Our Values


We believe in increasing access to legal services for our clients. We will strive to minimize barriers for people seeking legal help from CMLS. We pledge to be a visible presence in the communities we serve. We will collaborate with community partners, particularly partners representing historically underrepresented and marginalized communities, to reach potential clients and identify the most pressing local needs.


We acknowledge identity-based inequities that have created barriers to justice for Minnesotans. We will devote special attention to issues of racial justice and their impact on our clients and staff. We pledge to cultivate a diverse and inclusive staff to share in the opportunities and challenges of our work.


We welcome everyone and will strive to create an environment in which staff and clients feel valued, respected, and safe.

High Quality Legal Services

We will use our poverty law expertise to holistically obtain the best possible outcome for each client through counsel on all available remedies and zealous advocacy in and out of the courtroom. We will take initiative to identify and strategically respond to systemic and recurring problems facing our clients through impact litigation.


The pursuit of justice is the foundation of everything we do. We commit to equity and fairness in our work and in our organization.

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