The purpose of the clinic is to assist self-represented litigants with limited means in Washington County with legal information and advice so that they can successfully pursue their claims through the judicial system. Litigants can receive a free 30-minute consultation from a volunteer attorney, who can offer advice and legal assistance regarding matters such as:
Any resident of Washington County may use the clinic, or anyone who has a case pending in Washington County can make an appointment to see an attorney at the clinic. The clinic is limited to people who are at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see Appendix for current chart). These guidelines can also be found online at ProJusticeMN.org http://www.projusticemn.org/library/attachment.249256
The Legal Advice Clinics are able to serve residents whose annual income is at 300% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as found at 79 Federal Register 3593, January 22, 2014.
Patrons who see an attorney at the clinic can have one appointment per issue in a six month time period. Exceptions to this rule are determined by the law library on a case by case basis or made at the request of the volunteer attorney, again on a case by case basis.
Patrons who schedule an appointment, do not show up for appointments, and do not contact the library to let the library know they are going to miss the appointment can make one more appointment. If the patron misses the second appointment without contacting the library before missing the appointment, the library reserves the right to not schedule the patron for any new appointments for six months. This restriction only applies to patrons who do not contact the library before missing their scheduled appointment.
The Legal Advice Clinics are held in the law library, located on the first floor of the Washington County Courthouse. The street address is:
Washington County Law Library
14949 62nd St. N
Stillwater, MN, 55082
There are no clinics on days where the library is closed (e.g., holidays, building emergencies).