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Q: I'm ready to volunteer! Where do I start?
Here are a few ways to get started:
Search the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide for organizations that have available pro bono projects;
Visit Lawyers Step Up MN to take a short quiz and find opportunities to help with family, consumer, or housing cases in Minnesota State Court.
Learn how to volunteer online through Minnesota Legal Advice Online; and
View the Calendar to see upcoming poverty law CLEs and events. Many organizations provide free training for their volunteers.
Q: Can I get CLE Credit for my pro bono service?
A: Yes! You may claim 1 hour of standard CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono legal representation. Find out more information on the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education website.
Q: Do you have any advice on how to give effective brief advice at legal clinics?
Q: Are there any resources to help me better understand and serve clients living in poverty?
Lindquist & Vennum LLP and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation, in cooperation Volunteer Lawyers Network and Target Corporation created a training program by one of the leading experts on poverty issues in the United States, Dr. Donna Beegle of Communication Across Barriers. You can stream all or part of the 5-module Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Project.
Q: How can I become recognized as a North Star Lawyer?
A: Thank you for your pro bono service! To find out how to be recognized as a North Star Lawyer, visit the MSBA North Star Lawyer page.
Q: Where can I find more pro bono information?
A: The American bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service website includes information on:
- standards for programs providing civil pro bono legal services;
- email discussion lists focused on pro bono issues;
- a clearinghouse library for pro bono; and
- sample pro bono policies for law firms.