Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)

Make a difference by sharing your expertise and knowledge as a volunteer business mentor. MEDA matches attorneys with BIPOC entrepreneurs in the eleven county metro area who want to start or grow a business. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, incorporation, partnership agreements, contracts, labor and employment law, tax and business planning and real estate. Legal assistance is provided pro bono or at a reduced rate, depending on need. Attorneys may also volunteer to conduct community education seminars or participate in special onetime projects. Volunteer attorneys should have business or corporate law experience. Volunteers are not expected to provide litigation services. Attorneys generally meet clients at their own offices. However, space can be arranged at MEDA. Most meetings are held during regular business hours. Attorneys with language fluency other than English are needed.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington
  • Area of law: Community Development, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Employment, Taxes, Business, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property
  • Populations Served: Communities of Color, Immigrants, Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Generally meet 1-2 times/month for 1 - 2 hours per meeting
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • 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
  • Other Case Load Requirements: Minimum of 3 months, can be extended at the request of the mentee, with mentor approval
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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