The Clarion
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Call for Justice

Vol. 3, No. 2
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Thoughts & Words 
Ellie Krug (Executive Director)

   

Dear Friends, Supporters, and Colleagues:

  

Whew! Double whew!

 

That's all I could think at 9:33 p.m. on April 10 as the crowd dwindled at the Illusion Theater following a magnificent performance by Well-Strung. It had been a very stress-filled, emotional day on top of similarly stress and emotion-filled weeks leading up to the event.

 

Still, your Call for Justice staff (all two of us) carried on and I'm delighted to say we succeeded!

 

Our first fundraiser not only ended with us in the black, but it helped to increase both our institutional and individual donor bases. Most importantly, the event put C4J on the map--the one recurring word voiced to me in the Illusion lobby post-performance was "home run!"

 

That night, we reached more than 180 people with our message about helping low-income people bridge the Justice Gap to reach legal resources in times of great need. Indeed, the stress of putting on a fundraiser is nothing compared to what a mother with two children faces when at risk of losing their apartment or health insurance.

 

One other word stands out from the fundraiser--passion. The event reinvigorated our passion about closing the Justice Gap in the Twin Cities. I'm happy to say that as a result of our efforts that night, there now are a few more people passionate like us.

 

Thanks to our sponsors (identified elsewhere in this newsletter), our board, and all of the volunteers who worked to make the fundraiser a success!

 

 

 

 

ellie

In This Issue
Friends
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C4J's Legal Clinics List
We do our best to maintain an up-to-date listing of Twin Cities legal clinics listed by legal topic. Feel free to direct clients seeking legal resources to the existing list. If you host a clinic and would like to have it listed, please contact Emily Lindholm.
C4J Welcomes Three New Members to the Board of Directors!

As of March 2013, we are pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Call for Justice Board of Directors:      

 

Jim Long is a shareholder in the firm of Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association. He is chair of the firm's Antitrust, Franchise and Distribution Practice Group, and a former director of the firm. Jim is also in charge of Briggs and Morgan's pro bono programs. Jim has more than 30 years of experience in his practice areas, and received his B.A. with honors in economics from the University of Chicago. He received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota. Jim practiced at Winston & Strawn in Chicago before joining Briggs in 1987.
    

 

Peter Michaud is a partner at the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum in the firm's Minneapolis office.  Peter has been with Lindquist & Vennum since 1997, when he graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School.  He was recently elected to a three-year term on the managing board of the firm. He mainly practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions as well as financing, recapitalization, roll-up and similar transactions with a specific focus on transactions for private equity funds.

 

 

Tom Tinkham is currently of counsel at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. He previously acted as chair of the 30-lawyer Commercial Litigation practice group, and was also a 15-year member of the Management Committee. In addition to representative litigation, Tom has been deeply involved with community and civic activities and organizations as a founder, chair, and board member. Tom received his B.S. with honors from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Our First Fundraiser: A Night with Well-Strung!             

 

After two nights of festivities, months of preparation, and almost $20,000 raised, we are happy to report that our first-annual fundraiser, "A Night with Well-Strung," was an immense success!

 

At 7:00 p.m. on April 10, 182 people entered the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis and were greeted with a warm welcome by Call for Justice chair Paul Floyd (Wallen-Friedman & Floyd, P.A.) and C4J executive director Ellie Krug.  

 

Both parties expressed their elation at the turnout, extended their gratitude to those in the audience, and also thanked the generous sponsors who made the event possible: Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Lindquist & Vennum LLP, Chestnut Cambronne PA, Boston Scientific, and Brending Electrolysis.

 

Other stars of the evening were Tom Tinkham (Dorsey & Whitney), Ami ElShareif (Robins, Kaplan) and Hawi Baisa (Jeremiah Program), who spoke briefly about their professional involvement with Call for Justice, and highlighted some of the program initiatives that took place over the past 28 months of C4J's existence. This included facilitation of the Jeremiah Collaboration, in which C4J worked with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, and Lindquist & Vennum to help secure legal assistance for the clients of the Jeremiah Program, a nonprofit seeking to end intergenerational poverty for mothers and their children.

 

When Well-Strung took the stage at 7:30 p.m., performers Edmund, Chris, Daniel, and Trevor delighted the audience with arrangements of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone," a tribute to Whitney Houston with "I Will Always Love You," and more. Their enthusiasm and charisma carried them through an hour-long performance, and they finished to a large round of applause and an even larger "thank you" from Call for Justice.

 

As the program came to a close, Ellie spoke briefly about the immense distance that Call for Justice has traveled as an organization since opening its doors in December 2011, and made clear her enthusiasm to grow the nonprofit as it continues to do more to close the Justice Gap. With the initial "start-up" grants and funding coming to a close at the end of 2014, C4J makes the transition to relying on smaller community grants, organizational funding and, most importantly, individual donations. 

 

C4J finished out the night with a post-reception "meet and greet" with the cast of Well-Strung who, when they weren't busy signing their debut CD's, found time to take pictures with their fans--including Call for Justice!   


"On the Horizon"

May 15 & 16: 2-1-1 training on "Understanding Minnesota Legal Advice Online" with State Support Supervising Attorney, Mary Kaczorek. As always, trainings are open to the public, but we ask that you send your RSVP to Emily at at least one week before the trainings are scheduled to take place.
  
June 16: C4J holds the second annual "C4J Lunch & Learn" with the staff of Greater Twin Cities United Way. 

June 26: Our 8th Legal Liaison Program meeting will take place on Thursday, June 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Greater Twin Cities United Way building in downtown Minneapolis. There is no charge to attend this event. Please send your RSVP to Emily.

