program but are outside the local program staff priorities or who represent a conflict of interest for these offices. The biggest need for attorneys is in the family law and consumer/debt collections bankruptcy areas; however, employment discrimination, tort defense, landlord/tenant issues, real estate problems, wills, and guardianships are also referred to volunteers. Volunteers may also be asked to present CLE seminars for local attorneys. The program provides malpractice coverage for VAP cases, at least one free CLE per year in St. Cloud, either live or video, plus access to other CLEs in the Twin Cities, and a program newsletter. Many written materials are available as well as the option to get information from legal services staff on various poverty law issues. Participants have access to online support through the website Volunteers take as many cases as they feel comfortable taking each year. Law students may do research and writing projects for the program. Volunteers are needed who are willing to work with clients whose primary language is other than English including American Sign.

  • Counties of Volunteer Opportunity: Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Life Planning
  • Populations Served: Communities of Color, Elderly, Immigrants, Low Income, Native Americans, Persons with Disabilities, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Signers for the deaf, Somali, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Evenings, Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Does the organization provide malpractice insurance for volunteers? Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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Rebecca Berlow, a corporate attorney, has worked as a volunteer with The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Unit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") clinics and has assisted the Society with disaster relief efforts, greatly improving their Access to Benefits hotline by developing a new intake system. Learn more

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