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					Resources for Referrals

General Phone Numbers
First Call For Help (all social services referrals) ....................................................... “211” or 651-290-0211
Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS – no income restrictions) .............................612-752-6666
Minnesota Attorney General’s Office ..................................................................................... 651-296-3353
Hennepin County Bar Association ............................................................................................612-752-6600
Hennepin County Court Numbers (Directory)..........................................................................612-348-3000
          Bankruptcy Court .........................................................................................................612-664-5200
          Civil Filing ...................................................................................................................612-348-3164
          Conciliation Court........................................................................................................612-348-2713
          Conciliation Court Filing .............................................................................................612-348-9905
          Conciliation Court Resource Room .............................................................................612-348-0330
          District Court of Appeals .............................................................................................651-297-1000
          Family court .................................................................................................................612-348-6734
          Housing Court/UD .......................................................................................................612-348-5185
          Juvenile Court ..............................................................................................................612-348-4822
          Probate Court ...............................................................................................................612-348-3244
          Public Defender ...........................................................................................................612-348-7530
          Self Help Center............................................................................ 612-348-9399 and 612-596-8812
          Self Help Center (Family Law)....................................................................................612-596-8519
Hennepin County Bar Association Ethics and Fee Arbitration ................................................612-752-6600
Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board .............................................................................651-296-3952
Legal Aid Society – Hennepin County (Client line) .................................................................612-334-5970
Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis (Staff Only) ........................................................................612-332-1441
Minneapolis Civilian Review Board .........................................................................................612-330-3800
Minnesota Relay Service ...................................................................................................... 1-800-627-3529
Minnesota State Bar Association ..............................................................................................612-333-1183
VILLAGE Financial Resource Center .................................................................................. 1-800-450-4019
Volunteer Lawyers Network Intake Lines ..............................................................................612-752-66677
Volunteer Lawyers Network Administrative Line....................................................................612-752-6655
                               RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS

Adoptions
        Children’s Home Society (client seeking their natural parent) ...................................612-646-6393
        Village Family Service Center ................................................................................. 1-800-450-4019


Annulments/Legal Separations
        (see also Family)
        VLN does some full representation annulments. VLN also runs a Family Law Legal Advice
        Clinic at the Self Help Center at the Family Justice Center, 110 S. Fourth St.
        Chrysalis (women only) ...............................................................................................612-871-0118


Appeals
        VLN does not do any appeals.
        District Court of Appeals .............................................................................................651-297-1000


Bankruptcy and Debtor’s Rights
        VLN does bankruptcies if screened by an attorney and client has assets or income which is not
        exempt. VLN writes letters to creditors for clients whose assets and income are all exempt.
        Consumer Credit Counseling ......................................................................................651-439-4840
        Experian (credit reports) ........................................................................................... 1-800-583-4080
        Family Service of St. Paul ..........................................................................................651-222-0311
        Village Financial Resource Center .......................................................................... 1-800-450-4019


Civil
        (see also Civil – Conciliation)
        VLN assists with many civil issues, either with full representation, brief services, or legal advice
        clinics
        LAMP (for inmates)…………………………………………………………651-290-6413
        Court Services
               Self Help Center – helps with forms, procedures, referrals for name change, criminal
               expungement, conciliation court, judgments, etc. Located on the skyway level of the
               Hennepin County Government Center (300 S. Sixth St.)
                ......................................................................................... 612-348-9399 and 612-596-8812


Civil – Conciliation
        VLN has a walk-in legal advice at the conciliation court at City Hall (300 S. Fifth St.)
        Court services
           Conciliation court will assist with forms and procedures for filing a complaint.
                                RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS
               Located in Old City Hall, 300 S. Fifth St., 3rd Floor.

