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   Anishinabe Legal Services Inc.
411 First Street N.W., P.O. Box 157, Cass Lake, MN 56633-0157,(800) 422-1335
   Bankruptcy Advice Clinic established in Minneapolis and St. Paul (U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota)
   Cancer Legal Line
"Cancer Legal Line's mission is to alleviate the non-medical stressors faced by cancer patients and their loved ones by educating and providing them with cancer related legal information, resources and referrals."

"The information provided is focused on the resources and law in Minnesota." The organization makes referrals to attorneys in Minnesota.

June 30, 2011 update: "Cancer Legal Line is now able to provide free legal services in the area of Estate Planning to income eligible breast cancer patients and survivors in Minnesota. Our staff attorneys will meet with eligible clients to prepare wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives."

May 1, 2012 update: Cancer Legal Line, 366 Jackson Street, Suite 400 St. Paul, MN 55101. Tel: 651-472-5599.

   Central Minnesota Legal Services Inc.
"Provides civil legal assistance to eligible clients within a twenty-county service area. Officers are located in Downtown Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Willmar. Clients receive legal services at no cost, unless there are court fees that cannot be waived.

Assistance is provided in areas of family law, housing, government benefits and consumer law and employment law."

430 First Ave. North Suite 359, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780, (612) 334-5970

   Chrysalis (Chrysalis, A Center for Women)
Legal information sessions and LAW clinics.
   East Central Legal Services (Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance)
   Home Line
Tenant advocacy. Legal advice and referrals hotline.

"HOME Line's tenant hotline serves tenants throughout Minnesota for free except for renters who live in the city of Minneapolis (unless you're affected by a landlord foreclosure[.]"

Also provides reduced fee legal service attorneys for Minneapolis tenants, speakers, form letters, reports, a training manual in landlord law for the police, with an online appendix of additional cases, statures, rules, ordinances and articles, one court form, the book How to be the Smartest Renter on Your Block, A Minnesota Tenant's Guide for purchase, and additional information and links.

   Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Non-profit law firm that handles immigration law cases for low-income Minnesotans of all nationalities. Founded 1996. Provides services to nearly one thousand clients per year. The site is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

Client telephone line: 1-800-223-1368.

Office tel: 651-291-0110.

Main Office:
450 North Syndicate Street, Suite 175, St. Paul, MN 55104.

At Neighborhood House: 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul, MN 55107.

In Worthington: 1206 Oxford Street, Worthington, MN 56187.

   Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center
"A non-profit, legal services organization that provides legal representation to parents, family members, Indian custodians and children, who are involved in legal matters governed by the ICWA. We are committed to providing culturally appropriate quality legal services to Indian families."

Suite 104, 1730 Clifton Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Tel: 612-879-9165 or toll-free: 1-866-879-0123.

   Innocence Project of Minnesota
"Provides investigative and legal assistance to inmates with provable claims that they are actually innocent of the crimes they are imprisoned for.... also works to raise public awareness about the prevalence and causes of wrongful conviction as well as promotes substantive legal reforms to prevent future wrongful convictions."

1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.

   Judicare of Anoka County, Inc. (Judicare of Anoka County, Inc. )
1201 89th Ave. N.E. Suite 310, Blaine, MN 55434, (763) 783-4970
   La Red de Abogados Voluntarios
   Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
"The law offices of Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (LASNEM) provide free legal advice and representation to low income people who live in Northeastern Minnesota. Our goal is to provide representation and legal services to as many clients as possible consistent with the most important needs of our clients. ... [W]e do not charge for our services."

302 Ordean Building, 424 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802, (800) 622-7266.

1342 Highway 210 West, Baxter, Minnesota 56425, (800)-933-1112.

Central Square Mall, 201 Northwest 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, (800) 708-6695.

235 Main Street South, Pine City, Minnesota 55063. (800) 382-7166).

Olcott Plaza, Suite 150, 820 N. 9th Street, Virginia, Minnesota 55792. (800) 886-3270).

   Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis (Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance)
   Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd.
Provides civil legal services, almost exclusively in family law, to low income residents of Dakota County. Administers the only pro bono program in Dakota County placing all civil cases in all areas of civil legal services. Partners with other organizations to coordinate the Dakota County Family Law Self Help Center.

14800 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 103, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Tel: 952-431-3200.

   Legal Assistance of Washington County, Inc.
An independent non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by the Washington County Bar Association. Provides free legal representation and advice to law-income Washington County residents and families in non-criminal cases. LAWC represents parents in divorce, custody, visitation, parenting time, child support, paternity, wills, landlord/tenant disputes and consumer problems.

275 South Third Street Suite 103, Stillwater, MN 55082. Tel: 651- 351-7172.

   Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Corporation
"Legal representation and community legal education to low-income and elderly persons in 22 northwestern Minnesota counties, using three staffed law offices and 230 private Judicare attorneys. Representation focuses on priority cases, generally those most critical to life, health, safety, shelter, and basic subsistence income."

See their website for "free legal advice online."

1015 7th Ave. N., P.O. Box 838, Moorhead, MN 56561-0838, (800) 450-8585. Additional offices in Alexandria and Bemidji.

"Provid[es] free legal assistance in transactional matters to low-income entrepreneurs and innovators and small nonprofits in Minnesota ... exclusively through the services of volunteer business lawyers."

Since 2004.

   LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program (LegalCorps)
"The first program in the United States to provide free legal representation to low-income inventors seeking to patent their innovations with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)." Sine 2011.

Co-founded by LegalCORPS, Patterson Thuente, Lindquist & Vennum and Myer & Njus.

   Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
"Mid-MN Legal Aid serves Minnesotans in the 20 counties of central Minnesota, including Hennepin, from offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Willmar. We serve seniors in the additional counties of Anoka, Cass, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Pine and Wadena counties. And we offer statewide services to people with disabilities on issues associated with disabilities."
   Minnesota Civil Legal Services Directory (Minnesota Legal Services Coalition)
Lists Minnesota Legal Services Coalition programs, the counties they serve, the office locations of the various programs, and "related" offices. While the document does not define "related", our interpretation is that the related offices are also sources of legal representation, law-related advocacy, battered women's shelters, or funding or information sources for legal aid programs. The listings include full program or office address, telephone number, fax number, and sometimes an e-mail or web address.
   Minnesota Disability Law Center (Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance)
Statewide project "provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues that are related to their disabilities."
   Minnesota Elder Justice Center
"The mission of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center is to mobilize communities to prevent and alleviate abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of older and vulnerable adults. (651) 440-9305. 1265 Grey Fox Road, Suite 2, Arden Hills, MN 55112."
   Minnesota Family Farm Law Project
"Provides free or low cost legal assistance to financially distressed farmers in Minnesota."
   Minnesota Justice Foundation
   Minnesota Legal Advice Online (Minnesota Legal Services Coalition)
"[A]llows eligible users to post a legal question to a private messaging system. The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys."

From the first screen on the new user sign up system: "We will ask questions to make sure:

  • You have a low income
  • Your legal issue isn't one you could go to jail for
  • You don't already have a lawyer helping you with this problem
You can only use this website if all of these things above are true."

   Minnesota Legal Aid Offices by County (LawHelpMN.org)
   Minnesota Legal Services Advocacy Project (Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance)
"LSAP was created more than 20 years ago to represent the interests of low-income Minnesotans before legislative and administrative bodies." LSAP does not provide direct legal services to clients."

"LSAP does not provided direct legal services to clients."

   Minnesota Legal Services Coalition
The Coalition is an association of regional legal services programs that help low-income people with a broad range of civil legal matters.
   Minnesota State Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Pro Bono Project (Minnesota State Bar Association)
"This website was established as part of the Bankruptcy Section's efforts to improve the delivery of legal services to the disadvantaged. It is our hope that this site will provide valuable information and assistance to attorneys doing pro bono bankruptcy work.

The American College of Bankruptcy provided a grant to help fund this project."

