MJF Pre-Orientation Service Project

Thanks for your interest in the Minnesota Justice Foundation Pre-Orientation Service Project (POSP)! Please complete this quick form at your earliest to help us figure out which project is best for you. Remember that we will place students at their top choices to the best of our ability and on a first-come, first-serve, best-fit basis.
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    Projects!

    Below is a description of the projects offered for the William Mitchell, Hamline, and University of St Thomas Law School POSP week of August 12 - 16th. Please read the project time commitments and descriptions carefully. Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF), Navigating Public Interest Training: NPI will be held on Monday, August 12th from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul. Intended for all incoming first year students, this training will be a fun, interactive introduction to public interest law and volunteering. All incoming 1Ls are welcome, and this training will launch off the POSP week! FULL! Minnesota State Bar Association: August 12, total time committment from 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm, clinic time from 2:00 - 4:30 at the Mankato Blue Earth County Justice Center. Help pro se family law litigants fill out paperwork for family court. MJF will provide transportation to and from Mankato, leaving from a local law school around noon. This project is full for volunteers. Please do not rank it. LegalCORPS: August 13-14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Conduct client satisfaction survey to help LegalCORPS improve services. There will be time for discussion about law school, legal careers, and about the value of integrating volunteeerism into one's life and career. Legal Services State Support: August 13-16, four hours per day at the offices of Legal Services State Support in St Paul. Student volunteers will reach out, via phone, to prescreened community legal organizations to determine their suitability and desire for inclusion on our civil legal resource website www.LawHelpMN.org. For appropriate and interested organizations, students will create organizational profiles on LawHelpMN.org. Students will also update existing organizations’ information on the site. Student volunteers should be comfortable working online, familiarizing themselves with our website, and talking with community organizations about how they, and the public could benefit from their inclusion on LawHelpMN.org. University Avenue Business Association: August 13-16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at William Mitchell. Law students will analyze foreclosure, bankruptcy, county and business records and other documents to uncover evidence of the impact the Central Corridor (University Avenue) LRT construction project had on small businesses. Larry Peterson (attorney and board member of the University Avenue Betterment Association) and Diane Dube (attorney and director of the William Mitchell Community Development Clinic) will lead students in this project. Law students interested in business law, construction law and federal policy will find this project of interest. HOME Line, Tenants in Foreclosure: August 13-15, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, training at 4:00 pm on August 13 at the University of St. Thomas Law School. Great opportunity to get directly involved in the community! Law student volunteers needed to educate and inform renters in foreclosed properties of their rights. Students will be trained on canvassing and substantive mortgage law before being paired up and sent into the field. HOME Line: August 13-16, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the HOME Line office in Minneapolis and local County District Courts. Students will review rent escrow court files in Hennepin and Ramsey County, note important details about each case (such as whether the tenant and the landlord were represented, the procedural and substantive facts of the case, the outcome and the rational behind the outcome, etc.), and discuss these cases and any questions they have with an attorney. This information will be used to improve the advice given to tenants struggling with repair issues and help tenants maintain safe and stable housing. Students will receive any necessary training. Students should have adequate transportation to travel to local court houses. FULL! Innocence Project of Minnesota: August 13 - 16, five - eight hours per day during business hours at the IPMN office in St Paul, training at 10:00 am on August 13th. Student will assist with a scanning project to move old files into a paperless system. Files consist of correspondence, briefs, reports and work product. This project is full. Please do not rank it.
    LegalCORPS
    Legal Services State Support
    University Avenue Business Association
    HOME Line, Tenants In Foreclosure
    HOME Line
    Minnesota State Bar Association
    Innocence Project of Minnesota
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    Thanks!

    Thanks for your interest in MJF's Pre-Orientation Service Project! As your MJF Staff Attorneys, we are looking forward to meeting you and working with you. If you have any questions about POSP, please email posp@mnjustice.org, or email your MJF Staff Attorney! Sara Schwebs, Staff Attorney and Program Director, Hamline School of Law Megan Sheppard, Staff Attorney, University of St. Thomas Law School Rinal Ray, Staff Attorney, William Mitchell College of Law