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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 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

Monday, December 10

Anoka Housing Clinic

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Anoka, MN

Monday, December 10

Isanti County Legal Advice Clinic

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cambridge, MN

Tuesday, December 11

MACV Legal Clinic – Minneapolis

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Minneapolis, MN

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Minnesota Justice Foundation Award Winner

Elizabeth F. Sauer, supervising attorney at Central Minnesota Legal Services received the Outstanding Service by a Direct Services provider award from the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF).   The award was presented Learn more...

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence? The intent was to connect advocates Learn more...

Minnesota Supreme Court Recognition Letters

For a number of years, the MSBA’s Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee has coordinated, for the Minnesota Supreme Court, recognition of outstanding pro bono work. Programs were allowed to Learn more...

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