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Resources for Legal Clinics. BEGIN. This 30-question exercise on online legal resources is designed for those who wish to test and/or improve their knowledge about the resources we provide to help our volunteers quickly find the law and facts that will support high quality legal services.

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resources for legal clinics

Resources for Legal Clinics

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This 30-question exercise on online legal resources is designed for those who wish to test and/or improve their knowledge about the resources we provide to help our volunteers quickly find the law and facts that will support high quality legal services.

There are also explanations for each answer to the exercise after each question- check them out for additional information!

You may also wish to view our training videos on this page: http://www.volunteerlawyersnetwork.org/resources/CA

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Question 1:

  • What website is designed to help low income Minnesotans?

A: ProJusticeMN.org

B: MNCourts.gov

C: LawHelpMN.org

D: Google.com

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  • LawHelpMN.org managed by the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, has a wealth of legal information and referrals.
  • Clinic assistants should familiarize themselves with this site and educate volunteer attorneys about it whenever possible.

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Question 2:

  • What is a fact sheet and when would you use it?

A: A brief explanation of the law around a certain issue to assist attorneys in becoming familiar with the law quickly.

B: The form a client completes when he or she wishes to see an attorney at the legal advice clinics.

C: A document used in court that summarizes all of the stipulated facts in a case.

D: A brief overview of VLN’s mission statement and how its legal advice clinics are run.

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  • The fact sheet is a form, updated by Legal Aid on an annual basis, for clinic attorneys to use that summarizes the law quickly and in language most clients can understand. They are extremely useful to clinic attorneys.

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Question 3:

  • What VLN webpage lists most of the resources a clinics attorney would find helpful?

A: www.volunteerlawyersnetwork.org/volunteer

B: www.voluneteerlawyersnetwork.org/volunteer/clinic

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  • This page on the VLN website lists most of the resources from legal aid fact sheets to the VLC wiki to the link to look up a court record.
  • Clinic assistants should familiarize themselves with this site and educate volunteer attorneys around it whenever possible.

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Question 4:

  • What is the VLN wiki?

A: Created by a group of librarians and Westlaw, it provides 300 minutes a month of access to Westlaw databases for pro bono attorneys with an approved user name and password

B: Created by a group of librarians, it includes an option by which an attorney may submit a question and librarians will submit an answer. It provides online access to most VLN resources, some of which are password protected .

C: Created by a group of librarians, it includes a chat feature by which librarians and volunteer law students will conduct immediate research for volunteer attorneys.

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  • VLC wiki includes form letters and court forms developed especially for clinic attorneys.
  • Clinic assistants should familiarize themselves with this site and educate volunteer attorneys whenever possible.
  • The username to access the site is: VLNClinic and the password is: 600nicollet.

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Question 5:

  • True or False: There is a link to the VLC wiki from VLN’s website?

A: True.

B: False.

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  • Most sites that a clinics attorney would frequently use are listed on this VLN webpage.

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Question 6:

  • What legal aid fact sheet would you give a client whose wages have been garnished to pay a debt?

A: Landlord Tenant.

B: Garnishment and your rights.

C: Consumer Fact Sheet.

D: Credit and Credit Reports.

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  • On LawHelpMN.org select Consumer and Debt then Debt and Garnishment and choose Fact Sheet C-4.
  • This provides information about wage garnishment to satisfy debts.

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Question 7:

  • What does the "get legal help" tab on the LawHelpMN.org website do?

A: Connect the individual to the legal aid website.

B: List agencies who provide legal services by zip code and type of area.

C: Connect the individual with a chat function at the state self help center.

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  • This tab is designed to help a person or his/her advocate find a legal aid office or community resource that may be able to help him/her with a civil legal problem.

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Question 8:

  • Is LawHelpMN.org available in Spanish, Somali and Tagalog?

A: Yes.

B: No.

C: English only.

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  • While the resources that are in English are almost completely available in Spanish and Somali, there is a wealth of information available in other languages: Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, French, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Oromo, Punjabi, Russian, Serbo/Croatian, Swahili, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.

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Question 9:

  • Once you are in a legal topic, what tab do you follow to find court forms on LawHelpMN.org?

A: Consumer Debt Fact Sheet

B: Self Help Forms Tab

C: Library Link

D : Court Info Tab

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  • This Self Help tab provides the forms needed for a particular topic should a person wish to do-it-yourself.

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Question 10:

  • True or False: The "Court Info" tab will give court information for any court in the country.

A: True.

B: False.

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  • The Court info tab will give court information for any court in the state.

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Question 11:

  • True or False: ProJusticeMN is a poverty law resource for pro bono and legal services practitioners, law students and faculty.

A: True.

B: False.

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  • ProJusticeMN was developed to help attorneys while LawHelpMN was designed to help laypersons. Both can be extremely helpful to attorneys.

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Question 12:

  • True or False: LawHelpMNandProJusticeMN require a username and password to access some parts of the sites.