Child Support
        (See also Family)
        VLN does not assist with child support matters, except at the Family Law Clinic at the Self Help
        Center at the Family Justice Center, 110 S. Fourth St.
        Chrysalis (women only) ...............................................................................................612-871-0118
        Hennepin County Family Court Services ....................................................................612-348-7556
        Hennepin County Child Support and Collections ........................................................612-348-3600
        Assoc. for Kids for Enforcement of Support ........................................................... 1-800-537-7072
        Child Support Modification Classes: Room 172, Family Justice Center, 110 S. Fourth St.
        Father’s Resource Center .............................................................................................612-874-1509
        Association for Kids for Enforcement of Support .......................................................800-537-7072
        Downtown Legal Aid – Custodial Parents Only! ........................................................612-334-5970
        Father Project (driver’s license issues) ........................................................................612-724-3539


Civil Rights
        VLN does not assist with civil rights claims, unless referred by federal court.
        Civilian Review Board (police brutality) .....................................................................612-673-3012
       Department of Human Rights .......................................................................................651-296-5663
       EEOC ............................................................................................................................612-335-4040
        Minneapolis Dept. of Civil Rights ...............................................................................612-673-3012


Commitment
        VLN does not assist with commitment issues.
        Commitment Defense ..................................................................................................612-752-6661
        Mental Health ..............................................................................................................612-348-6811
        Pre-petition screening ..................................................................................................612-348-2787


Commitment cont.
        Commitment Defense (defend against commitment proceedings) ..............................612-752-6661
        Mental Health ..............................................................................................................612-348-6811
        Hennepin County pre-petition screening (commence commitment proceed) ..............612-348-2787
        Ramsey County Probate/Mental Health Division (for information regarding commitments, and
        referral to pre-petition screening & defense attorneys)................................................651-226-2807

                   Anoka County
                            RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS
                Anoka County Probate Court (general info about commitments) ................. 763-422-7404
                Anoka County pre-petition screening ............................................................ 763-422-7070
                Nicol and Greenley (provide commitment defense) ...................................... 763-422-9882


                Dakota County
                Dakota County Probate Court (general info about commitments)................. 651-438-8100
                Dakota County Social Services (pre-petition screening) ............................... 952-891-7400
                Joe Dalager (provides commitment defense) .....................................                       651-451-6411


Consumer Issues
      (See also Civil)
      VLN assists with many civil issues, either with full representation, brief services, or legal advice
      clinics
      Attorney General’s office ............................................................................................651-296-3353
      Better Business Bureau ................................................................................................651-699-1111
      Public Utilities Commission ........................................................................................651-296-7124
      Public Utilities Consumer Affairs ................................................................................651-296-0406
      Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (consumer) .........................................................612-348-4528
      Minneapolis Mediation Center ....................................................................................612-822-9883
                              RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS

Criminal
       VLN does not assist with criminal issues, except criminal expungement and some legal advice
       prior to a client being charged with a crime.
       Hennepin County Attorney Office ...............................................................................612-348-5561
       Minneapolis Police Department ...................................................................................612-673-2853
       Minnesota Citizens Council on Crime and Justice ......................................................612-340-5432
       Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board .............................................................651-282-6256
       Public Defender ...........................................................................................................612-348-7530
       Legal Rights Center .....................................................................................................612-337-0030
       Justice For ALL ...........................................................................................................612-338-4737
       Neighborhood Justice Center (Ramsey) ......................................................................651-222-4703


Domestic Abuse
       (See also Harassment)
       VLN does a number of family law issues, either full rep, brief services, phone advice, or at the
       Family Law Clinic at the Family Justice Center Self Help Center (110 S. Fourth St.)
       Alexandra House (in Anoka County – open to all) ......................................................763-780-2330
       Chrysalis (women only) ...............................................................................................612-871-0118
       Cornerstone Advocacy Service
       (Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eden Prairie) ............................................................612-884-0376
       Cornerstone ............................................................................................................... 952-884-0330
       Crisis Intervention Center ............................................................................................612-347-3161
       Division of Indian Work ..............................................................................................612-722-8722
       Domestic Abuse Service Center – Hennepin County (for OFP’s) ...............................612-348-5073
       Domestic Abuse Project ...............................................................................................612-874-7063
       Family and Children Services ......................................................................................612-339-9101
       Family Court Hennepin County ...................................................................................612-348-6734
       Foresters Child Abuse Hotline ................................................................................. 1-800-422-4553
       Harriet Tubman Center ................................................................................................612-825-3333
       Harriet Tubman ........................................................................................................... 612-824-0000
       Hennepin County Children and Family Services (CHPS) ...........................................612-348-3552


