Mitchell Hamline launches Mobile Law Network

The “Wheels of Justice” will soon be traveling the state of Minnesota to provide free legal assistance.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law has launched a new Mobile Law Network — a red RV specially outfitted to serve as a traveling law office.

“Our intent is to start by working with organizations around the state to increase access to legal services for people in need and to provide our students with even more extensive opportunities for hands-on legal experience,” said Mark C. Gordon, president and dean at Mitchell Hamline.

The vehicle will transport students to support a variety of legal services, focusing primarily in the areas of family law, criminal expungements, and advance health care planning. Students will provide information and assistance to those representing themselves and others who need guidance on legal matters.

The vehicle is equipped with two private office spaces, allowing students to hold two simultaneous confidential meetings with potential clients.

Retired state Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer, chair of the Mitchell Hamline Board of Trustees, said the project reinforces the school’s commitment to the community.

“We are of the community,” said Meyer, a 1983 graduate of the school. “We are for the community. We are the law school that is truly engaged.”

Donations covered the $40,000 cost to buy and retrofit the vehicle.