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American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN)

The ACLU-MN is a non-profit, member-supported affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. With approximately 12,000 members, the ACLU-MN's purpose is the protection of rights and liberties preserved by the Minnesota and National Constitutions. Serving the entire state, the ACLU-MN takes cases in all areas of the law as long as there are civil liberties issues involved and the ACLU-MN has policy that applies. Representation by volunteer attorneys is needed regularly in Constitutional law and occasionally in employment, education, wrongful termination, school expulsion and suspension, disability-related discrimination, and all areas involving individual rights. ACLU-MN regularly involves volunteer attorneys in other kinds of activities, including co-counseling, research, writing briefs or memoranda, special one-time projects, and community/legislative advocacy. Support services provided to attorneys include malpractice coverage, clerical support if needed, consultations, and office space if needed. Attorneys need not be licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Law students may conduct investigations, do research, and provide litigation support.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Disability, Education, Employment, Constitutional Law. Skill in writing amicus briefs.
  • Populations Served: General Public
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Nonlitigation Projects
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: varies
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • 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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Volunteer Profile

James Mason is an associate attorney in Dorsey & Whitney LLP's Minneapolis office. He volunteers with Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) in its criminal expungement workshop. At the workshops, volunteer attorneys like James help people complete the lengthy and detailed court pleadings required for expungement using the HotDocs assembly tool hosted on ProJusticeMN.org. READ MORE

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