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Tubman Legal Services

Volunteer Attorney Opportunities

Tubman is a multiservice agency with almost 40 years of experience. Tubman offers a full complement of services including safe shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, youth programming, elder care resources and community education. Tubman Legal Services provides pro bono legal representation, advice, and advocacy to low-income clients in the Twin Cities metro area.


Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys


Family Law Pro Bono Project

Family Law attorneys represent clients in a range of family law matters from motion hearings to divorce, in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington Counties. Tubman screens clients for income eligibility and compelling need for representation, and provides ongoing case consultation and resources if necessary. We ask you to represent one or two clients per year. This is our area of greatest client need!

Family Law Self-Represented Legal Clinic

Family Law attorneys help clients represent themselves in family law matters, primarily in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington Counties. Volunteers help write court documents and prepare for hearings or meetings, but do not appear in court. Tubman screens clients for income eligibility, legal merit, and need for representation. Volunteer attorneys are scheduled for a two-hour clinic four to six times a year and meet with one client at each clinic. At the clinic, volunteers are assisted by a volunteer law student or paralegal and make an action plan with the client. Court forms, internet access, printer, copier, and legal resource materials are available.

Family Law Legal Advice Clinics

Provide individual legal advice to clients in a clinic setting at community sites in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Center, and Maplewood. You will be scheduled for a two-hour clinic four or six times a year and will usually meet with four clients for 20-30 minutes each. Clinic appointments are designed to clarify legal issues, answer brief questions and provide legal advice and direction—not on-going representation. A volunteer Legal Counseling Advocate meets with clients before and after the attorney meeting to assist and provide resources and referrals. Open to family law attorneys with at least two years of experience in their field.

Pro Bono Safety Project

Volunteer attorneys from diverse practice fields represent survivors of domestic violence at order for protection and harassment restraining order proceedings in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Legal advocates at domestic abuse agencies refer clients and support the client and the attorney throughout the case. Tubman screens clients for income eligibility and need for representation and gathers case information. Volunteer Attorneys attend a free training half-day training and represent at least two clients per year. A Tubman staff attorney provides legal support, case consultation and mentoring. Volunteer attorneys typically spend 10 to 20 hours per case, and are not required to have family law experience.

Apply to be a Volunteer Attorney

If you are interested in volunteering as an attorney at Tubman, please fill out this application form. To learn more about the Pro Bono Safety Project, contact Katy Drahos, Legal Services Coordinator, at (612) 870-2424 or safetyproject@tubman.org. For all other volunteer attorney programs, contact Shiloh Bute, Staff Attorney, at (612) 870-2410 or sbute@tubman.org.

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