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December-Understanding Stress at a Stressful Time of Year

November-Filing Claims in Conciliation Court

October-Family Court Guardians ad Litem – Knowing the Basics

September-Criminal Expungement in Minnesota

August – VLN Staff Directory

July – Case Handling Protocols

June – CLE Credit for Pro Bono

May – Using Google Voice to Connect and Communicate with Clients

April – Working With Interpreters

March – Eviction Expungements and Referrals

February – How to Appeal a Contested Conciliation Court Judgment to District Court in Hennepin County

January – 10 Years of the VLN Tip of the Month


December – Representing Clients who have a Mental Illness

November – Cold Weather Rule

October – Working with Undocumented Clients

September – Immigration: Status of the 11/20/2014 Executive Orders

August – Notary Requirements for Court Documents

July – The Impact of Race on Pro Bono Services

June – Criminal Expungement Document Assembly Tool

May – Introduction to Financial Coaching

April – Pawned Property in Bankruptcy

March – Cancellation of Debt

February – Vacate Default Judgments in Hennepin County Conciliation Court

January – Attorney – Social Worker Collaboration


December – Unpaid Wage Claims

November – Using the New Criminal Expungement Law

October – Helping Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Obtain and Retain Safe and Affordable Rental Housing

September – Unaccompanied Minors and Accelerated Immigration Court Procedures

August – Conciliation Court Update

July – DACA Renewal Applications

June – Criminal Expungement Law Update

May – Legal Resources & eTools on MN Court Websites

April – Brief Focused Assessments in Hennepin County Family Court

March – Minnesota Property Tax Refund for Renters and Homeowners

February – Helping Victims of Identity Theft

January – The Case for Legal Services


December – Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

November – Eviction Service Requirements

October – Contempt Proceedings in Family Court

September – Changes in Minnesota Foreclosure Law

August – Assigned Consumer Debt Default Judgments

July – Emergency Relief in Family Court

June – CLE Credit for Pro Bono

May – Working with Pro Bono Clients Wiki

April – Emertis Attorney Program

March – Online Intake

February – Basics of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

January – Filing Criminal Expungments as a VLN Volunteer


December – VLN Clinics Wiki

November – Bankruptcy and Family Law

October – New IFP/Fee Waiver Procedures in the 4th Judicial District

September – Assisting in Collections Lawsuits

August – Mandatory eFile and eServe

July – Immigration Terms

June – Statutes of Limitations, Statutes of Repose and Notice Requirements – At A Glance

May – Immigration Based Affidavits of Support in Family Court

April – Changes to Minnesota Rules of Family Court

March – Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Escape Dangerous Rental Housing

February – General Civil Clinic Resources Index

January – Tax Refund Interception on Account of Discharged Debt


December – Communicating for Success with Pro Bono Clients

November – Criminal Expungement (Advice and Referral)

October – How to Claim a Paycheck Exemption

September – How to Claim a Bank Exemption

August  – Getting the Best Outcomes for Your Clients at Clinics

July – Administrative Wage Garnishment

June – CLE Credit for Pro Bono

May – Post-Eviction Process

April – Court Forms Useful for Unbundled Legal Services

March – Avoiding Harmful Consequences When Representing Low-Income Clients

February – Meeting Your Professional Responsibilities When Providing Limited Scope Services

January – Assisting in Collections Lawsuits


December – Bankruptcy Notice of Responsibility

November – Helping Your Client Obtain Car Title

October – Houseguests Who Overstay Their Welcome

September – Building Effective Attorney-Client Relationships

August – Presumption of Parenting Time

July – Landlord-Tenant Law Update

June – Traveling Internationally with a Minor Child

May – Passport Suspension for Child Support Arrears

April – Homeowner’s Associations Liens Tip

March – Twelve Resources for Brief Services

February – Advising Pro Se Parties Preparing for Court

January  – Criminal Expungement: Recent Developments


December – How to Make Quality Referrals

October – Tenant Rights When a Landlord Loses the Building to Foreclosure

September – MN No Fault Auto Insurance

July – Identity Theft

May – CLE Credit for Pro Bono

April – Completing Bankruptcy Schedule

March – Online Clinic Resources & Completing VLN Paperwork


December – Ten Tips for New Family Law Attorneys

October – Criminal Expungement Tip

September – Changes to Mortgage Foreclosure Legislation

July – Understanding CHIPS Cases

April – Helping Landlords with Evictions

February – Working With Interpreters


December – Safe at Home – Confidential Address Program

November – Mechanics Liens

August– Drivers License Issues

July – End of Representation Letters

May – Spotting Equity Stripping

April  – Providing Quality Legal Advice

February – Collecting Judgments


September – Lawful Entry into the U.S.

August – Preventing Frivolous Claims (Pro Bono Clients)

June – Car Title Problems