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VLN Spanish Legal Services

VLN Spanish Legal Services is a legal advice line for low-income Spanish speakers. Our volunteer attorneys provide a coordinated legal "first responder" system so our callers receive legal advice or referrals quickly, without being bounced from provider to provider. VLN Spanish Legal Services is a unique collaboration between Volunteer Lawyers Network, Fredrickson & Byron, Lindquist & Vennum, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and CLUES. VLN clients need assistance in a wide variety of areas, including immigration, family, employment and housing law. Clients can call the client intake line on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9am-1pm. An intake specialist will screen the client for income and issue eligibility. Clients are then scheduled with volunteer attorneys for brief advice over the phone. Some follow-up services may also be available. Phone advice is offered to clients statewide. Brief services are offered primarily in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. 

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Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Volunteers can call clients back on their own schedule. Volunteers can also schedule in-person appointments with clients as their schedules permit. VLN also offers opportunities to participate in advice only clinics and community presentations.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Minnesota
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Public Benefits
  • Populations Served: Domestic Violence Victims, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Low Income, Women
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Evenings, Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Weekends
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: Yes, for some.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • 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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