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  • Family Law Legal Advice Clinics

    Impact & Benefits
    • Provide services that enable individuals to better navigate the legal system and community resources
    • Gain experience working with a diverse group of clients with regard to family law issues and identify available community resources

    Position Responsibilities
    • Assist at Law Clinics by helping clients focus and prioritize legal issues before they meet with an attorney
    • Provide appropriate information, referrals, emotional support, and supportive counseling afterward
    • Complete all paperwork and administrative tasks and communicate with Legal Services program staff regarding Law Clinics

    Position Qualifications:
    • Interest in family law issues and legal resources
    • Ability and willingness to listen actively and respond appropriately to clients while maintaining confidentiality
    • Ability to work with diverse teams and clients to foster a culturally inclusive environment
    • Good communication, organization, and time management skills
    • Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel to various Tubman sites

    Time Commitment & Availability
    • 3-12 hours per month with a 9 month minimum commitment preferred. Weekday evening or Friday morning availability needed.

    Supervision & Training
    • Attend Tubman’s five-part Volunteer/Intern Orientation and Training series
    • On-the-job training includes attending law clinic “buddy shifts” to observe current Legal Counseling Advocate volunteers
    • Supervision provided by the Legal Services Team

  • Family Law Pro Bono Project

    Impact & Benefits
    • Provide full representation to low-income clients with limited access to services
    • Opportunity to work with clients of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and situations
    • Opportunity to expand upon and improve knowledge of the practice of family law
    • Opportunity to be mentored by or collaborate with Tubman staff attorneys
    • Opportunity to receive 1 CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono representation provided

    Position Responsibilities
    • Represent one to two clients per year
    • Provide full representation services to clients including attending client meetings, conferences, court hearings and ADRs.
    • Draft pleadings, responses, affidavits, motions and all other documents involved in full representation.
    • Collaborate and communicate with Tubman staff

    Position Qualifications
    • Member in good standing of the Minnesota Bar
    • Experience in family law
    • Understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and family violence
    • Understanding of and ability to provide clients with adequate safety planning advice
    • Ability and willingness to listen actively and respond appropriately to clients
    • Ability to work with diverse teams and clients to foster a culturally inclusive environment

    Supervision & Training
    • Utilize Tubman staff attorneys for consultation as needed
    • Access to Tubman sponsored trainings

  • Family Law Self-Representated Legal Clinic

    Impact & Benefits
    • Provide services that enable individuals to navigate the legal system and identify available
    • community resources
    • Gain experience drafting court documents and working with clients in family court cases
    • Gain experience working with family law attorneys providing limited legal services to a
    • diverse group of clients

    Position Responsibilities
    • Assist attorney with preparation of court documents prior to self-representation
    • Assist clients with organizing, documenting and gathering information, drafting documents
    • for review by attorney, and providing resources and referrals
    • Complete paperwork and administrative tasks; communicate and collaborate with Tubman’s Legal Services program staff

    Position Qualifications
    • 2nd or 3rd year Law Student, Professional Paralegal, or similar experience
    • Working knowledge in preparation of court documents, family law issues, legal resources
    • Good communication, organization, and time management skills
    • Ability and willingness to listen actively and respond appropriately to clients while
    • maintaining confidentiality
    • Ability to work with diverse teams and clients to foster a culturally inclusive environment
    • Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel to Tubman sites

    Time Commitment & Availability
    • 3-12 hours per month with a 9 month minimum commitment preferred. Weekday evening or Friday morning availability needed.

    Supervision & Training
    • Attend Tubman’s Volunteer and Intern Orientation and Training series
    • Supervision provided by the Legal Services Team community education.

  • 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.

    There will be two upcoming training sessions for the Safety Project on February 14 and June 14, 2018. To learn more, click "Pro Bono Safety Project."

To become a Tubman Volunteer Attorney, click here to apply.