Minneapolis (4-14-06): -- A free “Ask-A-Lawyer” event will be available to the public on Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4 as part of the nationally-observed Law Week. Attorneys will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at the Minneapolis Urban League, located at 2100 Plymouth Avenue North.
Individuals can come with their general legal questions and meet with a lawyer for a 15-minute consultation, free of charge. The “Ask-A-Lawyer” consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and no reservations are accepted. Paralegal volunteers will provide information on legal resources in the community and general information about legal procedures. Other printed information on legal concerns and legal resources will also be available.
The Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) and the Minnesota Paralegal Association sponsor “Ask-A-Lawyer” each year in celebration of Law Day (May 1), an annual observance, established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 as a means of strengthening the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law. The HCBA makes Law Day, and the week in which it falls, a focus for its community service and legal education programs.
The Hennepin County Bar Association is the largest of Minnesota's 21 county bar associations and represents almost half of Minnesota's attorneys. It is one of the 10 largest local bar associations in the United States. The association works to ensure fairness and accessibility to the legal system by promoting public understanding and by working with the courts to improve the administration of justice.