VLN is happy to provide a number of training materials and on demand CLEs on a variety of legal issues. If you have a suggestion for a topic that you’d like to see a training about, please contact Muria. If there is a training that used to be here that you’d like to see, please let us know and we can send it to you. On-demand CLEs are in orange, below.


HOUSING LAW 101

  • Eviction Expungement: Highlighting the New Laws: On Demand
    This VLN training covers the new laws that came into effect January 1, 2024, including which cases should be automatically expunged and which will need a motion, along with the basics of Eviction Expungement in Minnesota.
  • Housing Court Clinic: Highlighting the New Laws: On Demand
    This VLN training covers everything our housing court clinic volunteers need to know about how the new laws impact their work.
  • Housing Court Clinic Training Basics: On Demand
    This training is for lawyers who are new (or new’ish) to housing court clinic work.  Join VLN staff attorney Sebastian Ellefson as he explains eviction court basics.  He’ll talk about the timeline of evictions, the most common eviction defenses, how our courthouse clinics work (virtually and in person) and why housing court work is a great way to provide pro bono services to low-income Minnesotans.
  • Rent Escrow Training 101: On Demand
    When a landlord won’t make repairs, tenants can sue in court with a rent escrow action to get repairs made. This training will walk volunteers through the basics of the rent escrow process, from the 14-day letter to possible trial, hopefully giving volunteers the tools to successfully take on a rent escrow case for a low-income tenant!
  • Ethical Considerations in Housing Court
    This training covers the ethical considerations that often appear when representing tenants in Housing Court from an ethics attorney who has volunteered in Housing Court many times himself.
  • Eviction Timeline
    This training covers the life cycle of an eviction: from the time it is filed through when it’s expunged. This training is highly recommended for all VLN Housing volunteers.

HOUSING LAW 201

  • Eviction Defense 201: Beyond Jurisdictional Defenses: On Demand (April 2023)
    This training builds upon VLN’s first eviction defense training, “Responding to the Surge”, by going more in-depth into common eviction defenses we see in housing courts such as repair issues, retaliation, non-material breach, inappropriate ledger charges and fair housing.
  • Best Practices When Working with People
    This presentation from Luci Russell, (they/them) BWS, MSW, LGSW encourages viewers to challenge their biases by reflecting on their privilege and power and the relationship dynamic between attorneys and clients.
  • Bias and Its Effect on the Legal Profession
    This presentation explores the lack of diversity in the legal profession and the effect that has on clients with a particular emphasis on how bias impacts housing issues. It offers concrete recommendations so that every participant will be equipped to address these problems, both individually and institutionally.
  • Reasonable Accommodations as a Defense to Eviction
    Federal and state fair housing laws protect tenants with disabilities from discrimination, including evictions when the landlord fails to reasonably accommodate the tenant’s disabilities. Experienced housing attorneys from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid in Minneapolis share about the use of Reasonable Accommodations on behalf of tenants with disabilities in defending eviction. This training will provide an overview of the relevant laws and practical recommendations for volunteer attorneys representing tenants in this context.