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Q: I'm ready to volunteer! Where do I start?
A: ProJusticeMN.org can kickstart your pro bono practice in a few different ways:
- Use the Case Placement Tool for a list of available pro bono cases (don't forget to sign up for case alerts!);
- Search the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide for organizations that have available pro bono projects;
- 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 MN CLE 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?
Yes! ProJusticeMN has two great resources for just this purpose:
- 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.
- The Volunteer Lawyers Network created a website devoted to helping volunteer attorneys gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing people in poverty. The website also provides concrete tips for volunteer lawyers who are working with clients living in poverty. View the Working with Pro Bono Clients Wiki.
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.