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The Clarion
A Quarterly Newsletter from Call for Justice
Vol. 2, No. 2
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Thoughts & Words
Ellie Krug (Executive Director)

It's not usually a good idea to start something with an apology, but here goes one anyway: I'm sorry this newsletter is a bit overdue. We've been quite busy with a number of things, and I'm afraid that the regularity of our newsletter has been a victim of our busyness.  

 

There. Now I feel quite better, thank you very much!  

 

Seriously, it's been quite a year so far--we're about to conduct our 15th training session for United Way 2-1-1; we've transitioned Programming Content Managers (Jillian Chmiel has moved on to teach English in South Korea, and Emily Lindholm joined Call for Justice in late July); I attended the Equal Justice Conference in St. Louis; and we spent several months finalizing data and content for our very first outcomes report, which seems to be taking on a life of its own (see below).  

 

All the while, we've attended countless stakeholder meetings aimed at increasing civil legal access, and have continued to grow our network of key personal relationships which will help foster future collaborations and projects. Additionally, we've also been significantly under-budget on spending (your) money.  

 

Whew. Not bad for a two person operation that's only been around since December, 2011.  

 

But we're not angling for a break. Instead, we're gearing up to do more. For example, in collaboration (we like to collaborate!) with the Minnesota State Bar Association's Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee and the Hennepin County Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Call for Justice will put on a CLE aimed at expanding knowledge about relatively unknown Twin Cities legal resources. That will happen just as we begin ramping up to fundraise for the fourth year of our program.

 

In twenty-one months of operation, I think we've shown the value of imagination, hard work, luck, personal relationships, and simple old fashioned passion. We look forward to continuing our good work and to making a difference for low-income people in search of legal resources to protect basic human necessities.  

 

ellie 

In This Issue
Friends
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Support C4J for the 2013-14 year by becoming one of C4J's Friends of Justice. You'll receive your very own 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 Garners National Recognition!  Outcomes 

 

In late August, we issued an outcomes report titled, "Training on Legal Resources and Referrals: A Report on an Innovative Collaboration between Call for Justice, LLC and United Way 2-1-1." The report details how Call for Justice and United Way 2-1-1 have collaborated to create a remarkable training program that's produced many incredibly positive outcomes, including the Legal Liaison Program, all of which help low-income people connect with Twin Cities legal resources.

     

Among the many outcomes, we saw more than a  Outcomes & Results 200% increase in United Way 2-1-1 referrals to nine key Twin Cities legal resources and a 786% increase in referrals to LawHelpMN.org, a resource-based website related to the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition. Additionally, C4J has facilitated a number of collaborations that have directly connected low-income people with lawyers, such as with two Minneapolis law firms "adopting" the Jeremiah Program, which gives nearly 80 women and their children regular access to pro bono attorneys.  

 

Last week, Richard Zorza, a nationally-recognized leader in promoting access to justice, featured the C4J-United Way 2-1-1 report in his blog, "Access to Justice." In the blog piece, Zorza details the many outcomes from the C4J--2-1-1 collaboration. He characterizes some of the outcomes as "just stunning." Zorza was so impressed with the training program that he's invited the Call for Justice executive director, Ellie Krug, to "Guest Post" on how to replicate the program in other states.

 

Since United Way 2-1-1 systems service 90% of the U.S. population, replication may not be as difficult as it seems. Stay tuned; maybe we're creating a national model!   

 

In conclusion, we're thrilled with this recognition. We're also proud of our work and how we've been able to increase civil legal access by leveraging existing resources and by collaborating with many other organizations and programs. We hope that you, our donors and Friends of Justice, agree!

"On the Horizon"
  • Our 6th Legal Liaison Program Meeting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the United Way building in Minneapolis. There's no charge for this event. Please RSVP by emailing Emily Lindholm.
  • Ellie Krug will moderate a panel on pro bono collaborations at a CLE during Pro Bono Week. The event will take place at the Fredrikson & Byron law firm in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd from 8:45 a.m. to12:15 p.m.  
    • Contact Steve Marchese for more information and to sign-up (2 standard and 1 elimination of bias credit will be applied for).
C4J to Present CLE on Relatively Unknown Legal Resources

Call for Justice will present a CLE entitled "I Didn't Know That! Relatively Unknown Twin Cities Legal Resources" which will bring together specialists from a variety of previously underutilized legal resources in the Twin Cities area. Seeking to publicize the work of these important organizations, Call for Justice will organize three panels on topics including (but not limited to): Court System Resources, Law Libraries, Bar Resources, and other organizations that lead to better targeted legal referrals for the low-income community in the metro area.  CLE

 

This CLE is intended for any legal provider or social service agency that has regular contact with low-income people with legal needs. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn about relatively unknown legal resources that might be of assistance.

   

The CLE will take place on Wednesday November 13th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. This CLE is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association's Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee (LAD) and the Hennepin County Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee (DLS). More information is available on our website. 

 

To sign up for this event, please contact Emily Lindholm.    

Official Welcome to Emily LindholmEmily

 

EmilyLindholm

Let this serve as our official welcome to Emily Lindholm, a native of Champlin, Minnesota and a 2013 graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Emily has long championed social causes and organizations, most recently wrapping up three years as a program coordinator for Gettysburg College's Center for Public Service. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys stalking the cupcake food truck on Marquette Avenue, and partakes in long conversations on how to best prepare for a zombie apocalypse. She is thrilled to be the "other half" of Call for Justice, and cannot wait to meet all the wonderful people she has been emailing over the past two months! 

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

Emily Lindholm
Programming Content Manager
emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org
Call for Justice, LLC
404 South 8th Street
P.O. Box 2380
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-4000
callforjustice.org

Board of Directors
Tom Fraser, Mike Unger, Cheryl Dalby, Richard Kyle Jr., Charlie Clippert, Mary-Margaret Zindren, Duane Stanley, Paul Floyd, Candee Goodman.

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, 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 PLLP, 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, David Couillard, Emily Cooper, Al and Ellen Fisher, Elise Ginsburg, Paul and Donna Floyd, Ellen Krug, Mark Krug, John Medeiros, Ari Murphy, Jill Prohofsky, Paul Quast, Liz Reppe, & Dennis Tharp.
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