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Southern MN Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) Volunteer Attorney Program /Southwest

SMRLS-Southwest serves Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, LeSueur, Martin, McLeod, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties. Cases that are referred to the approximately 130 panel members are mainly in the areas of family law, consumer issues, housing, and individual rights. Volunteers are provided with a staff attorney for consultation, free CLE seminars (live offered locally), research assistance, malpractice coverage, and support staff services if the volunteer does not regularly employ support staff. Law student volunteers are accepted. Attorneys willing to work with clients who speak Spanish, Somali and Southeastern Asian languages are needed.

  • Counties of Volunteer Opportunity: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan
  • Area of law: Arts, Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Disability, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: Hmong, Laotian, Somali, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Arranged
  • 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: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Hotline staffing, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students
  • Other Long Distance Opportunities: Brief advice letters
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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Neil Steinkamp

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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