July 16 & 17: C4J celebrates its 20th 2-1-1 training session with United Way.   
*2-1-1 video views up from 1,120 views in August 2013!
C4J's 2-1-1 Collaboration Featured in the Star Tribune
  
C4J's latest press came straight from the Star Tribune on February 20th, and we can't help but be proud of such a great article!

Gail Rosenblum's article "2-1-1 Responds to Growing Need for Legal Help" highlighted the collaboration between Call for Justice and 2-1-1 as an innovative way to address the approximately 35,000 legal needs calls to Twin Cities 2-1-1 Information & Referral Specialists every year.

This article came out in conjunction with United Way's "2-1-1 Day" celebration on February 11, 2014, in which Call for Justice helped facilitate a screening of American Winter, a documentary about Portland's own 2-1-1 system and the lives positively impacted by the availability of referral resources.

Click here to read the article in its entirety!  
Cheat Sheet Updates: Please Let Us Know!

We are looking to update our "Legal Resources Cheat Sheet" this May, and would love to hear about any changes to clinic schedules, intake hours, location changes, etc that have occured since November. Take a look at our current "Cheat Sheet" to make sure your organization's information is up to date!

Here are a few recent changes:
  • VLN Intake Hours Change: As of April 1, the intake hours at the Volunteer Lawyers Network are now on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Here are recent additions to the Cheat Sheet:  


Meeting of the Seventh Legal Liaison Program: Minnesota Legal Advice Online and STEP-UP Achieve

The seventh meeting of the Legal Liaison Program was held on February 13, 2014 at the Greater Twin Cities United Way headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, with a focus on two great initiatives: the pending launch of Minnesota Legal Advice Online, and the youth programming that is being offered by STEP-UP Achieve.  

 

Supervising Attorney Mary Kaczorek presented on the exciting release of State Support's latest project, Minnesota Legal Advice Online (MLAO), which will serve as an online platform connecting lawyers with individuals up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to provide civil legal advice. Using a web-based forum, clients will be able to enter a legal question into the MLAO system. Volunteer attorneys will then have the freedom to screen the questions and choose those they feel comfortable answering. Volunteer attorneys can also sign up for email notifications when a new question is asked in their chosen area of law.

 

Adrienne Smith, from the latest addition to our Legal Liaison Program, AchieveMPLS, also provided an informative presentation. Adrienne presented on the programming and initiatives of AchieveMPLS and STEP-UP Achieve, which seek to serve as a "bridge between MPS (Minnesota Public Schools) and our broader community." STEP-UP Achieve works with organizations in the Minneapolis area who are open to host willing, motivated and capable STEP-UP Achieve interns over the summer. If your organization has the capacity to take on an intern this summer, or an interest to learn more about the program requirements, click here.  

 

C4J's Legal Liaison Program is currently up to 53 participating legal and social service organizations. Those who attend these free, fun, and informative events also participate in an hour of "speed networking" with attendees--a unique opportunity to meet community members and seek collaborations!    

 

The next LLP meeting will take place on June 26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to send their RSVP's to Emily at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org.
C4J Intern, Ella Washington, is Graduating!

 

We're sad to say goodbye to our latest intern, Ella Washington. Ella came to Call for Justice in February 2014 with an interest in criminal law, and is currently enrolled at MCTC pursuing an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.

 

We would like to thank her for being such an asset to our team, and we wish her all of the best as she graduates this May and begins to pursue a bachelor's degree in Sociology.  

 

Thank you, Ella!!! 

Thank you for supporting the work and mission of Call for Justice, LLC!
Ellen (Ellie) Krug
Executive Director
ellen.krug@callforjustice.org

Emily Lindholm
Program Manager
emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org
Call for Justice, LLC
608 2nd Ave South, Suite 465
P.O. Box 2380
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-4000
callforjustice.org

Board of Directors
Paul Floyd, Richard Kyle Jr., Mike Unger, Cheryl Dalby, Charlie Clippert, Tom Fraser, Jim Long, Peter Michaud, Duane Stanley, Tom Tinkham and Mary-Margaret Zindren.

Donors & Friends

F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Ramsey County Bar Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A., Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A., Barry, Slade, & Wheaton, LLC, Bassford Remele, A Professional Association, Best & Flanagan LLP, Briggs and Morgan, A Professional Association, Chestnut Cambronne PA, Cooper & Reid, LLC, Cousineau McGuire, Chartered, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Fish & Richardson P.C., Foley & Mansfield, PLLP, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Gray Plant Mooty, Henson & Efron, P.A., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd., Larson King, LLP, Leonard, Street and Deinard Foundation, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan, & Peterson, P.A., Lindquist & Vennum LLP, Maslon Edelman Borman and Brand, LLP, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A., Merchant & Gould, Moss & Barnett, A Professional Association, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., Unger Law Office, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP, Vicki and Richard Carlson, Emily Cooper, David Couillard, John Daly, Martha Delaney, Paul Dieseth, Liz and Brian Dillon, Al and Ellen Fisher, Paul and Donna Floyd, Donald and Arvonne Fraser, Sara Galligan, Beth Garland, Elise Ginsburg, Jayne and Frank Harris, Catharine Haukedahl, Jacquelyn "Jacq" Hauser, Amy Walsh Kern, Ellen Krug, Mark Krug, Erin and Brian Lindholm, John Medeiros, Alan Miller, Kathy Moran, Ari Murphy, Jean Nead, Gary Pederson, Kelly Phillips, David Piper, David Potter, Jill Prohofsky, Paul Quast, Thea Reilkoff, Liz Reppe, Brent Routman, Joseph Satter, Dennis Tharp, Tom Tinkham, Mike Unger, Mary Vasaly, Ella Washington, Paul Wehrwein, and Jodi Williams.

Released on May 1, 2014
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