The Minnesota State Law Library offers self-help clinics to assist those navigating the appeals process. Details about each of these clinics is provided below.
Appeals Self-Help Clinic
- The clinic will be scheduled once per month (on the 3rd Thursday, 1:30pm-4:30pm) at the State Law Library in St. Paul.
- The clinic is a walk-in clinic. First come, first served. If time runs out, it is possible that some people who attend will not be able to meet with an attorney. Clinic customers may check-in beginning at 1:00pm on the day of the clinic. Arriving prior to 1:00pm does not guarantee you a particular position on the sign up list.
- Limited telephone attendance will be available for those not able to travel to St. Paul.
- This is a brief advice clinic for people who are representing themselves. The clinic attorney is not required to represent you in your case.
- There is no income-qualification required for attendance.
- Clinic customers should bring any paperwork they have that is related to their case.
- IMPORTANT: Attending the clinic does not extend your time to appeal.
- Appeals Clinic Handout (pdf)
For more information: 651-297-7651 or email.
Help with the Process and Procedure
Attorneys will be available to help self-represented litigants understand the rules and procedures the appellate court requires.
Possible help may include:
- what papers to file
- fee waivers
- appellate briefs
- serving the other party
- what the court will review
This is a joint initiative of the Appellate Practice Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minnesota State Law Library. Clinic attorneys are volunteers and are not endorsed or approved by the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Unemployment Appeal Legal Advice Clinic
- This brief advice clinic is for people who have been denied unemployment benefits and have exhausted their appeal options with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This means you have already had a hearing with the Unemployment Law Judge and have also requested a reconsideration and it has been denied.
- BEFORE you file an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, you can attend the clinic and get advice about how to proceed.
- Please be aware that the clinic attorney will need to review the initial decision and order denying reconsideration from the Unemployment Law Judge. Details on how to provide this will be given when you make your appointment.
- This is a brief advice clinic for people who are representing themselves. The clinic attorney is not obligated to represent you in your case.
- IMPORTANT: Making an appointment for the clinic does not extend your time to appeal.
- Unemployment Clinic Handout (pdf)
Clinic Location and Times
- Telephone clinic. 2nd Thursday of the month* - 1:00pm-3:00pm
- The phone clinic involves a 30 minute consultation with an attorney over the phone. The attorney will call the clinic customer at a set time.
- In-person clinic. 4th Thursday of the month* - 1:00pm-4:00pm
- The clinic will be held at the Minnesota State Law Library, located inside the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul. People who attend the in-person clinic will meet with an attorney for 30 minutes to discuss the merits of their case. Next, they will meet with a law student or librarian for 15 minutes to review the appeal forms.
*Clinic dates may vary due to holidays.
Call for an appointment: You must make an appointment through the Minnesota State Law Library in order to attend either clinic. Please call 651-297-7651.This clinic is a joint initiative of the Minnesota State Law Library and the Labor and Employment Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Clinic attorneys are volunteers and are not endorsed or approved by the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
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