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Central Minnesota Legal Services condemns the acts of violence and destruction that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. As an organization whose mission is to improve access to the legal justice system for all, CMLS has a special interest in speaking out against the undermining of the democratic process and ideals threatened by these events. CMLS stands in full support of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Statement on Interference with Election Certification. See our News post for the full statement.

Central Minnesota Legal Services provides free legal help to low-income individuals and families to assist with civil legal issues.

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CMLS Minneapolis office has moved! Our new address is 111 North 5th Street, Suite 402, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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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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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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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, January 19

St. Cloud VA Legal Advice Clinic

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Cloud, MN

Thursday, January 21

Wright County Legal Advice Clinic

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Buffalo, MN

Monday, January 25

Todd County Legal Advice Clinic – Staples

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Staples, MN

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MSBA Statement on Interference with Election Certification

Central Minnesota Legal Services stands in full support of the following statement by the Minnesota State Bar Association: The Minnesota State Bar Association condemns the attempts to interfere with the Learn more...

CMLS Staff Attorney to Receive MJFs Direct Service Provider Award

CMLS is proud to announce that staff attorney, Erin Osborne, will receive the Minnesota Justice Foundation Direct Service Provider award at MJF’s virtual event on September 30th.   Erin will Learn more...

Central Minnesota Legal Services Stands for Racial Justice, Inclusion and Fairness in the Justice System

Our hearts are heavy due to the tragic murder of George Floyd and the outpouring of grief, anger and despair within our local community. We recognize the great pain that Learn more...

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