Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Minnesota Pro Bono Resource Center

  • Legal Ethics and Pro Bono

  • Resources in this category:
    3M and Smrls Relationship (
    Describes a joint venture between 3M and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) to provide pro bono services, raise funds for legal services, and promote law firm and other corporate support.
    Contact a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic in Minnesota (U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service)
    "If you are a low income taxpayer who cannot afford professional tax assistance during audits of your federal income tax return, you may qualify for help from Low Income Taxpayer Clinics or other organizations that provide free assistance in tax disputes."
    Minnesota Legal Articles About Pro Bono
    Articles drawn from the Minnesota Legal Periodical Index. The articles this link retrieves span the period 1993 - present. If you want articles in the 1984-1992 time period, please use the Minnesota Legal Periodical Index Articles Finder and specify any earlier time period you wish or use other limiting selection criteria, such as periodical or author name.
    Minnesota Multi-Profession Business Law Clinic Volunteer Form (University of Minnesota Law School, Kommerstad Center for Business Law and Entrepreneurship)
    The Clinic is seeking alumni who practice in transactional business law as volunteers to supervise law students in the clinic.

    According to "Business Law Clinic Forges New Path", an article appearing in the University of Minnesota Law School's Law Alumni News, Fall 2003, the goal of the Minnesota Multi-Profession Business Law Clinic is to provide transactional legal services to minority-owned businesses. Faegre & Benson has provided attorneys to supervise students and Lurie Beisikof Lapidus & Company provided supervising accountants. Clients come by referral from the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, a nonprofit assisting minority businesses.

    Minnesota Organizations Offering Pro Bono Services to Clients (William Mitchell College of Law)
    Pro Bono: It's Good and It's Good for You! (Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility)
    Article by Patrick R. Burns that originally appeared in Minnesota Lawyer, April 19, 1999: "Lawyers have a virtual monopoly on access to the legal system. Because of this, it has long been believed that there is a corresponding obligation of the profession to help the disadvantaged in need of legal services. ... " (Pro Bono Net. Inc.)
    "Minnesota's online poverty law resource for anyone advising low-income or disadvantaged clients."

    "Legal materials for attorneys serving low-income clients, including legal services and pro bono attorneys. Materials include pleadings, practice aids, links to statutes, etc., organized by topics common to low-income clients (such as housing, family law, SSI, etc.)." "

    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."

    Volunteer Lawyers Network Legal Advice Clinic Resource Handbook (Volunteer Lawyers Network)
    It was a mere 34 pages in 2005. This version is 93 pages.
    Working Effectively with Pro Bono Clients (Bench & Bar of Minnesota)
    "All lawyers must strive to understand their client, communicate clearly and effectively, and help their client succeed in the legal system. Pro bono lawyers representing people in chronic poverty often will find that the concrete steps to achieving these goals play out in unfamiliar ways."

    Collected tips from Minnesota lawyers on cultural and communications issues and explaining the legal system.

    Corporate Pro Bono "Best Practices" Resources (
    Handbook on American Law School Pro Bono Programs (Association of American Law Schools)
    180 pages.
    Help Close the Justice Gap, Unleash the Power of Pro Bono (Legal Services Corporation)
    5 pages.
    Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service)
    "Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) represent low income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in audit, appeals, and collection issues, and federal tax litigation for free or for a nominal charge."

    A list of such clinics is available in Publication 4134

    National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide (American Bar Association)

    See also:
  • Minnesota Legal Aid & Pro Bono Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Court Forms
  • Business and Non-Profit Corporations Forms & Documents
  • Consumer Complaint Forms & Documents
  • Consumer Law
  • Family Law Forms & Documents
  • Government Benefits Forms
  • Immigration Forms & Documents
  • Insurance Forms & Documents
  • Poverty Law
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