Paralegal Helps Truck Driver Obtain Insurance to Save His Eyesight - A client came to the legal aid office because he was losing his vision in both eyes, and as a result had lost his job as an over-the-road truck driver.  Trucking was all he knew; he did not have a high school degree and did not know what he was…

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Minnesota’s First Legal Incubator is Open for Business - CCLI (Collaborative Community Law Initiative) is a nonprofit small-law-firm incubator in Saint Paul, Minnesota and they are now accepting clients. They teach recent graduates of Mitchell Hamline School of Law to build sustainable, independent small-firm practices that serve the needs of low- and moderate-income Minnesotans. CCLI’s mission is to increase…

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A Great Return on Investment: The Economic Impact of Legal Aid in Minnesota - Read the newly published report showing the great return on investment that is legal aid in Minnesota.

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Volunteer Lawyers Network 50th Anniversary Video Showcases Successful Housing Repair Pro Bono Case - A pro bono attorney helps his client fight an eviction and obtain necessary repairs for her apartment so that she and her children can live in a safe environment.  

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Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Helps Senior Client Keep Assisted Living Housing - A 75-year old assisted living resident was admitted to the hospital for a few days due to an injury.   When she healed, the assisted living facility refused to allow her to return, despite the doctor’s orders saying she needed to. The client had hypertension, chronic atrial fibrillation, COPD, and chronic congestive…

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Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid helps single mom get critical repairs in her family’s apartment - Heidi and her young daughter thought they’d found the right apartment for their needs. Once they moved in, however, they discovered patches of black mold in places in the closet and behind furniture. The appliances didn’t work and water came through the kitchen ceiling light. Despite the space needing these…

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Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Releases 20th Anniversary Video - ILCM teamed up with documentary producer Matt Ehling from TwelvePlus Media to tell the story of ILCM’s impact on Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities. The documentary brings together the voices of many who have been a part of ILCM’s journey and growth over the years.  

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SMRLS Attorney Helps Client Stay Housed and Safe from Bedbugs - TK is a disabled man with significant mobility and cognitive impairments from an accident. He lives in public housing with assistive services. Last year the entire floor of his public housing hi-rise building needed to be treated for bedbugs. This required a lot of preparation. TK was unable to prepare…

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Let’s Celebrate a MN Legal Advice Online Early Adopter - Many people are surprised to learn that attorneys can now provide brief advice pro bono service online at any time of day or night. Minnesota Legal Advice Online (MLAO) makes pro bono work easier than ever. One of the program’s early adopters and consistent volunteers is Jennifer Roben, a family…

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Metro Volunteers Help Greater Minnesota Client Obtain Expungement - A client contacted Duluth-based Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) because they were unable to secure housing due to a four-year old misdemeanor offense on their criminal record. The client lived in the VAP service area but the case was venued in the metro. The client was disabled and had been denied public…

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Veteran Moorhead Paralegal Secures a Critical Child Disability Award for her Client - Emma is 7 years old and suffers from ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, making it hard for her to control her behavior and concentrate in school.  Her teachers, daycare providers, and family members have a difficult time working with and caring for Emma.  The child’s behavior has made employment difficult…

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National ProBono.net Features Local VLN Pro Bono Attorney James Mason - Content courtesy of Pro Bono Net James Mason is an associate attorney in Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Minneapolis office. He volunteers with Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) in its criminal expungement workshop. Last year, over 1,000 people came to VLN for help with criminal expungement, so there has been a high…

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MMLA Legal Assistant Helps Client Recover from Fraudulent Lawyer Costs - MMLA Legal Assistant Helps Client Recover from Fraudulent Lawyer Costs Sergio was in trouble on his mortgage and heard an ad for mortgage relief services on Spanish language radio.  He paid a California lawyer who promised to fix the foreclosure problem. The lawyer took thousands of dollars from Sergio and…

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See how pro bono is done via Northeast Minnesota’s Volunteer Attorney Program. - A couple needed to obtain guardianship for their 19-year old disabled autistic child because he had pressing medical issues and needed dental surgery.  The medical provider in Minnesota would not give the clients any information about the child because he was an adult, and they would not perform the surgery…

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Helping a Senior Fight an Unlawful Levy and Remain Housed - A local law firm filed a levy on a Latino senior’s bank account to collect a debt. The client’s only income came from Social Security. The client’s bank had violated federal law by freezing the account and charging the client a $100 service fee. Further harm was caused when the…

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Helping a Client Stand Up to a Fraudulent Landlord - A client suffered a heart attack and underwent bypass surgery and fell behind on her rent.   She appeared without an attorney at her eviction hearing for nonpayment of rent. She was ordered to pay and stay or vacate the premises. She redeemed her rent and stayed.  She had further issues…

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Moorhead Civil Legal Aid Attorney Helps Client Avoid Homelessness & Maintain Stable Housing - A 50-year old woman had just achieved stability and obtained permanent housing after years of chronic homelessness due to mental illness when she received a notice of overpayment of her Food Support and Medical Assistance benefits for over $12,000. The social service agency that alleged an overpayment claimed that she…

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N.E. MN Attorney Prevents Housing Eviction, Sets Crucial Housing Law Precedent - Attorney Gwen Updegraff recently won a victory in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, protecting her client’s housing and setting an important precedent for eviction proceedings throughout the state.  In the published decision Hinckley Square, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed the judgment evicting Ms. Updegraff’s client and held that limited…

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Central Minnesota Legal Services Attorney Helps Homeless, Disabled Veteran Eliminate Housing Barrier - A Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS) attorney assisted a client while at a Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V) clinic.  The client was homeless and living in a shelter.  The client was subject to an order from another state for child support.  His child support payments were over $200 a…

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