Includes resources for student loans, credit card debts, debtor couseling, and the Bankrupty Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act of 2005. Includes forms and sample documents, articles, outlines, and chcklists, and case law summaries.

   Minnesota's Public Defender System by Prius, Rebecca (August 1, 2007) (Minnesota House Research Department)
Questions answered include: Who is entitled to ta public defender? Are juveniles entitled to a public defender? Who is considered "financially unable" to obtain counsel? How to do-pays work? Does the defendant ever have to reimburse the state beyond co-pays? What is the governance structure of the Minnesota public defender system? What are the duties of the Board of Public Defense? What are the duties of the State Public Defender? What are the duties of the Chief Administrator for the Board of Public Defense? What are the duties of the Chief Public Defenders? 2 pages.
   Mitchell Hamline School of Law Clinical Program / Listng of Legal Clinics ( Mitchell Hamline School of Law)
Legal clinics as follows:
  • Business Law
  • Child Protection
  • Civil Advocacy
  • Community Development
  • Criminal Defense
  • Employment Discrimination Mediation Representation
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Indian Law: Impact Litigation
  • Indian Law: Tribal Code Drafting
  • Innocence
  • Intellectual Property
  • Law and Psychiatry
  • Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
  • Mediation
  • Reentry (for female ex-prisoners)
  • State Public Defender Post-Conviction
(List current as of February 2017. Check for later additions or deletions.)
   Neighborhood Justice Center
   Pro Bono Legal Aid (Vietnam Center)
1159 University Avenue, St Paul MN 55104.
   Scott County Law Library (Scott County, Minnesota)
Scott County Government Center, 200 Fourth Avenue West, Shakopee, MN 55379-1220. Telephone: 952-496-8713.

The Library hosts a monthly free lawyer-staffed family law clinic and, as of May, 2011, a free lawyer-staffed clinic for people considering bankruptcy. (See Star Tribune article with details.)

The library catalog can be searched online. (Sorry we can't link you to it directly, but you have to go through the main law library page to get to it.)

   Somali-American Legal Institute
We have been unable to locate a web site for this organization. Contact this organization by E-mail.
   Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Inc. - Winona Office (Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Inc.)
   Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program (Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services)
   Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.
700 Minnesota Building, 46 East Fourth Street, St. Paul, MN 55101-1112, (651) 228-9823.
   St. Cloud Area Legal Services (Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance)
   St. Croix Legal Services
"We are currently in the process of incorporating as a non-profit, with the goal of providing pro bono and "low bono" legal services at a fraction of the cost of most firms." Note: This to be a nonprofit firm advertises it will provide some free legal services and others at low, below "market" rates. Lists a menu of civil legal services , expungements, and DWIs for individuals.

522 Fourth Street South, Stillwater, MN 55082. Ph. 651-323-2651.

   Standpoint formerly known as Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project (Standpoint)
"Our experienced lawyers and advocates answer the Action Line (Toll Free: 800-313-2666, Local: 612-343-9842) Monday through Friday during business hours.

We provide Minnesota survivors and their professionals with support, training, advocacy, and legal advice.

This service is freee of charge, regardless of income."

2324 University Ave W, Suite 103, St. Paul, MN 55114. Action Line Toll Free: 800.313.2666 - Local: 612-343-9842 - Text Line: 612.743.7397 - Email: info@standpointmn.org.

   Tubman Legal Services (Tubman)
"Tubman addresses a variety of domestic abuse and family law issues in Hennepin, Washington and Ramsey counties."
   Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid (Christian Legal Society of Minnesota)
"Seeks to serve the poor, disabled and homeless by offering legal advice, limited assistance and spiritual counsel as well as referrals to Christian and other agencies[.]"
   Unemployment Appeal Brief Advice Clinic for Self-Represented Persons (Minnesota State Law Library)
From the brochure:
"This brief advice clinic is for people who have been denied unemployment benefits and have exhausted their appeal options with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This means you have already had a hearing with the Unemployment Law Judge and have also requested a reconsideration and it has been denied.

Before you file an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, you can attend the clinic and get advice about how to proceed."

A joint initiative of the Minnesota State Law Library and the Minnesota State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section.

