Appeals Clinic now with Extended Hours

The Appeals Clinic sponsored by the Minnesota State Law Library has extended its clinic hours. and now will run from 1:30pm-4:30pm starting on January 19, 2017.  The clinic typically is held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the State Law Library. In addition, a limited number of phone appointments are available for those who cannot travel to St. Paul.

The Appeals Clinic helps self-represented litigants with the rules and procedures required by the Court of Appeals.  Volunteer attorneys can help with questions relating to:

  • deadlines
  • what papers to file
  • fee waivers
  • motions
  • appellate briefs
  • service of process
  • what the court will review

To get help from the clinic, customers can sign up for a time to meet with an attorney starting at 1:00 the day of the clinic.  For self-represented litigants unable to travel to St. Paul, there is limited telephone service.  Please call the State Law Library for more information at 651-297-7651.

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Legal Happenings: Radio for Wright County

On Sunday mornings, you are invited to listen to Legal Happenings on KRWC 1360 AM, Radio for Wright County, where you can listen and learn about our law libraries.  During this program you can listen to:

  • Important legal commentaries by 10th District Judge Steve Halsey
  • Judge Gregory Galler of Stillwater provide practical and useful knowledge
  • Commentary by Kurtis Beckman highlight cases on his segment “It’s the Law in Minnesota”

You can also learn about free law clinics and legal services for Veterans, Senior citizens, and parents.  Hear about helpful organizations that can help with Crisis Nurseries, Divorce Support Groups, Domestic Violence help, as well as consumer information  on grief counseling, and references to legal aid organizations, agencies, volunteer attorneys and more.

This program is hosted by Sherburne and Wright County (retired) law librarian John Cooley as a public service to inform and educate listeners on Self Help Court Forms, Court Rules, Procedures and various Legal Resources.

Civic Groups, Law Firms, Public Libraries etc. encouraged to send legal announcements to to KRWC radio at info@krwc or

Knowledge is Power.  *  Francis Bacon

An appreciation for volunteers

On Wednesday, the State Law Library held a reception to celebrate the volunteers who staff the Appeals Self-Help Clinic.

Chief Justice Gildea addressed the crowd at the State Law Library to thank the attorney and librarian volunteers of the Appeals Self-Help Clinic, which started in January 2016. Attendees included clinic volunteers, and members of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Minnesota Court of Appeals.

The brief advice clinic helps self-represented litigants understand the rules and procedures the appellate courts require.  The clinic was created through a partnership with the Appellate Practice Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minnesota State Law Library.



Family Law Clinics at the Anoka County Law Library for 2017

The Anoka Family Law Clinic provides lawyers who may be able to review your legal papers, answer questions about the law, and advise you about court procedures.

The attorneys can advise you about family law issues, such as divorces, orders for protection, child support, spousal maintenance, custody matters and parenting time (visitation).

The clinics are held twice a month at the Anoka County Law Library (within the courthouse) located at 325 East Main Street Anoka, MN 55030.  To make an appointment please call the law library at (763) 422-7487.  For exact dates of the clinics, see below, or download the flyer with all the information about the clinic.

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New Clinics to start Polk County on December 1.

In a joint venture, the Polk County Law Library Board and Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota established the Polk County Self-Help Clinic on December 1.

The clinic is located in the Polk County Justice Center, Courthouse Law Library, 2nd Floor, 816 Marin Ave. in Crookston. An attorney will be available to provide personalized help, free of charge. The clinic is open the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. If necessary, an appointment can be made in advance to meet individualized needs by calling Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota at 1-800-450-8585 or 218-233-8585.

An article from the Crookston Times about the new clinic can be found here:

Minnesota earns national grant to enhance access to justice system

Minnesota has been selected as one of seven states that will receive a grant from the Justice for All Project, a national initiative aimed at improving access to the civil justice system.

The grants will support each state awardee in forming partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in the civil justice community and beyond to develop state assessments and strategic action plans in order to implement Resolution 5 on Meaningful Access to Justice for All passed by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators.

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