Standpoint (formerly the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project) is a private, non-profit organization that serves as a statewide agency providing legal consultation, training, and resources to domestic and sexual violence victims and their advocates, attorneys, and other professionals.

Attorneys are needed to work on special cases or research projects, some of which are related to litigation and some to general issues and problems arising on a regular basis around the state. Also needed are attorneys who are willing to consult on an as-needed basis with domestic or sexual violence advocates who have questions on the applicability of the law to an individual’s problem. Volunteers are needed who have experience working with domestic or sexual violence victim/survivors, as well as substantive law experience in family law, immigration, employment law, civil litigation, juvenile court, and criminal law experience prosecuting domestic abuse cases or defending women who assault in self-defense. Volunteers are provided with some training and the opportunity to consult with staff attorneys. Attorneys need not be licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Law students may do research projects. Attorneys are always needed who are willing to work with clients whose primary language is not English or is American Sign Language.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Minnesota
  • Area of law: Employment, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, domestic and sexual violence
  • Populations Served: Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Human Trafficking Survivors, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Native Americans
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers, Small and medium law firm attorneys
  • Need for non-English services: Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Varies on a project to project basis
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • 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: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Hotline staffing, Legal Research, 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, Translate legal documents
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Conduct Research, Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Mentor Volunteer Lawyers
  • Other Long Distance Opportunities: All types of projects, except answering the Hotline can be done remotely
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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