Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

  • Location:
    12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 3000
    P. O. Box 3304
    Mankato, MN 56002-3304
  • Map: maps.google.com
  • Phone: 507-387-5588 or 800-247-2299
  • Fax: 507-387-2321
  • TTY: Minnesota Relay Service
  • Website: http://www.smrls.org

We are a nonprofit, "legal aid" law firm funded by federal, state and private funding to provide free legal assistance to low income persons throughout southern Minnesota and the St Paul metropolitan area in civil matters.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Minnesota
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits, Taxes, Tribal law, Privacy, confidentiality, and privilege, Jurisdictional issues, Human Trafficking, Elder Abuse, Criminal justice, Civil protection orders: Contempt/Enforcement, Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Civil protection orders: Initial proceeding
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Immigrants, Low Income, Persons with Disabilities, Working poor and unemployed, Homeless, Human Trafficking, Limited English Proficient
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: Arabic, Hmong, Laotian, Oromo, Russian, Signers for the deaf: ASL, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese, Thai, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: Minnesota allows up to 6 CLE credits for pro bono work.
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • 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), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Hotline staffing, Legislative or policy advocacy, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: Impact, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials, Transactional work, Translate legal documents
  • Other Project Types: Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation and early neutral evaluations.
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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