A: True

B: False

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  • ProJusticeMNdoes require a username and password to access some parts of the site. Private attorneys are approved to use the site, if they do pro bono, in order to restrict the use of resources for their intended purpose (to help those in poverty).
  • LawHelpMN does not require a password-it is open to everyone.

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Question13:

  • What is the Minnesota Courts Website?

A: www.mncourts.gov

B: www.minnesotacourts.org

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www.mncourts.gov

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Question 14:

  • Can you access court records and dockets from this site?

A: Yes.

B: No.

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  • Most court records can be accessed online. Select the "Find Court records" tab at the top of the main page, then click on "access trial court records." You will then be prompted to accept the terms of use and then will be redirected to the page in which you may enter search terms.

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Question 15:

  • Can you find conciliation court records on the site listed in the previous question?

A: Yes.

B: No.

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  • Conciliation court cases are now listed on this same page.

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Question 16:

  • Can you find an Answer form on the courts site?

A: Yes.

B: No.

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  • Yes, by selecting "court forms" from the menu on the left side of the main page.

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Question 17:

  • What resources are available from the 4th District's self-help link?

A: Family Law.

B: Criminal Expungement.

C: Landlord Tenant.

D: Conciliation Court.

E: All of the above.

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  • The courts webpage is another excellent resource that clinic assistants should take time to familiarize themselves with and, when possible, teach to the volunteer lawyers.

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Question 18:

  • True or False: There is a wide selection of civil forms on the 4th Judicial District court forms site as well as the state-wide forms site.

A: True.

B: False.

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  • When looking for a court form, it's best to start with the Fourth Judicial District page and then check out the state page. An efficient way to do this is from the VLN webpage noted above.

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Question 19:

  • True or False: There are links to specific courts within the 4th Judicial District's website.

A: True.

B: False.

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  • The left-hand side of this site includes family court, conciliation court, probate court, criminal court and more.

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Question 20:

  • VLN’s website offers which of the following resources?

A: Clinic specific resources.

B: Orientation materials.

C: Webinars.

D: All of the above.

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  • All of the materials on the VLN website are accessible by anyone.

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Question 21:

  • True or False: The University of Minnesota Law Library website offers links to local and state government websites.

A: True.

B: False.

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  • True; by accessing their website individuals who are non-students or non-faculty can click on the tab at the top of the page that says U of M-TC Community, then click on Research Resources.
  • From that link, he/she can click onto Law-Related Web Resources and find the links to local and state government websites.

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Question 22:

  • Where can a person go to file a consumer complaint?

A: www.mncourts.gov

B: www.ag.state.mn.us

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  • This is the Minnesota Attorney General's website. It provides information on filing a complaint.

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Question 23:

  • Can you file a complaint online at the Minnesota Attorney General's website?

A: Yes.

B: No.

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  • Yes; from the home page, by clicking on the tab entitled Complaint Form, a person wishing to file online can follow the instructions to download a form and file online.

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Question 24:

  • True or False: Clients can find and lay claim to unclaimed property on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

A: True.

B: False.

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  • By visiting the Dept of Commerce's website and clicking the Unclaimed Property tab and then the link for List of Names, an individual can find unclaimed property by searching under a person's name here.
  • To claim property, click the link entitled Filing a Claim Form.

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Question 25:

  • What is the website for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry?

A: www.dli.mn.gov

B: www.mnlabor.gov

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  • www.dli.mn.gov
  • Is the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website.

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Question 26:

  • What is the current federal minimum wage?

A: $5.85/hr

B: $6.55/hr

C: $6.85/hr

D: $7.25/hr

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  • The federal minimum wage, as of July 24, 2009, is $7.25.

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Question 27:

  • What is the purpose of the Contractor Recovery Fund?

A: To compensate owners who had a contractor perform work for which they feel they should not have to pay.

B: To compensate owners who have suffered an actual loss due to the dishonesty of a licenses contractor.

C: To compensate contractors who have performed services for which they have not been paid by owners.

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  • The Contractor Recovery Fund compensates owners or lessees of residential property in Minnesota who have suffered an actual and direct out-of-pocket loss due to a licensed contractor's fraudulent, deceptive or dishonest practices, conversion of funds or failure of performance.

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Question 28:

  • Does the client need a judgment first before making a claim to the contractor recovery fund?

A: Yes.

B: No.

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  • A client must exhaust all other possible legal remedies before making a claim with the recovery fund. The first step is for a client to obtain a judgment.

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Question 29:

  • Where do you find information for a client who needs to get a certificate of rent paid?

A: MN Department of Labor.

B: MN Department of Revenue.

C: MN 4th Judicial District.

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  • By visiting the Minnesota Department of Revenue's website a client can find information on getting a CRP by clicking on the Individual Income Tax link, then Refunds, then Property Tax Refund ,then Renters Refund finally, the hyperlink Certificate of Rent Paid.

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Question 30:

  • Where can you find information on mechanic's liens?

A: MN Department of Labor.

B: MN Department of Revenue.

C: MN Attorney General’s Office.

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  • The Minnesota AG's website includes a PDF entitled "Citizen's Guide to Home Building and Remodeling" which includes information about mechanic's liens.

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