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Transmitting Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty

Tuesday February 28

  • By: Volunteer Lawyers Network LSC funded
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Hennepin County Bar Association
    600 Nicollet Avenue South
    Suite 390
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Contact:
    Barb Cruz
    Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Website:

We live in fast changing times. Many of the people we work with may feel uncertain or hopeless about what is going to happen in the future. As volunteers in a legal clinic setting, we do not have a lot of time to get to know a client, assess their case, and provide a meaningful legal service. How can we do this better, especially in times of added uncertainty and change? Presenters will speak to concerns both lawyers and non-lawyers have about providing brief and unbundled legal services in a legal clinic setting, such as:

  • Common concerns in the communities we work within and how to acknowledge them meaningfully.
  • Practical tips on how to transmit hope in the context of a brief legal advice session.
  • Potential ethical pitfalls faced by volunteers (both attorneys and non-attorneys) when providing services.

Featured Speakers:

  • Nicole J. Starr, Judge of District Court, Second Judicial District
  • Pat Burns, Deputy Director, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility


  • Mark Schneider, Executive Director, Barbara Schneider Foundation
  • Mohamud Moor, Interim Director, Confederation of Somali Communities
  • Colleen Beebe, Director and Resource Attorney, Immigrant Legal Services Program, VLN
  • Gina Mendez, Legal Clinic Coordinator, Waite House
  • CLE Credit Comments: 3.0 CLE credits will be applied for.
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