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Southern MN Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) Volunteer Attorney Program / Greater Minnesota

  • Location:
    12 Civic Center Plaza, #3000
    Mankato, MN 56002
  • Phone: 888/575-2954 800/247-2299
  • Fax: 507/387-2321
  • Website:

SMRLS in Greater Minnesota serves counties across the southern part of the state. Volunteer attorneys provide pro bono services to low-income individuals on civil matters mainly in the areas of family law, adoption, landlord-tenant issues, guardian/conservatorship, unemployment appeal matters, DHS disqualifications, bankruptcies, contract for deed problems, disability law, and wills. 

Volunteer attorneys can take on full representation cases, conduct community education seminars, and assist at Self-Help Divorce Clinics. Law student volunteers are accepted. Attorneys who speak Spanish, Somali, and Southeastern Asian languages are especially needed. 

You can contact SMRLS in Mankato or Winona


  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Disaster and Emergency Assistance, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits, Taxes, Veterans
  • Populations Served: Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Farm workers, General Public, Human Trafficking Survivors, Immigrants, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Military/Veterans, Native Americans, Persons with Disabilities, State Residents, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law Students, Lawyers, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Hmong, Laotian, Signers for the deaf: ASL, Somali, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Arranged
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: CLE credit is usually available for training.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Hotline staffing, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students
  • Other Long Distance Opportunities: Brief advice letters
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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Volunteer Profile

Kate Powers is an associate in the litigation department at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as a Notes Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. She currently volunteers with Her Justice in New York. Read More

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