The Legal Connector


Vol. 4, No. 2                                                                                   March 2017

C4J News
Although we know that Spring is right around the corner, many of us still feel like the cold of Winter is never-ending. For a little cheer, I want to tell you about a major housing case that was decided recently that's as hopeful as the first buds of daffodils....

The case was brought by Anishinabe Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to low-income people living on or near the Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth Reservations in Northwestern Minnesota.  The defendant/tenant is a single mom who was pregnant and living in subsidized housing managed by the White Earth Housing Authority. 

White Earth Housing Authority had a practice of boarding up housing units immediately upon certain suspected lease violations--which is a violation of the due process rights of many eviction defendants.  In this eviction case, Anishinabe Legal Services lost the trial court decision, but they immediately appealed. The Court decided to allow the defendant/tenant continue to live in her unit until the appeals case was decided.

The Court of Appeals ultimately decided that the Housing Authority was required to file an action in court before boarding up the apartment. They also ruled that the defendant/renter had not willingly violated the terms of her lease.  The Court ordered her lease to be renewed, and her eviction overturned. 

By this decision, several additional pending eviction cases were settled with favorable outcomes for tenants.  As a result, the Housing Authority is also reviewing their administrative policies.

In sum, Anishinabe Legal Services fought for and won a significant victory for tenants who live in housing managed by the local Indian Housing Authority.  This case means that the Housing Authority must follow the law and file an eviction case in court before boarding up an apartment to keep the tenant out.   

If you serve clients in or near the Leech Lake, Red Lake, or White Earth Reservations, please take a moment to thank Anishinabe Legal Services for fighting for low-income people (their number is 800-422-1335).  The fight is always worth it--and sometimes justice prevails! 

Nicole Lindemyer 
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1. Free Immigration Law Clinics at Brian Coyle Center 
Immigration attorneys will be available Wednesdays until March 22 from 12:30-2:30 at the Brian Coyle Community Center to discuss the recent executive orders and travel ban. They will provide one-on-one consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited interpreter services will also be available.
2. Training on Crime Victims' Rights & Resources
Gain an understanding of crime victim rights at this CLE training on April 10. Learn from presenters Suzanne Elwell, director of the Crime Victim Justice Unit, and Danielle Kitto of the Crime Victims Reparations Board. Last day to register is Monday, April 3. See details here.
3. Voices for Racial Justice 2017 Equity Agenda
The nonprofit Voices for Racial Justice has released their 2017 equity agenda. They describe the ways that multiple issues of inequity intersect, and provide steps to tackle these systemic injustices. These include matters of income, education, health, and race. Read the full report here.
4. VLN Training on Effective Client Communication  
Clients come to us often fraught with with anxiety and uncertainty, making it difficult to communicate calmly or effectively. Judge Bruce Peterson will moderate a roundtable discussion with expert panelists on how to

communicate with anxious or traumatized clients; listen to strong opinions; conduct a motivational interview; and calm angry or upset clients.  The event will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at the Hennepin County Bar Association office in downtown Minneapolis.  See details here.


5. Workplace Diversity Series:  Eliminating Bias   
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has partnered with Andre Koen to offer quarterly trainings in their Workplace Diversity Series. Join other nonprofit leaders to discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn from presenter Andre Koen of AM Horizons Training Group, who helps organizations manage and train individuals on acclimating to these topics which can often be difficult to dissect. The next training, held on March 29, will be held at the Ramstad Center in Richfield, MN. Learn more and register 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. YOU'RE INVITED!  Call for Justice Event on April 6
There's still time to get your tickets to Call For Justice's annual event! Enjoy a night of entertainment from Ayvah, an eclectic jazz fusion band. Proceeds benefit the ongoing programs of Call For Justice. RSVP here.
2. Minneapolis Moves Toward Section 8 Anti-Discrimination Law
Three Minneapolis city council members are pushing for an ordinance to end Section 8 discrimination by landlords. The proposal would make illegal the common practice of refusing to rent to people with Section 8 or other housing subsidies, opening up the rental market to many more low-income people.  Read the full Minnpost article here.
3. Call for Justice Legal Liaison Program Training Available
We here at Call for Justice are looking to hit the road!  We are in the midst of planning our training schedule for 2017 and are eager to come to your community and train on how to connect low-income people with legal resources.  If you are interested in hosting or attending an LLP training, please email nicole.lindemyer@callforjustice.org.
In Closing
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!
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