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  • In Forma Pauperis


  • Resources in this category:
       In the Matter of the Petition of the Board of Public Defense and the State Public Defender for An Emergency Order Addressing the Crisis in Public Defense (Minnesota Board of Public Defense and State Public Defender)
    "The Board of Public Defense and the State Public Defender petition this Court for an exercise of its supervisory authority over the judicial system to help address an unprecedented crisis in the provision of public defense services."
       Institute on Race and Poverty (University of Minnesota Institute on Race & Poverty)
       LawHelpMN.Org (Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, and others)
    "Basic legal information for low-income Minnesotans with civil legal needs, including fact sheets on various legal issues, and contact information for free and low-cost legal assistance."

    Some information is available in each of the following languages: Arabic, Amharic, Armenian, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, Espa￱ol, Farsi, Fran￧ais, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Oromo, PCAA:89, Polish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Soomaali, Tagalog, and Ti﾿ng Viᅦt.

       Legal Services Planning Commission (Minnesota State Bar Association)
    "The Mission of the Supreme Court-appointed Minnesota Legal Services Planning Commission is to make recommendations for comprehensive, integrated, state-wide delivery of civil legal services to eligible clients in a manner that builds on existing strengths; addresses critical legal needs and promotes equal access to justice, innovation, and effective and economical delivery of high quality and respectful legal services; fully engages existing programs including pro bono services; identifies strategies for resource and program development to provide these legal services; and meets the reconfiguration criteria of the Legal Services Corporation."
       Poverty Law Course Materials by McDonough, Lawrence R. (Lawrence R. McDonough and Monica Bogucki, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis)
    Information published for students of Poverty Law courses at the University of Minnesota Law School and University of St. Thomas School of Law. You will find information about Tenants Rights in Minnesota, Residential Unlawful Detainer and Eviction Defense, Predatory Lending, Fair Housing, Minnesota Residential Tenant Remedies, Medical Assistance, Wait a Minute: Slowing Down Minnesota Criminal Activity Eviction Cases to Find the Truth, CHIPS Manual, What Can Attorneys Do about Homelessness?, and Disability Law.

    The Residential Unlawful Detainer and Eviction Defense manual in particular bears comment because we've heard at various times how good this resource is. Forms and cases included.

       University of Minnesota Law School Housing Clinic
    Supervised law students represent tenants "facing eviction, housing repair problems, privacy violations, utility shutoff and lockouts in Hennepin County Housing Court."

    "The Clinic does not do its own intake. The Clinic takes its cases on referral from the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis."

       Civil Legal Aid in the United States: An Overview of the Program and Developments in 2005 by Houseman, Alan W. (July 1, 2005) (Center for Law and Social Policy)
    "This paper provides an overview of the current U.S. civil legal aid system; a brief history of legal aid in the United States; the future of the legal aid system, including the evolution of state justice communities, the increased use of the Internet and hotlines in service delivery, and pro se developments; future funding sources; efforts to improve service quality; and other developments affecting civil legal aid." (Summary from earlier 2003 paper; summary not revised to reflect changes in July 2005 version).

    33 pages.

       Documenting the Justice Gap in America - The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans (September 1, 2005) (Legal Services Corporation)
    "Much has changed in the delivery of legal services in the past decade. State bars and state courts have become increasingly involved in supporting civil legal assistance. Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) has expanded and survived constitutional challenges. Non-LSC funded providers have come into existence. Documentation of the level of non-federal funding has increased. These changes suggest that it is time for a new effort to assess how we as a nation are faring in our efforts to provide necessary access to civil legal assistance, what it would take to achieve that goal, and the role of federal funding."

    ...

    The enormity of the justice gap documented in this report means that eliminating the gap will require a sustained, long-term effort involving a partnership of federal and state governments, the private bar, and concerned public and private parties. A key first step is to quantify what it would take to provide necessary access to civil legal assistance.

    35pages.

       E-Library (National Legal Aid & Defender Association)
    "Information clearinghouse for civil and defender members of the equal justice community. ... will ... contain documents relating to the work of civil and defender advocates, including ... information about organizational, management and delivery issues, .... substantive law ... technology, training and conferences, government relations, communications, etc."
       Legal Services Corporation
    "America's Partner for Equal Justice." One might ask, though, why does a government-created corporation, especially one focused on assisting poor people, need a marketing tag line?
       Legal Services Corporation Laws and Regulations (Legal Services Corporation)
    Includes the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Act, LSC bylaws, regulations, appropriation acts, property acquisition & management Manual, and Office of Legal Affairs External Opinions
       Legal Services Corporation Regulations, 45 CFR Part 1600-1644 (Legal Services Corporation)
       Sargeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
       Securing Equal Justice for All: A Brief History of Civil Legal Assistance in the United States by Houseman, Alan W. & Perle, Linda E. (January 31, 2007) (Center for Law and Social Policy)
    Introduction. Early Years of Legal Aid: 1876-1965. The OEO Era. Legal Services Corporation. The Struggle for Survival. Some Thoughts About the Future. Conclusion. References. 71 pages.

    See also:
  • Minnesota Legal Aid & Pro Bono Lawyers
  • Minnesota Pro Bono Resource Center
  • Community Resources
  • Government Benefits Law
  • Pro Bono & Pro Se
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