Crime, Legal Related

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS NETWORK

We make pro bono happen!

Minneapolis, MN

Mission

We protect and promote the basic needs of people in poverty through the power of legal volunteers.
 
We envision a society in which everyone has equal access to the legal services essential for stability and well-being.  

VLN goes beyond the direct provision of services to assess community need, identify community resources and, through strategic partnerships and public policy advocacy, craft programs as solutions to help meet the most pressing legal needs of people in poverty living in Minnesota.

Ruling Year

1966

Executive Director

Thomas Walsh

Main Address

600 Nicollet Mall Ste 390A

Minneapolis, MN 55402 USA

Keywords

legal, law, pro bono, lawyers, civil

EIN

41-0988459

 Number

5673166727

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Legal Services (I80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

People in poverty with legal problems who need legal help to protect their basic human needs.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Spanish Legal Services

Bankruptcy/Consumer

Housing Law Program

Family Law Program

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Increase number of services and increase number of clients in a better position in life.

1. Improve clinic services.
2. Improve phone services.
3. Improve extended services.
4. Increase outcomes in housing and criminal expungement programs.

VLN currently has approximately 700 active volunteer legal professionals with access to an additional 8,000 local attorneys from which to recruit. With solid infrastructure already in place and a wide network of support from law firm and corporate legal departments, community partners and bar associations, and an award-winning staff of 23, our capabilities to achieve our goals are deep and strong.

Our goal for progress indicators for year 1 are:

- 850 total volunteers
- 8,000 services delivered
- 60 criminal expungement clients we know are in a better position
- 88 housing clients we know are in a better position

We have just commenced our work on these goals and strategies. Thus far we have created 3 new legal clinics and are actively recruiting for new volunteers.

External Reviews

Financials

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS NETWORK

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity