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Eight VLN lawyers sign up to help 41 Afghans to safety

Volunteer Lawyers Network extends a heartfelt thanks to the eight lawyers from six law firms who, to date, have volunteered to file humanitarian parole applications for 41 Afghans seeking safe haven:

Lesley Guyton, Carey Thuente, and Megan Galasso (Guyton Thuente PA)
Aklilu Dunlap (Dunlap Law Office, PLLC)
Mary K. Shaw (Robichaud, Schroepfer & Correia, P.A.)
Monica Nevin (Nevin Law Office, LLC)
Matthew Webster (Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.)
Mai Neng Moua (Mai N Moua Law Office).

Of these, one of the lawyers is helping to file 17 applications, and another, nine.

Humanitarian parole is an extraordinary measure used to bring persons to the United States due to an emergency. Over 17,000 of these applications have been filed for Afghans in the last two months and, to date, very few have been processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service.

Riverfront 2021: Better Together – Safely

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person at the 2021 Riverfront Celebration!

Our community’s safety is our highest priority. As such, the following protocols will be in place:

  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated two weeks before the event.
  • Masks will be required indoors and encouraged outdoors.
  • Dinner and hors d’oeuvres will be served between 4:30-6 p.m., before the program begins.
  • All food will be served in or on pre-portioned packaging.
  • Indoor tables will have a maximum of 6 seats, and several small high-top tables will be available.
  • There will be outdoor seating and high-top tables under the patio tent.
  • There will be disposable masks and hand sanitizer available at the event.
  • Finally, the event will be available via livestream for anyone not able to attend.

We are monitoring public health guidelines and governmental regulations closely and will make changes to these protocols as necessary.

Please contact Molly Whelan directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Click here to purchase tickets!

#ClientInfo: Some evictions resume

The courts are beginning to allow landlords to file evictions again in some situations. If you receive an eviction notice and cannot afford a lawyer, please call 612-752-6677 on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or click here to fill out an intake form to see if we can help.

Important notes:

-If you owe rent, apply for rental assistance right away — click here to apply at RentHelpMN.org. You cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent while you are waiting for a decision on your application.

-If you receive an eviction complaint or have questions other questions about the end of the moratorium as it applies to your living situation, reach out to us right away to see if we can help.

Give to the Max 2020

 

Give to the Max Day 2020 is Thursday, November 19, 2020. Volunteer Lawyers Network would deeply appreciate your support!

Since the start of the pandemic, VLN has:

  • Provided thousands of virtual legal services to Minnesotans experiencing poverty
  • Successfully protected tenants from unlawful evictions under the national and local moratoriums
  • Attended community support events to provide information and services on-site
  • Provided intake support for LegalCORPS’s special program helping local businesses affected by social unrest
  • Hosted virtual CLEs preparing volunteers for the new legal landscape

…and more!

We have secured at least $5,000 in matching contributions. Please help us hit our goal and DOUBLE the impact of your donation.

Early giving has already begun! Click here to Give to the Max today!

VLN Transitions to LegalServer Case Management System

This week, Volunteer Lawyers Network is transitioning to the LegalServer case management system and database, as mandated by the State of Minnesota.

Our telephone intake line will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 15, and Monday, Oct. 19. Online intake is temporarily closed effective immediately.

We appreciate your patience as we make this substantial transition to serve you better.