Pro Bono services are defined as:

 

"Pro Bono Publico"  means providing or assisting to provide quality legal services in order to enhance access to justice for persons of limited means; charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the legal needs of persons with limited means; or individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights.

 

Community Service is defined as:

 Community Service” is defined as volunteer activities that would not meet the definition of pro bono, as adopted by the delegates in Resolution 99F-4 and is further defined as unpaid services that are volunteered by individuals to benefit an organization, community, or its institutions that are provided through the direction of a non-profit organization as defined under the Internal Revenue Code.  The definition focuses on volunteer services that improve the quality of life for community residents, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. 

 

 

New Pro Bono Opportunity!:

Pro Bono Opportunity with the Tenth Judicial District 

The Tenth Judicial District seeks a Paralegal Volunteer (Litigant Services/Self-Help Center).

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
This position is being posted for internal and external application simultaneously and will remain open until filled.

LOCATION:
Volunteer hours may be completed at any of the eight Self-Help Center locations throughout the Tenth Judicial District, depending on the volunteer's location preference and staff availability. The Tenth Judicial District serves eight counties: Anoka, Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright. There is a Self-Help Center in each of the eight county's courthouse.

DESCRIPTION:
The Paralegal Volunteer will assist Self-Help Center staff and work with self-represented litigants in the District's Self-Help Center.

Check out this volunteer position with Sensible Minnesota

Organization: Sensible Minnesota
Volunteer Position: Government Data Practices Expert  

Description: Sensible Minnesota is looking for volunteers with a legal background to review documents acquired through the Minnesota's Government Data Practices Act and Freedom of Information Act. This position is best suited for someone who is interested in or has experience in reading and summarizing government or legal documents, which may include correspondence, PowerPoint presentations, administrative findings, and other intergovernmental records. The volunteer will also identify areas where further inquiry is needed and perform additional requests for governmental records.

Sensible Minnesota is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation seeking 501c3 status. It's mission is to educate the public on the uses, benefits, and relative safety of cannabis; to support persons harmed by prohibition; and to research, monitor, and publish cannabis data.

Contact: Brandan Borgos: brandan@sensible.mn


Ongoing Pro Bono Opportunities:

Wills For Heroes 

http://www2.mnbar.org/willsforheroes/index.asp

This project is designed to provide free legal services to prepare estate planning documents for Minnesota first responders (police officers, firefighters, paramedics, etc.).

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 Volunteer Lawyers Network 

VLN is a volunteer based nonprofit providing free civil legal services to low income persons with legal clinics focusing on Family Law, Housing and General Civil, Conciliation, and Immigration Law.

 
Ongoing Community Service Opportunities:

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

LegalCORPS Seeks Spanish Speaking Volunteers

LegalCORPS is a non-profit organization with a roster of 500 volunteer business law attorneys who help Minnesota’s low-income entrepreneurs get the legal advice they need for their businesses at no cost.  LegalCORPS and the Latino Economic Development Center have partnered on a monthly business legal advice clinic  which is held every 3rd Tuesday of the month for 2 hours in the evening at the East Side Enterprise Center in St. Paul. They are searching for Spanish speakers, both attorneys and interpreters for English speaking attorneys to volunteer at the clinic. Bilingual, Spanish-speaking paralegals would be ideal for this position given their knowledge of the legal field and their ability to translate legal language from English to Spanish.

If interested, please contact LegalCORPS’ Entrepreneurs of Color Program Development Coordinator, Louis Enriquez-Sarano at lsarano@legalcorps.org or 612.278.6347.
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The MN Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board invites members of the Minnesota Paralegal Association to serve on local District Ethics Committees. These Committees are charged with investigating complaints of lawyer alleged unprofessional conduct and submitting reports and recommendations about those complaints.  This is a great opportunity to contribute to your community, to help safeguard high ethical standards for Minnesota attorneys, and to help ensure the integrity of the judicial system.

Candidates should have an interest in justice, the law, and/or legal procedures. Candidates do not need to be lawyers or to work in the legal profession to qualify –  members of the Minnesota Paralegal Association, including students, are strongly encouraged to apply.  Candidates must also be comfortable investigating claims thoroughly and impartially (which will include interviewing people by phone and in person), be able to adhere to strict confidentiality rules, be comfortable working under deadlines, and be able to write clearly and concisely. Training and support are provided.

District Ethics Committee volunteers are appointed to a three-year term and can expect to investigate one to two complaints a year.  The time commitment is flexible and varies.

There are 21 District Ethics Committees throughout Minnesota. Candidates will be appointed by the District Bar Association in their area.

If you are interested, please submit your resume to the Volunteer Coordinator

 

Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
1500 Landmark Towers
345 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
tel. 651-296-3952/email: DECCoordinator@courts.state.mn.us

 

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Feed My Starving Children 

www.fmsc.org

This organization provides hand packed meals designed specifically for starving children.  These meals are shipped to more than 60 countries around the world.  Volunteer locations are in Coon Rapids, Chanhassen and Eagan.

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NFPA Military Paralegal Outreach Program 

http://www.paralegals.org/

The MPA has embraced participation in this program, along with the NFPA, providing support and comfort through care packages to our military paralegal counterparts serving overseas.  These care packages include personal hygiene products, food, snacks, puzzles, books, magazines and games, and are sent periodically throughout the year.


UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES:

 Pro Bono Opportunity with Dodge County Concerned Citizens a Citizens nonprofit group located in southeastern Minnesota.