Domestic Abuse, cont.
       HomeFree Shelter (crisis line) .....................................................................................612-559-4945
       Gay and Lesbian Domestic Violence Program ............................................................612-822-8661
       Women of Nations (American Indian Women) ...........................................................651-222-5830
                             RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS
       Women’s Advocates (pro se divorce clinic for battered women) ................................651-227-8284
       Sexual Violence Center................................................................................................612-871-5100

       Court Services
             Domestic Abuse Center on A-Level of Hennepin County Government Center
             (one floor below street)
             Domestic Abuse: 612-348-5073; Harassment: 612-348-7959
             “Writers” will assist the person with completing a petition and explain what is and is not
             DA and Harassment.


Elder Law (Seniors)
       (See also Wills & Probate)
       VLN assists with some wills and probate.
       Minneapolis Age & Opportunity .................................................................................612-676-6300
       MN Senior Federation Program ...................................................................................651-645-0261


Employment and Labor
       VLN assists clients with getting a job back, with UC, and employee benefits.
       EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) ...............................................612-335-4040
       Minneapolis Mediation Program .................................................................................612-871-0639
       Minnesota Dept. of Labor and Industry ............................................... 651-284-5005/800-342-5354
            *The office includes all functions of the agency: Minnesota OSHA, Workers' Compensation,
            Labor, Standards, Apprenticeship, Code Administration and Inspection Services and more



Employment Discrimination
       VLN does not assist with employment discrimination cases.
       EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) ...............................................612-335-4040
       Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights .....................................................................612-673-3012
       MN Dept. of Human Rights .........................................................................................651-296-5663
                             RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS

Family Law
      (See also Annulments; Child Support; Domestic Abuse; Harassment; Paternity)
      VLN assists with a number of family law issues, either full rep, brief services, phone advice, or at
      the Family Law Clinic at the Family Justice Center Self Help Center
      (110 S. Fourth St.)
      Hennepin County Attorney’s Office ...........................................................................612-348-5550
               (Re: Parental Kidnapping) ................................................................................612-348-4528
      Fourth Judicial District Self Help Center – Family .....................................................612-596-8519
      Centro Legal: Minneapolis & St. Paul .........................................................................651-642-1890
      Chrysalis (women only) ...............................................................................................612-871-0118
      Minneapolis Mediation Program .................................................................................612-822-9883
      Mediation Center .........................................................................................................651-523-2880
      Women’s Advocates ....................................................................................................651-227-8284
      U of M Legal Assistance Clinic ...................................................................................612-625-5515
      Hennepin County Family Court ...................................................................................612-348-6734
      Family Court Service/Domestic Relations ...................................................................612-348-7556
      Resource Center for Fathers & Families ......................................................................763-783-4938
      Hennepin County Summary Marriage Dissolution ......................................................612-348-3164
      U.S. Divorce Reform ...................................................................................................612-890-7459
      LRIS (Low Fee Family Law Project) .........................................................................612-752-6666
      Child Protection Office (for accused or suspected child abuse) ..................................612-348-3552
      Public Defender (termination of parental rights) .........................................................612-348-7530
      Hennepin County Summary Marriage Dissolution ......................................................612-348-6734
      Mediation Center .........................................................................................................612-673-9555
      North Hennepin Mediation Project ..............................................................................763-561-0033
      Mexican Consulate (Carlos Jimenes)...........................................................................651-771-5494
                            RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS

Family Law cont.
      Referrals for visitation (agencies that can refer to CMLS non-custodial parent assistance):
          African American Men Project .............................................................................612-302-4694
          Employment Action Center, Young Dads Program ..............................................612-752-8836
          Fathers First ...........................................................................................................612-348-7078
          Father Project ........................................................................................................612-724-3539
          Resource Center for Fathers & Families ...............................................................763-783-4938
          Urban Ventures Family Center (women) ..............................................................612-822-0802


      Court Services:
               4th District Court Family Law Self-Help Center – Assistance with forms and procedures
               for most family court matters, including divorce, custody, parenting time, contempt,
               paternity, third-party custody, agreements, delegations, ex parte motions, etc. Located at
               110 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis. Call 612-596-8519 for more information.
                           Mandatory Motion Screening: By Hennepin County Court Order, all family court
                           motions that are prepared by people who are not represented by a lawyer must be
                           reviewed by a Family Law Facilitator before a hearing date will be set.
               Child Support Modification Classes (facilitators assist individuals in completing motions
               to modify child support). Located at 110 South Fourth St., Minneapolis.
               Child and Spousal Support Modification and Cost of Living Adjustments – Refer to
               Family Court Filing Counter for forms, at Family Justice Center, 110 South Fourth St. If
               the person is unable to complete the forms, refer to Hennepin County Economic
               Assistance Child Support Division, 110 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis, 612-348-3333 (Client
               Service Representatives Diane Brown and Michael Donlan)
               Mediation of custody/parenting time disputes – Refer to Family Court Services, Family
               Justice Center; 110 South 4th Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2278; phone
               612-348-7556. They offer free mediation if both parties request the mediation. They will
               also assist one party in attempting to set up a mediation session if the other party is not
               agreeing to mediate.
               County Attorney for Paternity and Child Support Actions 110 S. Fourth St., Mpls.

               Step Parent Adoption Information available at Juvenile Court, 626 S. Sixth St.,
               Minneapolis. Adoptions: 612-348-3173.
                               RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS
Government Benefits
       VLN does not assist with government benefits cases.
       Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis ...............................................................................612-334-5970
       Social Security attorney referral (fee generating cases) ........................................... 1-800-431-2804


Harassment
       (See also Family; Domestic Abuse)
       VLN does a number of family law issues, either full rep, brief
       services, phone advice, or at the Family Law Clinic at the Family
       Justice Center Self Help Center (110 S. Fourth St.)
       Domestic Abuse Center (for harassment orders) .........................................................612-348-5073


Housing
       (See also Government Housing)
       VLN assists with a number of housing law issues, either full rep, brief
       services, phone advice or at the Housing Court Project on the 17th Floor
       of the Hennepin County Government Center.
       APAC (Mobile Home Issues – statewide) ...................................................................651-644-5525
       Community Action for Suburban Hennepin ..............................................................952-933-9639
       Community Stabilization (St. Paul) .............................................................................651-225-8778
       Hennepin County Economic Assistance Helpline .......................................................612-348-7984
       HOME Line (hotline – not Minneapolis, statewide)....................................................612-728-5767
       HUD Fair Housing Office (housing discrimination) ...................................................612-370-3000
       Mediation Center .........................................................................................................612-523-2880
       Minneapolis Environmental Health (inspections)........................................................612-673-2170
       Mpls. Housing Inspector .............................................................................................................. 311
       Minneapolis Housing Service ......................................................................................612-673-3003
       Minneapolis Mediation ................................................................................................612-822-9883
       Minnesota Multi Housing Association (landlord group) .............................................952-854-8500
       Minnesota Tenants Union ............................................................................................612-871-7485
       Pilot City Regional Center ...........................................................................................612-348-4700
       Tenant Screening Advocacy Project ............................................................................651-224-1188
       Unlawful Detainer Court Clerk ....................................................................................612-348-5186
                               RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS
Housing, cont.

