Pro Bono Partnerships


Gray Plant Mooty partners with numerous organizations in its effort to see that everyone has access to quality legal counsel, including the following:


Advocates for Human Rights

GPM attorneys have partnered with the Advocates for Human Rights to obtain asylum for dozens of clients who are fleeing persecution in their home countries based on their race, religion, gender, political opinion, sexual orientation, or other protected classes.  Thanks to the work of the Advocates and volunteer attorneys at GPM, refugees who would be in danger of imprisonment, torture, or death if they were returned to their home countries are able to create new lives for themselves and their families in the United States.  

Children’s Law Center

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) provides free legal representation to children who are either wards of the state – “legal orphans” – or have been removed from their homes because they are in need of protection.  CLC lawyers and volunteer lawyers advocate each child’s stated interests.  Each child is therefore given his or her own voice apart from the positions advocated from the county or the guardian ad litem.  Since 1995, CLC has trained over 700 volunteer attorneys and represented more than 2,000 children.  In addition, CLC is actively involved in advocacy efforts helping to promote systemic change for vulnerable youth throughout Minnesota.  GPM lawyers have been actively involved with CLC for years as volunteer lawyers representing children.  


GPM attorneys in St. Cloud and Minneapolis have a long-standing relationship with LegalCorps, which provides pro bono assistance to entrepreneurs, innovators, and small nonprofits that need legal help with business transactional matters but cannot afford to pay for that help.  Attorneys assist clients with issues including formation of a business entity, contract review, employment advice, and debt issues, both at clinics where clients can receive brief advice and through full representation of qualifying clients.  

Minnesota AIDS Project

Gray Plant Mooty and the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) have teamed up to provide an estate planning clinic for MAP clients. The clinic serves low-income individuals who are HIV positive, as well as their spouses or significant others. At the clinic, GPM attorneys meet with MAP clients, with assistance provided by law student volunteers, to prepare for the client a basic estate plan at no charge. The plan includes a simple will, health care directive, and power of attorney. These documents are finalized and executed during the clinic meeting. 

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Volunteer Lawyers Network provides free legal services to people in poverty who have problems relating to housing, consumer debts, family relationships, domestic violence, and other issues by partnering with volunteer lawyers.  GPM attorneys spend around 200 hours each year staffing VLN clinics where free legal advice is given to low-income people on housing and other civil legal matters.  Attorneys also assist with full representation in landlord-tenant, debt collection, and other disputes.  

Wills for Heroes

The Wills for Heroes program first started in Columbia, South Carolina after 9/11 and was subsequently launched in Minnesota in 2007.  The program provides first responders (police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and corrections officers) and their spouses or domestic partners with a volunteer attorney to assist in the preparation of wills and other estate planning documents, all free of charge.  Twin Cities-area clinics are held twice a month at various sites throughout the Metro area.  GPM attorneys volunteer with the program and are able to prepare a complete estate planning package for a first responder and his or her spouse or domestic partner in just one meeting.
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Pro Bono Coordinator
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