History

LegalCORPS is Minnesota’s only statewide business law pro bono program.  It emerged in 2004 as an independent nonprofit organization, following recommendations by a Minnesota State Bar Association-appointed task force formed in 2002.  That task force had conducted thorough research on unmet transactional legal needs of small businesses and small nonprofits in Minnesota.

A number of the members of that task force subsequently became members of LegalCORPS’s founding board of directors.  Some of those founders continue to serve on the board.

It was incorporated in late February 2004.  It received federal tax-exempt status under IRS Code Sec. 501(c)3 later in 2004.  It remains duly registered with the Minnesota Attorney General Office’s Charities Division to solicit funds in Minnesota.

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) task force that created LegalCORPS sought new ways to improve access to free legal services to low-income communities and nonprofits that serve them. The task force convened 39 collaboration partners that represented legal service providers, volunteer lawyer service coordinators, law firms, law schools and technical assistance providers to nonprofits and microenterprises.

After extensive research, the task force published a comprehensive report of its findings.

Since its incorporation in 2004, LegalCORPS has been happy to have its programs and services featured in the local press, including: