"The Board of Public Defense and the State Public Defender petition this Court for an exercise of its supervisory authority over the judicial system to help address an unprecedented crisis in the provision of public defense services."
(Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, and others)
"Basic legal information for low-income Minnesotans with civil legal needs, including fact sheets on various legal issues, and contact information for free and low-cost legal assistance."
Some information is available in each of the following languages: Arabic, Amharic, Armenian, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, Español, Farsi, Français, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Oromo, PCAA:89, Polish,
Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Soomaali, Tagalog, and
"The Mission of the Supreme Court-appointed Minnesota Legal Services Planning Commission is to make recommendations for comprehensive, integrated, state-wide delivery of civil legal services to eligible clients in a manner that builds on existing strengths; addresses critical legal needs and promotes equal access to justice, innovation, and effective and economical delivery of high quality and respectful legal services; fully engages existing programs including pro bono services; identifies strategies for resource and program development to provide these legal services; and meets the reconfiguration criteria of the Legal Services Corporation."
Information published for students of Poverty Law courses at the University of Minnesota Law School and University of St. Thomas School of Law. You will find information about Tenants Rights in Minnesota, Residential Unlawful Detainer and Eviction Defense, Predatory Lending, Fair Housing, Minnesota Residential Tenant Remedies, Medical Assistance, Wait a Minute: Slowing Down Minnesota Criminal Activity Eviction Cases to Find the Truth, CHIPS Manual, What Can Attorneys Do about Homelessness?, and Disability Law.
The Residential Unlawful Detainer and Eviction Defense manual in particular bears comment because we've heard at various times how good this resource is. Forms and cases included.
"This paper provides an overview of the current U.S. civil legal aid system; a brief history of legal aid in the United States; the future of the legal aid system, including the evolution of state justice communities, the increased use of the Internet and hotlines in service delivery, and pro se developments; future funding sources; efforts to improve service quality; and other developments affecting civil legal aid." (Summary from earlier 2003 paper; summary not revised to reflect changes in July 2005 version).
"Much has changed in the delivery of legal services in the past decade. State bars and state courts have become increasingly involved in supporting civil legal assistance. Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) has expanded and survived constitutional challenges. Non-LSC funded providers have come into existence. Documentation of the level of non-federal funding has increased. These changes suggest that it is time for a new effort to assess how we as a nation are faring in our efforts to provide necessary access to civil legal assistance, what it would take to achieve that goal, and the role of federal funding."
The enormity of the justice gap documented in this report means that eliminating the gap will require a sustained, long-term effort involving a partnership of federal and state governments, the private bar, and concerned public and private parties. A key first step is to quantify what it would take to provide necessary access to civil legal assistance.
(National Legal Aid & Defender Association)
"Information clearinghouse for civil and defender members of the equal justice community. ... will ... contain documents relating to the work of civil and defender advocates, including ... information about organizational, management and delivery issues, .... substantive law ... technology, training and conferences, government relations, communications, etc."
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