SMRLS News

While we believe all our work is noteworthy, a few things stand out that we’d like to share. Read on to stay informed about the many great things happening at SMRLS.

National Pro Bono Week 2016

October 11, 2016

In honor of National Pro Bono Week, the Minnesota State Bar Association is offering a CLE on the criminalization of poverty. Click to learn more, and to register today!

Early Learning Programs in Minnesota

September 13, 2016

Minnesota has several options for families focused on getting children ready for kindergarten and beyond, promoting school readiness. More than ever, low-income families have access to high quality learning programs for their children.

Cleaning an Eviction Off Your Record

September 6, 2016

SMRLS' housing unit shares information with renters on removing an eviction case from a tenant's record, also called an "expungement".

Restraining Orders in Minnesota

August 16, 2016

There are several types of restraining orders in Minnesota. Learn about two different types of restraining orders that you can use to stop someone from doing something, including violence, ending contact, and keeping someone away.

Breaking the Cycle Training: October 14, 2016

August 5, 2016

Join SMRLS, the Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA), the Southwest Crisis Center and the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence for a day-long training for law enforcement personnel, advocates, judicial system personnel, attorneys, and community partners.

SMRLS' New Healthcare-Legal Partnership

July 27, 2016

Free legal help is now available at the doctor’s office through Lawyers Advancing Wellness (LAW) at Open Door Health Center in Mankato. Healthcare staff and SMRLS attorneys work together to help ODHC patients. The attorneys tackle the legal issues causing or adding to poor health.

Legal Help for Farm Workers

July 7, 2016

If you are a farm worker with a legal issue, SMRLS may be able to help. To learn more, read the article here (Spanish translation available). This article was provided by SMRLS' Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Services (RIMS) Office.

Applying for Additional SNAP Benefits

May 9, 2016

SMRLS' Benefits Unit provides insight on how to apply for additional months of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) assistance for those who are able to work and do not live in a household with children.

Service and Companion Animals: Tenant Rights

April 7, 2016

SMRLS' Housing Unit answers Frequently Asked Questions regarding the rights of tenants and landlords alike who might be confused about – or even unaware of – their legal rights and obligations as it relates to persons with disabilities relying on an assistance animal for support.

MN Legal Services Coalition Video Release

April 6, 2016

As a member of the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, SMRLS is pleased to share the following video highlighting the importance of Legal Aid in helping empower our clients and their families.

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