Dodge County Concerned Citizens is a group of individuals who are concerned with the proliferation of new or expanded feedlots and want to maintain the quality of life, preserve prime farmland, maintain property values, preserve local control, protect streams and rivers, protect groundwater and the environment.  To learn more about them please visit their website at www.dodgecc.org.

The group is currently looking for paralegals to conduct and compile research information as well as a paralegal who has the ability to create and update social media pages.  There will be more opportunities with this group in the near future as well.  If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity please email Nicole DeJarlais at probono@mnparalegals.org

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MN Judicial Branch Seeks Volunteers for the 19th District Ethics Committee

The State of Minnesota Judicial Branch, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, is looking for attorneys and NON-ATTORNEYS to volunteer to investigate local complaints of attorney misconduct. Training and support are provided. This is a great opportunity to safeguard high ethical standards for Minnesota’s attorneys and ensure responsible treatment of clients while building your resume and serving your community.

District Ethics Committee volunteers are appointed to a three-year term and investigate about one complaint a year. The time commitment is flexible and varies widely, but on average an investigation takes about 10 hours to complete.

Candidates must have an interest in justice, the law, or legal procedures. They must also be comfortable interviewing people by phone and/or in person, able to adhere to strict confidentiality rules, able to write clearly and concisely, and have strong analytical skills. The 19th District is comprised of Pine, Kanabec, Chisago and Washington Counties.

If interested, submit your resume or C.V. to the 19th District Ethics Committee Chairperson, Beth Beaman BAbeama@co.chisago.mn.us.

 “It is of primary importance to the public and to the members of the Bar that cases of lawyers’ alleged disability or unprofessional conduct be promptly investigated and disposed of with fairness and justice, having in mind the public, the lawyer complained of and the profession as a whole, and that disability or disciplinary proceedings be commenced in those cases where investigation discloses they are warranted.”      

              –Rule 2, Minnesota Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility

 

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 Fourth District Ethics Committee

The Fourth District Ethics Committee is actively recruiting non-attorney volunteer investigators.  The purpose of the 4th DEC is to investigate ethics complaints against attorneys who have their primary practice in Hennepin County.  The 4th DEC meets on alternating Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m., and meetings typically run anywhere from 1 – 2 hours.  You are not expected to attend every meeting; however, you are welcome to attend as many meetings as you’d like.  Investigators receive approximately 2 – 3 investigations per year.  You are required to attend meetings in person when you have an investigation due (all investigations are due 90 days after their assignment).  The Committee hears investigators’ reports, discusses them and recommends to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) whether or not discipline is warranted.  Volunteer investigators may serve two consecutive three-year terms, take one year off, and serve an additional two consecutive three-year terms.  We ask that people commit to at least one year on the Committee.  New investigators must attend a training session (held at the Hennepin County Bar Association, approximately 2.5 hours long) before receiving their first investigation.  The next training session will take place in early spring (late March/beginning of April).  Please send your resume and completed application to Julia Peacock, 4th DEC Coordinator, Hennepin County Bar Association, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390, Minneapolis, MN 55402.  If you’d prefer, you may also print out the application, complete and sign it and send a scanned copy (plus your resume) to julia@hcba.org.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julia at 612-752-6620.

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Hennepin County Family Court Services (FCS)

Volunteer with the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Current openings: Counselor Aide to assist Family Court Services staff with a variety of functions, such as, responding to busy phone lines, assisting with in-person intakes, and navigating families through the court system adding a touch of care and empathy to the complexities of the divorce and custody process.  Wednesday, Thursday (full day or half a day 8:30-4:30) and Friday mornings at the Justice Center, 110 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis MN 55401.  Contact: Tatiana.Przytula@hennepin.us; 612-348-6893

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Ramsey County Guardian ad Litem Program


Ramsey County has training available to become a Guardian ad Litem.  For more information on training courses and the Ramsey County Program visit their website at Ramsey County Gaurdian ad Litem.

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Hennepin County Guardian ad Litem Program


Hennepin County has training available to become a Guardian ad Litem. For more information on training courses and the Hennepin County Program or visit their website at Hennepin County Guardian ad Litem.

 

GREATER MN UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES:

Become a Volunteer or Intern with WATCH.  Making the Criminal Justice System more effective and responsive in handling cases of violence against women and children.  Click here for more information.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ellen at ellen@watchmn.org.  This program monitors sex trafficking cases in Duluth, MN.  

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County: http://www.laocmn.com/volunteer/

Here is the link for the volunteer Sexual Assault Crisis Advocate program for Dodge, Fillmore, and Olmsted Counties:  http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/cs/victimservices/Pages/SexualAssaultVolunteers.aspx

 

Interested in reading about wrongful convictions?  The Innocence Project of Minnesota is planning to feature books about wrongful convictions on its website, along with specifics and answers to book review questions you will provide, such as surprising facts or whether the book changed your opinion.  Interested MPA members are invited to select a book on the topic and indicate your interest by e-mail to:  eapplebaum@ipmn.org.  Ericka Applebaum is the Executive Director of Innocence Project of Minnesota.  Books may be borrowed from the Innocence Project library, or you may refer to http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Reading_List_Books_on_the_Subject_of_Wrongful_Conviction.php for a suggested reading list on the topic.

Now, more than ever, we are needed!

Stay tuned for other upcoming events!

Pro Bono and Community Service Chair

 
 
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