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Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

The Immigrant Law Center provides representation in immigration matters for low-income clients of all nationalities in the State of Minnesota. Clients are assisted in the following areas: family petitioning, asylum, deportation and removal defense, issues of arrest and bonds, applying for U.S. Citizenship, special cases under the Violence Against Women Act, U-Visas, and other immigration matters.  Our staff provides  direct legal repsresentaiton in these areas, as well as advocacy efforts and educational outreach to help serve low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.

In addition to the work of our staff attorneys, ILCM has a Pro Bono Project, through which volunteers assist clients with various immigration cases. ILCM provides pre-screened cases, comprehensive training, ongoing mentorship, and administrative support where needed for volunteers. No previous exerience wth immigration law is needed and foreign language proficiency is not required for volunteers. Currently ILCM has several pro bono project, including: The Naturalization Project (Naturaliation Applications), the Citizenship for Children Project (Derivation of Citizenship Applications), the Crime Victim Relief Project (U Visa and U Visa Adjustment Applications), and the DREAMer Proejct (DACA and DACA Renewal Applications).  The ILCM Pro Bono Project also adds new programming to address emergency needs in the community and new remedies  that are announced by U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services.

  • 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: Immigration & Naturalization
  • Populations Served: Immigrants, Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors
  • Need for non-English services: Hmong, Somali, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Other Case Load Requirements: We ask that pro bono lawyers take 2 cases per year
  • 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), Legislative or policy advocacy, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: Class actions, Litigation: Impact, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials, Translate legal documents
  • Other Project Types: i. Immigration Naturalization cases, and Immigration U-visa cases
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Conduct Research, Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Mentor Volunteer Lawyers, Realizar investigación, Redactar borrador o traducir documento legal, Servir de mentor(a) de abogado(a) voluntario(a)
  • Other Long Distance Opportunities: Can mentor volunteer lawyers if they are immigration attorneys who have completed our U-visa mentorship training.
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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Volunteer Profile

Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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