The Legal Connector


Vol. 4, No. 1                                                                                   February 2017

C4J News
My name is Nicole Lindemyer (nicole.lindemyer@callforjustice.org) and I'm the new Executive Director of Call for Justice.  We also have a new Program Manager named Lynn Hu (lynn.hu@callforjustice.org).

But the Legal Connector isn't about us, it's about YOU, about connecting you to the legal issues and resources you need to do and be your very best at helping low-income people access justice.

Now, perhaps more than ever in history, we've got serious work to do to ensure justice for all, particularly for those experiencing poverty, abuse, homelessness, and oppression.  Now is the time for positive, unwavering, rejuvenated commitment to making sure every person throughout our state knows who and where to call to reach the legal resources they need to protect themselves and all they've worked for.  That number is still 612-333-4000.

C4J will be on the road in 2017 to conduct at least 20 Legal Liaison Program trainings--10 in Greater Minnesota and 10 in the Twin Cities Metro--and we need your help.  Please reach us anytime to let us know of needs and opportunities to connect our communities of legal and human service providers to better reach those who need legal help most.

Call for Justice is here for you like never before.  Please know that we exist to support your work with low-income people; we've got a full repertoire of training and information resources on how to link low-income people with legal help; and we're flexible, mobile, and creative about how we connect and collaborate with you.

We are thrilled by the opportunities ahead.  We enthusiastically welcome your input.  And now, we get to work....  

Nicole Lindemyer 
Legal News You Can Use
Practical Information on Legal Issues and Resources
Some of What's In This Issue:


© Call for Justice, LLC. Note: The Legal Connector seeks to better inform the Minnesota nonprofit legal and social services communities of relevant developments that might impact their work in helping low-income Minnesotans connect with legal services. This publication may only be reproduced and used for noncommercial, personal and education uses. All other rights reserved. To the extent opinions are expressed in the TLC, they are solely opinions of Call for Justice, LLC. In the event we get something wrong or incorrect, let us know and we'll make the appropriate correction. As much as we hate to admit it, we're not perfect.
1. Helping Our Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors
The federal government recently issued a travel ban, began detaining people at airports, and began raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in many communities throughout the US.  These actions have resulted in widespread fear among our immigrant and refugee friends and neighbors.  It is critical that everyone understand their rights if confronted by law enforcement. This informational video from the ACLU website gives a bilingual overview of a person's rights when ICE agents show up at their home, regardless of their citizenship status.
2. Resource For Questions About DACA
DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was established in 2012 to protect children from deportation if they meet certain requirements. With the new White House administration, there is uncertainty surrounding the future of DACA. The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota posted an advisory about common questions regarding DACA that can be accessed here.
3. Center for New Americans Receives Generous Funding
In a landmark grant from the Robina Foundation, the University of Minnesota Law School received $25 million to fund the ongoing services of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans. The Center will provide comprehensive legal services to immigrant communities by improving immigration policy through litigation, increased representation for refugees and immigrants, immigration law clinics for students, and educating noncitizens about their rights.  More information about this new and powerful resource can be found at this link.
4.   Children's Law Center Offers Volunteer Attorney Training on Representing Youth in Foster Care 
The Children's Law Center is offering a training (CLE credits approved) on Representing Youth in Foster Care on March 3, 2017, hosted by the law firm Stinson Leonard Street in downtown Minneapolis.  This training is FREE for those who take a case with CLC (except for a $10.00 fee to run background check as it is a direct cost to CLC).  For more info, please see http://www.clcmn.org/news-events/cletrainings/upcoming-metro-area-cle/   
5. Low-Cost "Second Saturday" Divorce Workshops Offered Monthly in Minnetonka 
The Second Saturday divorce workshop is designed to help women take the next step, no matter where they are in the process of untying the knot. Second Saturday deals with the legal, financial, family, and personal issues of divorce in a logical yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain greater understanding of the confusing divorce process.  This workshop is held in Minnetonka on the Second Saturday of each month in 2017; upcoming dates include March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 10.  More info and registration is available here.

People, Places, and Things
News about events, personnel changes, and other items of interest.  Please send your news items to lynn.hu@callforjustice.org or nicole.lindemyer@callforjustice.org.
1.  Come Celebrate with Call For Justice on April 6!
Call for Justice invites YOU to join us on April 6 at the Illusion Theatre in downtown Minneapolis for our fourth annual fundraiser! This year will feature the breath-taking jazz fusion band Ayvah, recent semifinalists in the 2017 Star Tribune's Are You Local? best new band contest.  The event will include cocktails, dinner buffet, program and honors, then music beginning around 7. Space is limited so please RSVP online or contact Lynn at lynn.hu@callforjustice.org with questions. We look forward to seeing you there! 

In addition, here are some more upcoming fundraisers you may be interested in: 
 
On March 25, the Minnesota chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-MN, is hosting an event to unite Minnesotans against Islamophobia in the growing unrest of our political climate. Hear from notable Muslim community leaders and join them in the fight against hatred and bigotry.  Learn more here.
 
Check with each nonprofit to confirm details about their respective fundraiser.
 
Please support the nonprofit(s) of your choice. As we know all too well at C4J, donor support at fundraisers is critical--for the obvious monetary reason but also because nonprofit legal professionals are often unsung heroes and it helps emotionally (in a huge way) to see people show up and being supportive!

