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Central Minnesota Legal Services provides free legal help to low-income individuals and families to assist with civil legal issues. CMLS does not charge for legal services.

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What We Do

CMLS helps low-income individuals and families get the legal help they need within a 21-county service area throughout central Minnesota. CMLS serves its clients from offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Willmar.

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Volunteer

CMLS operates a robust Volunteer Attorney Program from its offices in St. Cloud and Willmar. We connect local attorneys with eligible clients to provide assistance on civil matters. If you’re a licensed attorney looking to get involved, contact us today!

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Give Back

There are many ways to give back to CMLS. There are volunteer opportunities available for non-attorneys to help assist our clients and staff. You can also donate to CMLS to help support our work.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 16

Willmar Regional Legal Advice Clinic

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thursday, July 18

St Cloud Regional Legal Advice Clinic

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, July 23

Willmar Regional Legal Advice Clinic

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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CMLS News

New CMLS Executive Director Announced

Daniel Morris Named Executive Director of Central Minnesota Legal Services The Board of Directors of Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS) is pleased to announce that, following a nationwide search, Daniel Learn more...

CMLS Executive Director Announces Her Retirement

Dear Friends and CMLS Supporters, I am writing to share the news that I will be retiring from my position as Executive Director of Central Minnesota Legal Services later this Learn more...

CMLS Featured in Legal Services State Support Article

Legal Services State Support recently ran an article detailing CMLS’ partnership with Hennepin County Library to assist individuals facing the effects of the housing crisis. Check it out today to Learn more...

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