The Clarion
A Newsletter from
Call for Justice, LLC

Vol. 4, No. 1  
February 2015
Thoughts & Words 
Ellie Krug (Executive Director)


Dear Friends, Supporters, and Colleagues:


Happy 2015! I hope the year has started off well for you!


For sure, 2015 has already been pretty fantastic for C4J. As you'll see below (and perhaps as some of you are a bit fatigued in hearing about), the American Bar Association has recognized C4J for its work in connecting people with legal resources, naming it the 2015 recipient of the Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access.


As much as that award means, we're seeing firsthand how C4J is making a difference in opening the legal system to people in need. Last month 2,781 people viewed our 211 training videos. I'm repeatedly told that our website ( rocks!  


Even more, our outreach about C4J and community legal resources is skyrocketing--so far in 2015, I've spoken to more than 580 people through presentations.


I continue to be amazed by the void of information relative to resources that exist to help people experiencing legal emergencies. We are doing our best to shrink that void!


Finally, I need to ask for your financial support. C4J is in a critical phase of its existence where money in the bank will make the difference between success and failure. Even $25 or $50 (all donations are tax deductible) will help make the difference!  


Thank you! We couldn't do it without your wonderful support. 




In This Issue
Become a Friend
Support C4J in 2015 by becoming one of C4J's Friends of Justice. Consider a $15 monthly pledge. You'll receive your very own numbered Friend of Justice certificate and our deep appreciation!  
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 Kelly Olmstead to the Board of Directors!  


In January 2015 we welcomed a new member to the Call for Justice Board of Directors:


Kelly Olmstead is a prosecutor in the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, handling a variety of crimes against persons.  She was previously in private civil practice with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.  Kelly has been active with and held leadership roles in several local and national bar associations, and is currently the President-Elect of the Ramsey County Bar Association. She is also an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, where she teaches Representation in the school's new hybrid degree program. She serves as a mentor to both William Mitchell and St. Thomas law students.  Kelly earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law.

Again, welcome Kelly and thank you for your work with C4J!
"On the Horizon"

February 19:
Our tenth Legal Liaison Program meeting will take place on Thursday, February 19 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 at


February 25:
C4J is bringing the LLP to Rochester!
The meeting will take place at United Way of Olmsted County, and is graciously supported by both United Way of Olmsted County and the Rochester Area Foundation. If you would like to RSVP for this meeting, or if you know of organizations that would like more information, please view C4J's informational flyer or email Emily at  

h 12 & 13:
This will be C4J's twenty-fourth legal training session at United Way 211 since 2011. Wow!

June 4:
Save the date! C4J's second annual fundraiser will reclaim the Illusion Theater for another night of music, festivities, and yes--fundraising! We are also delighted to announce that our musical guest this year will be Davina and The Vagabonds. Tickets will be available later this spring.

We are currently looking for individuals and entities to sponsor the show.
Please contact Ellie at 612-333-4000 or if you have an interest in sponsorship and the exposure that it would offer. 
C4J Receives Louis M. Brown Award in Houston
In case you missed our multiple announcements of excitement over the past month and a half (!!), C4J received word in early January that we won the 2015 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access--presented annually to organizations that have made "creative contributions to the delivery of legal services in ways that are exemplary and replicable" by the standing committee for the Delivery of Legal Services of the American Bar Association.

On February 6, Ellie was present at the ABA's Midyear Conference in Houston. In addition to the recognition, Ellie had the opportunity to talk directly to the ABA's Delivery of Legal Services coalition about C4J's work in the Twin Cities and greater MN.

Wrapping Up C4J's Second Annual CLE on Relatively Unknown Civil Legal Resources

On November 12, 2014, nearly 90 professionals representing over 50 organizations gathered at MN CLE in downtown Minneapolis to take part in our second annual CLE/seminar on relatively unknown and underutilized civil legal resources in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.

2014's agenda included four information-packed panels: "Cutting Edge Civil Legal Resources," featuring Minnesota Online Legal Advice ( and the new I-CAN! online divorce forms; "State-Wide/Remote Legal Resources;" "Alternatives to Legal Resources;" and a new panel entitled "Tips on Making Legal Referrals," during which professionals from United Way 211, Tubman, the Hennepin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Services, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid discussed strategies to avoid pitfalls in the legal referral process.

IDKT '14 Speakers: (from left) Tracey Bellow, Ellie Krug, Jacky Johnson, Emma Riese, Dana Rindahl, Ashley Wirth-Petrik, Selena Britzius-Negash, and Elise Chambers. Not Pictured: Melissa Kantola, Steve Marchese, Jessica Nault and Liz Reppe.
A big thanks to all our speakers and collaborating agencies!

Materials from this event are still available. Interested parties can request a copy of the materials by emailing Emily Lindholm at To view this year's list of featured topics and speakers, click  here.
C4J's Legal Liaison Program is Thriving!

Our ninth Legal Liaison Program meeting took place on October 29, 2014 with well-received presentations by Emily Baxter ( and Elise Chambers (Conflict Resolution Center) in addition to an hour of professional speed networking.  


