November 2021

Pro bono opportunity: the eviction crunch

The MSBA is proud to partner with legal services organizations across Minnesota to encourage pro bono and to let you know about opportunities to volunteer your time. This month, we’re highlighting Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s (MMLA) Eviction Defense Screening Project.

If you’ve been thinking you’d like to help with the eviction crisis but aren’t interested in or available to do litigation, this is the opportunity for you. Attorneys and law students screen eviction court case files prior to the first appearance in order to look for possible defenses. The screening tools are then used to help MMLA and VLN attorneys who are in court to represent tenants, allowing them to dedicate more time to representing clients and less time to case preparation. This project is purely remote and involves no client contact or court appearances. The time commitment is flexible and can be from a couple hours per month to more extensive involvement if you have the time. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, please email Colleen Daly at cdaly@mylegalaid.org. 

This opportunity is the first of many that will be posted on the MSBA’s recently introduced Pro Bono Spotlight page. You can read more about volunteering with the Eviction Defense Screening Project and see our Donor Spotlights and Pro Bono Attorney Profiles at www.mnbar.org/pro-bono-spotlight

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