      Court Services
           If no case has been filed, refer landlords and tenants to the Pre-filing Mediation Program.
           Brochures are available at Self Help Center and Civil Filing. This is an opportunity for free
           mediation prior to filing a case, without delaying the case if mediation fails.
            Landlord/Tenant Information – Housing Services, City of Minneapolis. 612-673-3003 Room
            110, Old City Hall. For Minneapolis residents only.




Housing – Government (see also Housing)
       VLN assists with a number of housing law issues, either full rep, brief
       services, phone advice or at the Housing Court Project on the 17th Floor
       of the Hennepin County Government Center.
       Legal Aid .....................................................................................................................612-334-5970




Immigration
       VLN runs (with MN Advocates for Human Rights) a legal advice clinic at Park Avenue
       Methodist Church (3400 Park Ave. S.) on Thursdays from 3 – 5:00 p.m.
       Immigration Law Center .......................................................................................... 1-800-223-1368
       Centro Legal: Minneapolis & St. Paul ........................................................................651-642-1890
       International Institute ...................................................................................................651-647-0191
       Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis ...............................................................................612-334-5970
      Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (Asylum) ......................................................612-341-9845
       Oficina Legal ...............................................................................................................651-291-0110

       Court Services
          Immigration Advocate at Office of Multi-Cultural Services, 330 S. Twelfth St., Suite 3700,
          Minneapolis, 612-348-2578; e-mail: julia.morgan@co.hennepin.mn.us
            The advocate can assist clients with finding resources to stabilize immigration status. The
            advocate may be able to help with filling out INS forms, deciding what proofs may be needed
            to file for Lawful Permanent Residence status, and what is needed for an application for U.S.
            citizenship. Referrals to immigration lawyers and other resources are available.
                              RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS

Insurance
       (See also Civil)
       Insurance Helpline .......................................................................................................952-253-6234
       Department of Commerce (complaints).......................................................................651-296-3528


Juvenile
       VLN does not assist with juvenile cases.
       Children’s Law Center .................................................................................................651-644-4438
       Community Mediation Center .....................................................................................612-544-2966
       County Attorney ..........................................................................................................612-348-5986
       Hennepin County Juvenile Court General Information ...............................................612-348-8346
       Guardian Ad Litem Program .......................................................................................612-348-6824
       Juvenile Justice Center .................................................................................................612-348-4822
       Legal Aid Juvenile Project ...........................................................................................612-827-3774
       Minneapolis Mediation Program .................................................................................612-822-9883
       Public Defender ...........................................................................................................612-348-7530
       Indian Child Welfare Law Center ................................................................................612-879-9165
       Child Protection ...........................................................................................................612-348-3552
       Court Services
              Step Parent Adoption Information available at Juvenile Court, 626 S. Sixth St.,
              Minneapolis. Adoptions: 612-348-3173.


Name Change
       VLN does not assist with name change.
       Woman’s Advocates Clinic .........................................................................................651-227-8284
       Hennepin County Govt. Center – Civil Filing ............................................................612-348-3000
                             RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS

Nonprofit
       VLN does not provide services in nonprofit law.
       Legal CORPS (if budget less than $250,000 and not a start up)..................................612-752-6672
       Management Assistance Program (MAP) (nonprofit is a start up) .............................651-647-1216
       Lawyer Referral & Information Service (any) .............................................................612-752-6666


Paternity
       (See also Family)
       VLN assists with some paternities for fathers if the
       mother is not receiving public benefits.
       Hennepin County Attorney ..........................................................................................612-348-5550
       Support and Collections (mother) ................................................................................612-348-3600
       Support & Collection (father) ......................................................................................612-348-5004
       Family Court Public Defender (to contest paternity) ...................................................612-348-6392
       Father Project (for fathers, paternity not established, case in juvenile court) 612-724-3539


