Attorney New Years Resolution
January 12, 2016
Lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, and…help someone in need get access to justice. This is a great way to have a fresh start in 2016 that can make a big impact – work with a SMRLS client as a volunteer attorney.
Far too many people in our communities face serious civil legal issues, and cannot afford an attorney. Issues include eviction defense, divorce and child custody, wrongful termination of a job, harassment by debt collectors, bankruptcy, and needing a guardianship for an ailing parent, to name a few. In Minnesota, for every paid legal aid attorney there are over 3,600 eligible clients. The only way to fill this gap is with volunteer attorneys.
By volunteering, you can provide access to justice for these clients.
SMRLS offers a range of ways to serve these low-income clients: from providing legal advice, to helping clients fill out needed court forms, to providing full representation.
Volunteering helps fulfill the Minnesota Rules of Professional Responsibility aspirational goal of providing 50 hours of pro bono work each year. You can also get CLE credits for volunteering: you can earn 1 CLE credit for every 6 hours of volunteer attorney time, up to 6 credits in a reporting period.
Most importantly – volunteer attorneys find this work to be rewarding and enriching while providing life changing legal services to someone in need.
So make a resolution you can keep. Contact SMRLS today to volunteer. Fill out the Volunteer Attorney Application or contact:
Carol Bros, Metro
Kelly Kinyon, Outstate
Mary Stoos, Outstate, Pro Se Divorce Clinics