Volunteer Lawyers Network

Mission Statement

We protect and promote the basic needs of people in poverty through the power of legal volunteers.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In 2016 VLN provided over 9,000 legal services to more than 7,500 low-income clients impacting more than 19,000 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. In addition, the legal services provided protected money and/or benefits for the clients in an amount in excess of $10 million.
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.
Community or Constituency Served People in poverty
Geographic Area Served We primarily serve the residents of Hennepin County but also have targeted programs that serve residents on a statewide basis.

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600 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 752-6655
Website: www.vlnmn.org

General Information

Alternative Name: VLN
EIN: 41-0988459
Principal Staff: Suzanne Pontinen
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 20
Volunteers: 1,000
Number of Clients: 8,000
Ruling Year: 1966


Board Chair: Julian Zebot
Number of Board Members: 28
Board Meetings with Quorum: 12
Average Member Attendance: 19.8

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