Volunteer Lawyers Network

Mission Statement

Protect and promote the basic human needs of people in poverty through the power of legal volunteers.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In 2017 VLN provided over 9,000 legal services to more than 7,800 people experiencing poverty, impacting more than 21,000 household members. Reported outcomes included being able to pay for daily necessities, being in a better position to keep or find a job, being in a better position to keep or find housing, having improved housing conditions, being physically safer and having an improved quality of life.
Current Goals Annual goals (as part of three-year strategic plan): 1. Increase number of legal services delivered to more people in need. 2. Increase the percentage of clients who have stabilized or improved life circumstances. A focus of this year's plan is telephone and remote advice services.
Community or Constituency Served Low-income and disadvantaged Minnesotans.
Geographic Area Served Varies by the service provided. We primarily serve the residents of Hennepin County, but we also have targeted programs that serve residents across Minnesota.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 10/16/2018

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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600 Nicollet Mall #390A #390A
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: 612-752-6655
Website: www.vlnmn.org

General Information

Alternative Name: Volunteer Lawyers Network, LTD VLN
EIN: 41-0988459
Principal Staff: Thomas Walsh
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 20.5
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 7800
Ruling Year: 1966


Board Chair: Dan Herber
Number of Board Members: 27
Board Meetings with Quorum: 6
Average Member Attendance: 20.3

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