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.

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.

SMRLS Featured in Pioneer Press

March 23, 2016

The Pioneer Press recently published an article featuring SMRLS housing attorneys Sam Manning and Paul Ziezulewicz. The two attorneys gave a presentation focused on three specific areas: eviction, expungement of eviction, and repair issues. Find the link to the article here.

2015 Report to the Community

March 3, 2016

The Racial Justice Committee is a part of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (“SMRLS”) and serves to welcome all clients, encourages and supports a diverse staff, and advocates effectively to eliminate barriers for persons of color and to ensure their equal access to and fair treatment by SMRLS and the legal system. This is their 2015 Report to the Community.

U Visa: Relief for Non-Immigrants

February 22, 2016

If you are undocumented, have been the victim of a serious crime in the U.S., and cooperated with law enforcement to investigate the crime, you may be eligible for the U visa.

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