Emily Baxter examines the intersection of race and MN incarceration rates through

Additionally, due to a generous grant from the Minnesota State Bar Foundation, C4J has started taking the LLP on the road!


On December 4, we hosted our first-ever LLP meeting in southern Minnesota to heighten awareness of local resources and also to highlight Twin Cities initiatives that offer legal help regardless of location. We brought together legal and social service providers from Owatonna, Rochester, Mankato and the surrounding counties. This event took place at the Steele County History Museum, and included presentations from the Volunteer Lawyers Network, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. The group also took part in 30 minutes of speed networking.  


On February 25, we'll be taking the LLP to Rochester, in collaboration with the Rochester Area Foundation and United Way of Olmsted County. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the offices of United Way in Olmsted County. Interested parties can take a look at our informational flyer and send their RSVP's to Emily at


We'd also like to welcome seven new members to the Legal Liaison Program:  

C4J's Legal Liaison Program is currently up to 60 participating 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 collaborate!


The next LLP meeting will take place on February 19, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program will include presentations from the Council on Crime and Justice and the Autism Society of Minnesota.

Those interested in attending (it's true!) are asked to send their RSVP's to Emily at
The Legal Connector

We've been putting out monthly issues of The Legal Connector since October. We have great legal/social services resource information in TLC, so be on the lookout for it in the middle of every month!

If you have any legal announcements that you would like us to consider including in the next TLC, please send an email to Emily Lindholm at
Give to the Max Day 2014: A Summary

This past November, C4J participated in our third Give to the Max Day since opening our doors, and we were floored by the support! Our GTMD 2014 total was $1,750 in individual donations--a 337% increase from last year!  


For those of you who aren't familiar with Give to the Max Day, it's a planned "day of giving" through the organization As C4J has moved from a start-up nonprofit to a sustaining, constant presence in the Twin Cities community, Give to the Max Day and individual donations have become increasingly important--and have a direct impact on our future. 


Note: Even though Give to the Max Day 2015 is set for the fall (mark your calendars for November 12, 2015!), you can give at any time!  As 2015 starts, please consider making a donation today. Donations of any amount qualify you to become a "Friend of Justice" to C4J, and you will receive your very own numbered certificate--along with our deepest appreciation! If you are already a Friend of Justice, we ask that you consider raising your donation amount (or pledge a monthly recurring donation!) at the start of this year so we can make sure that your donations are put to great use.   


We have a lot of exciting things in store for 2015--and your financial support is crucial to helping us continue our award-winning operations to increase access to justice in Minnesota.  

Thank you for supporting the work and mission of Call for Justice, LLC!
Ellen (Ellie) Krug
Executive Director

Emily Lindholm
Program Manager
Call for Justice, LLC
608 2nd Ave South, Suite 465
P.O. Box 2380
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Board of Directors
Lisa Lamm Bachman, Charlie Clippert, Paul Floyd, Tom Fraser,  Jim Long, Peter Michaud, Kelly Olmstead, Tom Tinkham and Mike Unger.

Donors & Friends
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Leonard, Street and Deinard Foundation, Ramsey County Bar Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, 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, 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, Halunen & Associates, Henson & Efron, P.A., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd., Larson King, LLP, 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 LLP, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Unger Law Office, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP, Bestwestern Normandy Inn & Suites, Boston Scientific, Brending Electrolysis, Court Videographer Services, Inc., Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Ginny A. Bell, Les Bendtsen, Dan Burton, Vicki and Richard Carlson, Emily Cooper, David Couillard, John Daly, Gina DeConcini, Martha Delaney, Paul Dieseth, Liz and Brian Dillon, Phyllis Doman, Jerrad Fenske, Charles Ferrell (In honor of Richard Kyle), Al and Ellen Fisher, Donna and Paul Floyd, Donald and Arvonne Fraser (In honor of Hon. Tom Fraser), Sara Galligan, Beth Garland, Elise Ginsburg, Sara Granberg-Rademacker, Fouthma Haji-Taki, Rebecca Hallette, Joy Hamilton, Frank and Jayne Harris, Bradley Hart, Catharine Haukedahl, Amy Walsh Kern, Anita Kozan (In memory of Ruth Evelyn Iverson Kozan), Ellen Krug, Mark Krug, Richard Kyle, Jr. and Elizabeth Wittenberg, Brian and Erin Lindholm, John Medeiros, Pete Michaud and Tom Wilson, Caitlin Miles, Alan Miller, Kathy Moran, Ari Murphy, Jean Nead, Crystal Ng, Kathy Nielsen, Melissa Otto, Gary Pederson, Kelly Phillips, David Piper, David Potter, Jill Prohofsky, Paul Quast, Linda Raines, Christine Rehm, Thea Reilkoff, Liz Reppe, Brent Routman, Joseph Satter, Laura Strong and Pam Michaud, Vanessa Tennyson, Dennis Tharp,
Jamila Tharp, Tom Tinkham and Jacquelyn "Jacq" Hauser, Mike Unger, Mary Vasaly, Ella Washington, Paul Wehrwein, Jodi Williams, and Jay Wolkenbrod.
Released on February 9, 2015