Working to ensure clients' rights

The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide, regardless of age or income, on legal issues related to their disabilities.

MDLC is the designated Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) for Minnesota and addresses the unique legal needs of Minnesotans with disabilities.

MDLC has four priorities to address the legal needs of clients with disabilities.

MDLC advocates to:

  • Eliminate Abuse and Neglect
  • Increase Integration and Decrease Discrimination
  • Increase Access to Appropriate Services
  • Increase statewide awareness of MDLC as an Advocacy Resource

These four goals are part of MDLC's 5-Year Strategic Plan. To comment on the plan, please send an email to

MDLC Programs

Representative Payee Program

Education and accountability for benefits managers

Transition Youth Program

Advocacy for youth with disabilities

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Celebrating 100 years.

Legal Aid began its second century of service in this community in 2013. Explore highlights of our first century of service here.