   University of Minnesota Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic (Bankruptcy Pro Bono)
"Students at the University of Minnesota Law School provide pro bono services to individuals in serious financial difficulty contemplating filing for bankruptcy and to individuals otherwise involved in a bankruptcy case."
   University of Minnesota Law School Cliniics (University of Minnesota Law School)
Clinics (as listed in February 2017):
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Child Advocacy & Juvenile Justice
  • Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights Enforcement
  • Community Mediation
  • Community Legal Partnership for Health
  • Consumer Protection
  • Criminal Justice
  • Detainee Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Defense
  • Federal Immigration Litigation
  • Housing Law
  • Human Rights Litigation & International Legal Advocacy
  • Immigration & Human Rights Law
  • Indian Child Welfare
  • Innocence Project
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Misdemeanor Prosecution
  • Federal Income Tax
   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."

   University of St. Thomas Legal Clinics (University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services)
Includes federal appellate clinic, immigration appellate clinic, bankruptcy litigation clinic, community justice project, consumer bankruptcy clinic, elder law practice group, federal communications clinic, immigration law practice group, nonprofit organizations cliinic, and religious liberty appellate clinic. (As of February 2017).
   Volunteer Lawyers Network
Volunteer Lawyers Network "has expanded beyond its original core of legal advice clinics to provide legal services through a variety of programs, including telephone advice panels, outreach programs at homeless shelters, schools and community centers, statewide programs such as the bankruptcy screening and federal pro se projects, and Legal Access Point- a joint effort with the Hennepin County Bar Association and the District Court to provide legal assistance to pro se clients at the court."
   Washington County Legal Advice Clinic (Washington County Law Library)
   We Are Legal Aid (MSBA's Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee)
Information from and about the Minnesota legal aid community.
   Western Minnesota Legal Services (Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance)
   Directory of Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs (American Bar Association)
   Handbook of the Streets - Minneapolis 19th ed. (2018-2019) by St. Stephen's Human Services (January 1, 2018) (St. Stephen's Human Services)
"A Resource Guide for People in Need." Includes legal services, along with food, shelter, public assistance, health care, education, employment, services for immigrants, and more.

103 pages.

   Handbook of the Streets - Saint Paul 15th ed. (2019 - 2020) by St. Stephen's Human Services (January 1, 2019) (St. Stephen's Human Services)
"A Resource Guide for People in Need."

Includes legal services, along with food, shelter, public assistance, health care, education, employment, services for immigrants, and more.

68 pages.

   Housing Justice Center
"Nonprofit public interest advocacy and legal organization whose primary mission is to preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income individuals and families."

"HJC represents clients and supports the advocacy efforts of community based organizations free of charge."

   Legal Services Corporation Programs Map (Legal Services Corporation)
Select any state from the map to receive information about programs funded by the Legal Services Corporation.
   The Advocates for Human Rights
"Provides investigative fact finding, direct legal representation, collaboration for education and training, and a broad distribution of publications."

Visit their Legal services page for information about service to Asylum Seekers, Detained Immigrants, and Walk-in Legal Clinics).

Formerly known as Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

   Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project
"Provide[s] free legal counseling services to individuals in the five-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota."
   Volunteer Attorney Program, Duluth, Minnesota (Volunteer Attorney Program)

"We provide free legal services for eligible clients in the following counties:

St. Louis - North and South, Lake Cook, Itasca, Carlton, Pine, Kanabec, Aitkin, Cass and Crow Wing
The Volunteer Attorney Program cannot accept any fee generating cases or criminal matters."

Provides mediation through Northland Mediation Service as well as the Pro Se Attorney Assisted Divorce Clinic, the Kids Law Projects, and Kids First, a parental education seminar.

"The majority of our caseload is family law (divorce, custody, visitation, adjudication) and bankruptcy."

See also:
  • Minnesota Government Lawyers
  • Minnesota Pro Bono Resource Center
  • Minnesota Public Defenders
  • Minnesota Law Firms
  • Poverty Law
  • Pro Bono & Pro Se
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