LASNEM Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program
May 2021
2021 Pro-Bono At A Glance

LASNEM Senior Staff Attorney, Gwen Updegraff

COVID-19 Aid and Programs

Upcoming CLE Opportunities
2021 LASNEM Pro Bono At A Glance
Residential Evictions During COVID-19
Gwen Updegraff, LASNEM Senior Staff Attorney, explains what every attorney should know about residential evictions during COVID-19. This article is not a primer on landlord-tenant law; it is intended to inform an immediate response to a client seeking help with residential eviction. Read more.
Law Library Resources for Pro Bono Attorneys

Public law libraries are eager to assist attorneys who volunteer their time to assist those in need. Library support may involve access to helpful legal research resources, especially for the attorney who takes pro bono clients with issues outside the attorney’s practice area. Find the full list here.
COVID-19 Current Programs and Resources

COVID 19 Emergency Rental Assistance is available to Minnesotans struggling to pay their rent and utility bills because of the pandemic. People can apply today at or call 211 with questions. 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
Upcoming CLE Opportunities

Did you know that under Minnesota law a prosecutor can initiate expungement or sealing of a defendant’s criminal records? Did you know that if a prosecutor initiates an expungement action, there will be no court hearing and the defendant need not pay a court filing fee?
This CLE will highlight current efforts that are being made throughout Minnesota by prosecuting authorities to make it easier for defendants to expunge or seal their criminal records, which often present barriers to securing employment and rental housing.
This CLE will also present an overview of the prosecutor-led expungement process and what information defendants need to provide to a prosecutor’s office when seeking to engage in this process. Presenter: Nilushi S. Ranaweera, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Minnesota Attorney General. Click here to register for free!

Serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec,
Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis counties.