If we've missed a fundraiser, let us know ( lynn.hu@callforjustice.org) and we'll get it added to the list.
2. Feb. 28 Deadline to Nominate Outstanding Legal Service Attorneys for Becker Award
The Bernard P. Becker Legal Services Staff award is presented to attorneys, paralegals, administrators or other staff employed by a private, nonprofit agency that provides legal services to low-income and disadvantaged eligible clients. Recipients must have a demonstrated commitment to provision of zealous and skilled legal representation for low-income and disadvantaged clients. The Awards Committee may consider direct client representation, work in support of direct client representation, and other activities in the client or legal communities.  For more info or to nominate someone you know, see here.  
3. It Happens Here: Statewide Day to End Domestic Violence on March 7 Throughout Minnesota
At noon on March 7, 2017, domestic violence programs throughout every region of Minnesota will join in locally held rallies to take action against domestic violence.  For more information about the March 7 events and to find one near you, visit this link.  To identify victims of domestic homicide in your area to honor in remembrance at the event, see MCBW's most recent  Femicide Report released on January 31, 2017.
In Closing
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."  (Anais Nin)
"Courage does not always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
'I will try again tomorrow.'"  (Mary Anne Radmacher)


If you have an announcement or legal update that you'd like to submit for possible inclusion in our April issue, please contact Lynn Hu at lynn.hu@callforjustice.org or Nicole Lindemyer at nicole.lindemyer@callforjustice.org by March 15th. We look forward to updating you again soon!
Made Possible by C4J Donors
 
Foundation Support
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Gray Plant Mooty Foundation, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Leonard, Street and Deinard Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Ramsey County Bar Foundation, and The Saint Paul Foundation.
 
Law Firm Support
Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A., Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A., Barry & Helwig, LLC, Bassford Remele, A Professional Association, Best & Flanagan LLP, Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, Chestnut Cambronne PA, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP, Cooper & Reid, LLC, Cousineau McGuire, Chartered, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Eric Richard Law Office, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Fish & Richardson P.C., Foley & Mansfield, PLLP, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Gray Plant Mooty, Halleland Habicht PA, Halunen & Associates, Henson & Efron, P.A., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Jerry A. Burg Law Office, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd., Larson King, LLP, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., Lindquist & Vennum LLP, Maslon LLP, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A., McShane Bankruptcy LLC, Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P., 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, Wallen-Friedman & Floyd, PA and Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.
 
Business & Community Support
Best Western Normandy Inn, Boston Scientific, Brending Electrolysis, Carpenter, Evert and Associates, Ltd., Court Videographer Services, Inc., Greater Twin Cities United Way, Michaud, Cooley, Erickson & Associates, Inc., Minnesota CLE and Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.  
 
Friends of Justice (Individual Donors)
David Anderson, Lisa Lamm Bachman, Ginny A. Bell, Les Bendtsen, Joan Bibelhausen, Mark Bloomquist, Elizabeth A. Brenner, Dan Burton, Vicki & Richard Carlson, Regina M. Chu, Hanna T. Coleman, Emily Cooper, Eric Cooperstein, David Couillard, Clara Cypull, Joan Countryman, John Daly, Lindsay Davis, Gina DeConcini, Martha Delaney, Paul Dieseth, Liz & Brian Dillon, Phyllis Doman, Jim Dorsey, Jerrad Fenske, Charles Ferrell (In honor of Richard Kyle), Al & Ellen Fisher, Donna & Paul Floyd, Donald & Arvonne Fraser, Tom Fraser, Sara Galligan, Beth Garland, Elise Ginsburg, Sara Granberg-Rademacker, Fouthma Haji-Taki, Rebecca Hallette, Joy Hamilton, Frank & Jayne Harris, Bradley Hart, Robert J. Hauer, Jr., Catharine Haukedahl, Dick & Peg Kavaney, Amy Walsh Kern, Anita Kozan (In memory of Ruth Evelyn Iverson Kozan), Ellen Krug, Mark Krug, Richard Kyle, Jr. & Elizabeth Wittenberg, Brian & Erin Lindholm, Emily Lindholm, Jim Long, Steve Marchese, Larry McDonough, John Medeiros, Pete Michaud & Tom Wilson, Caitlin Miles, Alan Miller, Kathy Moran, Diana Morrissey, Ari Murphy, Nora Murphy, Jean Nead, Crystal Ng, Kathy Nielsen, Brian Nord, Kelly Olmstead, Melissa Otto, Laurie & Gary Pearcy, Gary Pederson, Kelly Phillips, David Piper, David Potter, Jill Prohofsky, Paul Quast, Linda Raines, Mary Rea, Christine Rehm, Thea Reilkoff, Liz Reppe, Jon Robinson, Becky Rooney, Jamie Roth, Brent Routman, Joseph Satter, Laura Schlatter, Laura Strong & Pam Michaud, Ellen Sackrison, John L. Sullivan, Vanessa Tennyson, Dennis Tharp, Jamila Tharp, Tom Tinkham & Jacquelyn "Jacq" Hauser, Tiana Towns, Mike Unger, Mary Vasaly, Ella Washington, Paul Wehrwein, Jodi Williams and Jay Wolkenbrod.