Volunteer Opportunities

posted Oct 15, 2010, 10:49 AM by Web Master   [ updated Oct 15, 2010, 10:49 AM ]

I hope that the semester is going well for you!  I am writing to let you know about two volunteer opportunities that might work well with your schedule.
1.       Tenants in Foreclosure
Great opportunity to get directly involved in the community! Law student volunteers needed to educate and inform Hennepin County renters in foreclosed properties of their rights. A door-knocking campaign across the county will take place November 3rd through November 5th, from 5pm to 8pm in the evening.
Students will be trained on canvassing and substantive mortgage law before being teamed up with other students and sent into the field with detailed maps. Students may volunteer for one, two, or all three evenings. A mandatory training session will occur from 4pm to 5pm on November 1st at the University of St. Thomas Law School.
2.       Election Protection
Volunteers will be asked to sign-up for a 4-5 hour shift on Election Day (November 2) either answering calls from voters at a call center (which will be held at Dorsey & Whitney’s offices in downtown Minneapolis) or visiting polling places (paired with a volunteer attorney) to assist voters and monitor the election process for irregularities.

Volunteers will attend a 90 minute training on election law. There are two trainings available:
October 20 11:00am - 1:00pm, Dorsey & Whitney, Suite 1500, 50 S. 6th St., Minneapolis
October 23 10:00 am -12:00 pm, William Mitchell College of Law, Room 125, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in either of these opportunities, or if you would like more information about them.
I am very happy to meet and talk with you about finding other volunteer opportunities that will work well with your schedule.  If it is not convenient for you to come to my office during the week, I am also happy to arrange a time to talk over the phone.
Thank you,

Sara J. Schwebs
Minnesota Justice Foundation
Staff Attorney
Hamline University School of Law
Office Hours:  9am to 3pm