Legal Assistance of Dakota County

Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd. utilizes staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys to provide free high-quality civil legal services to individuals with very low household incomes who either reside in Dakota County or who have a case venued in Dakota County. Family law is the primary area of representation, but representation is also provided in other areas of non-fee generating civil legal services including consumer law, orders for protection, conciliation court, and housing law. Volunteer opportunities for attorneys include (1) taking cases for full representation; (2) providing legal information and advice at family law clinics; (3) providing legal information and advice at consumer law clinics; (4) providing legal information and advice on various topics as part of our community legal education series. All cases placed for full representation are screened for financial eligibility and merit. Volunteer attorneys receive malpractice coverage, access to free CLEs, ongoing support and mentoring, and a free listing in the Dakota County Bar Association referral service.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Dakota
  • Area of law: Consumer, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Domestic Violence, Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, and Other Non-Fee-Generating Civil Areas
  • Populations Served: Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, General Public, Immigrants, Low Income, Military/Veterans, Native Americans, State Residents, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • 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
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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