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Volunteer Lawyers Network

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

Mission Statement
600 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 752-6655
Other Names Used VLN
EIN 41-0988459
Principal Staff Suzanne Pontinen
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 16.675
Number of Volunteers 1,000
Number of Clients Served 8,000
Tags / Keywords law, legal, pro bono, volunteer, attorney, justice
General Information
Board Chair Michael Skoglund
Number of Board Members 28
Board meetings with quorum 12
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 19.75
Major Programs
Volunteer Lawyers Network$867,274
In 2014 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
Continue work on these annual goals (as part of three year strategic plan) 1. Deliver high quality legal services more effectively and to more people in need. 2. Increase our financial and volunteer resources to address the critical legal needs of our community. 3. Strengthen our organizational capacity to meet the challenges ahead.
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.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $795,512 78.8%
Management: $151,389 15%
Fundraising: $63,143 6.3%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $721,925 $729,011 $715,271
Beginning of Year $729,011 $715,271 $608,303
Difference ($7,086) $13,740 $106,968
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $721,925
Based on information provided on 2012 to 2014
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