Since 1993, the Deinard Legal Clinic (formerly the Leonard, Street and Deinard Clinic) has provided pro bono legal services to residents of the Phillips and surrounding neighborhoods of Minneapolis. One of our primary goals is to bridge the gap between the legal needs of an economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse population and the shortage of attorneys available to do this work.
The Legal Clinic is located in the Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) at 2001 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. CUHCC opened its doors in 1966 to provide comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services to those who might not have access to mainstream health care services due to socioeconomic or cultural barriers. Most of the Legal Clinic's cases involve family law issues, such as divorce, parenting time and child support, and housing, immigration, consumer and government benefits matters.
Newly painted mural on external wall of the Community-University HealthCare Center in Minneapolis, where the Deinard Legal Clinic is housed.
Over the last 20 years, the Legal Clinic has handled more than 2,450 matters, provided more than 102,220 hours of service and donated over $21 million in legal services. Now serving more than 100 clients each year, the Legal Clinic recently celebrated its 20th year of service, making a $20,000 donation to the medical clinic’s “Triple Aim Health” program in honor of our medical-legal partnership.
According to Keith Moheban, pro bono volunteer attorney in the Minneapolis office “The Deinard Legal Clinic serves a great role as a 'reality check' for attorneys. It reminds us that practicing law is a privilege that requires responsibility to ensure that everyone has equal access to the law."