Real Estate
       VLN assists with real estate matters after screened by an attorney.
       ACCAP (Anoka foreclosure prevention) .....................................................................763-783-4705
       Carver County HRA (Carver, Scott foreclosure prevention) .......................................952-448-7715
       City of St. Paul (foreclosure prevention) .....................................................................651-266-6020
       Commerce Dept. Real Estate .......................................................................................651-296-2594
       Community Action Partnership (Suburban Hennepin F.P.)............................. 952-933-9639, x 209
       Dakota County CDA (foreclosure prevention) ............................................................651-675-4433
       Lutheran Social Service (foreclosure prevention) ................................................... 1-888-577-2227
       Minneapolis Neighborhood Housing Services ............................................................612-521-3581
       NRRC (foreclosure prevention – North Minneapolis) ............................................... 612-335-5924
       Twin Cities Habit for Humanity: Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention ..............................612-331-4090
       Don’t Borrow Trouble .................................................................................................612-312-2020
                             RESOURCES FOR REFERRALS

Tax
       VLN assists with tax disputes with the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
       Minnesota Accounting Aid Society (Accountability MN) ..........................................612-288-9476
       U of M Law School (Low income tax payers).............................................................612-625-5515
       Legal Society of Minneapolis ......................................................................................612-334-5970


Traffic/Driver’s License
       VLN does not assist with traffic issues.
       MN Dept. of Public Safety...........................................................................................651-296-6911

       Court Services
              The Court Clerks on C-11 (Criminal) have access to the Department of Public Safety
              database and can review driving records and answer questions about how to get a valid
              license following suspension or revocation.
Other resources
Internet Resources for Volunteer Attorneys
(list more)




Forms




VLN Client Intake Sheet and Explanation

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    VLN uses Kemps Case Works, a database for legal services providers. Because Kemps was created for use with
      staff attorney programs, VLN has customized its usage for use with our pro bono volunteer-based program.

   Below is an alphabetical key to understanding some of the fields that appear on the client intake sheet (see reverse
                                               for sample intake sheet).



      1- Advocate           The advocate is the VLN case placement staffperson whom the volunteer attorney should
                                                  contact if s/he has questions about the case.
     2- CoCounsel              The VLN staffperson who did the original intake on the client when the client first
                                   contacted VLN. This person may or may not be the same as the Advocate
   3- Income Source          Indicates source of client’s income; this information is gathered as part of the financial
                                                        eligibility screening during intake.
                              A = Alimony; C = Worker’s Comp; D = Disability; E = Employment; G = General
                            Assistance; I = SSI; J = Child Support; O = Other or Unknown; P = Pension; S = Social
                            Security; T = Trust, Dividends, Interest; U = Unemployment; V = Veterans’ Benefits; W
                                                           = Welfare; X = No Income.
4- Total Monthly Income           This information is taken during the intake/screening for financial eligibility
        5- Race                 A = Asian-Pacific Islander; B = Black; H = Hispanic; N = Native American; O =
                                                         Other/Unknown; W = White
   6- Marital Statues                S = Single; M = Married; D = Divorced; P = Separated; W = Widowed
       7- PCode                 Refers to the Problem Code, a set of Kemps’ number codes (with corresponding
                                              descriptor) that indicate the nature of the legal issue.
   8- Special PCode                  .A code that gives further information about the nature of the problem.
   9- Living Situation       A = Apartment; B = Rented Home; C = Condo; D = Treatment Center; F = Half-Way
                            House; H = Own Home; J = Jail; M = Mental Institution; N = Nursing Home; P = Prison;
                             R = Rented Room; S = Single Room Occupant; T = Mobile Home; U = Unknown; X =
                                                   Relatives; Y = Shelter; Z = Homeless.
    10- Citizenship                        A = Citizen; B = Eligible Alien; C = Undocumented Alien
    11-PBI Section           Gives the name and contact information for the primary volunteer attorney for the case.
       12 - Notes           This section contains notes, made by VLN intake/case placement staff, pertaining to the
                                                                   case.




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