Volunteer With Us

Washington County Law Library offers three legal clinics: Family, Civil and Criminal. By filling out the ATTORNEY AGREEMENT form and, for CLE credit, the AFFIDAVIT OF PRO BONO REPRESENTATION form, you agree to consult with and represent patrons of the library with legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonable necessary (Rule 1.1 of the Minnesota Rules of Profession Conduct).

CLE Credit by Volunteering

Effective July 1, 2008, attorneys can receive CLE credit for pro bono work.  The CLE for Pro Bono Rule is primarily administered by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Under the rule, only pro bono work done through an "approved legal services provider" is eligible for CLE credit.  The rule defines an "approved legal services provider" as:

An organization funded by the Legal Services Corporation or the Minnesota Legal Services Advisory Committee (the CLE Board Website includes links to lists of organizations that are eligible under this part of the rule), OR

An organization designated by the Minnesota Legal Services Advisory Committee.  Eligibility for designation is limited to:

  • programs providing pro bono legal representation within 501(c)(3) organizations that have as their primary purpose the furnishing of legal services to persons with limited means;
  • law firms, law libraries or bar associations that conduct programs that have as their primary purpose the furnishing of legal services to persons with limited means and are under the supervision of a pro bono coordinator or designated lawyer;
  • law firms that provide pro bono legal services on behalf of a Minnesota Judicial Branch program, including but not limited to, the Guardian ad Litem Program.

If an organization is not an "approved legal services provider" under the first part of the rule but meets the criteria under the second part of the rule, an Application for Designation as Approved Legal Services Provider may be submitted to the Legal Services Advisory Committee.

Washington County Law Library is approved under Rule 2.B. as eligible for CLE credit for qualifying pro bono work on July 1st, 2013

For every 6 hours of volunteer work that an attorney does at Washington County Law Library qualifies them for 1 CLE Credit.

Interested?

Contact us by calling 651-430-6330 or email LawLibrary@co.washington.mn.us for more information. We would love to have you.