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April 23, 2015
Alexandria’s First Legal Liaison Program
In February we trained on state-wide legal resources in Rochester in collaboration with Legal Assistance of Olmsted County and State Support for the Legal Services Coalition. On April 23, we headed to Alexandria and collaborated with Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota to hold a three-hour informational meeting (including a half hour of professional speed networking).

April 1, 2015
Sponsorships for C4J’s Second Fundraiser on the Rise!
Robins Kaplan LLP, Briggs & Morgan, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Wallen-Friedman & Floyd, PA are the latest organizations to come forward as sponsors for our upcoming fundraiser!

“As an ‘Advocate’ level sponsor, Robins Kaplan continues to be a major ongoing supporter of Call for Justice, LLC,” stated Ellie Krug, C4J’s Executive Director. “Our relationship with Robins Kaplan is one we greatly value not only because their financial support helps us achieve our mission here in the Twin Cities, but also because their collaboration in providing the Jeremiah Program with legal assistance has directly expanded our reach and impact in numerous ways.”

C4J is also delighted to announce that Briggs & Morgan, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Wallen-Friedman Floyd, PA are all brand new “Ally” level sponsors—something we are extremely delighted about!

Would you or your organization like to become a sponsor of this year’s fundraiser? We’d love to have you! Please contact Ellie at 612-333-4000 or ellen.krug@callforjustice.org if you have an interest in sponsorship and the exposure it would offer.

March 18, 2015
Call for Justice Thanks our Fundraising Sponsors
As Call for Justice gets closer to our second annual fundraiser, “A Night with Davina and The Vagabonds” at the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis on June 4th, 2015, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our newest sponsors for their generous support.

MCE LogoWe’re happy to announce Michaud, Cooley, Erickson & Associates, Inc. as a “Leader” level sponsor. Michaud Cooley Erickon (www.michaudcooley.com) is one of the largest mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firms in the United States specializing in designing mechanical, electrical, lighting, fire protection, security, special systems and energy management engineering solutions for clients, and providing commissioning to facilitate efficient operation of systems.

“We are thankful for Michaud Cooley Erickson’s extraordinary support,” said Call for Justice’s Executive Director, Ellie Krug, “Support from organizations and individuals in the Twin Cities community are indispensable to the success of our organization.”

In addition, Call for Justice would like to thank the following “Ally” level sponsors: Lindquist & Vennum LLP, Carpenter, Evert and Associates, Ltd., Best & Flanagan LLP, Halleland Habicht PA, and Jerry A. Burg Law Office. We are grateful for the continuing support of the Twin Cities legal community, without which we would not be able to go forward.

February 25, 2015
C4J’s Rochester Legal Liaison Program
In collaboration with the Rochester Area Foundation and United Way of Olmsted County, C4J hosted an informational civil legal resources session on Wednesday February 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. C4J highlighted “hubs” of information related to the civil legal system and state-wide programs aimed at connecting people in legal need with attorneys and legal resources. The cost of this program was graciously underwritten by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

February 19, 2015
Call for Justice’s 10th Meeting of the Legal Liaison Program
The 10th Legal Liaison Program meeting took place on Thursday, February 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Greater Twin Cities United Way building (404 South 8th Street, Minneapolis 55404). There were presentations from the Autism Society of Minnesota and the Council on Crime and Justice, followed by an hour of speed networking. Those interested in attending future meetings are kindly asked to email Emily Lindholm, Program Manager, at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org for more information. RSVP’s required.

December 11, 2014
A Week to be Thankful For!
We’re delighted to announce that—within the last week—Call for Justice has received four extremely  generous gifts from the Minnesota State Bar Foundation (the foundation arm of the Minnesota State Bar Association), Bassford Remele, A Professional Association, Best & Flanagan LLP, and Henson & Efron, P.A. This is C4J’s first grant from the Minnesota State Bar Foundation, whose mission emphasizes the importance of projects that offer legal assistance to disadvantaged communities in the Twin Cities. Bassford Remele, Best & Flanagan LLP, and Henson & Efron are renewing their support in various ways after completing their initial multi-year pledges made in 2011. We are sincerely appreciative of this enormous show of support. As the year comes to a close, we look forward to putting these donors’ generous gifts to good use in 2015 as we embark on new and existing access to justice initiatives in our fourth year!

December 4, 2014
C4J Takes the Legal Liaison Program to Owatonna
C4J hosted our first-ever Legal Liaison Program in southern Minnesota on December 4, 2014. This pilot LLP meeting brought together legal and social service providers from Owatonna, Rochester, Mankato and the surrounding counties to heighten awareness of local resources and also to highlight some Twin Cities initiatives that offer legal help regardless of location. 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 networking.

November 12, 2014
C4J’s Second-Annual Civil Legal Resources Seminar Brings in Nearly 90 Attendees
C4J’s second-annual “I Didn’t Know That!” civil legal resources seminar took place from 9AM-Noon at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education with great success! Nearly 90 individuals representing 51 different organizations attended for a morning of panel presentations on new and exciting civil legal resources in the Twin Cities. Materials from this event are still available. Interested parties can request a copy of the materials by emailing Emily Lindholm at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org. To view this year’s list of featured topics and speakers, click here.

October 29, 2014
Meeting of the 9th Legal Liaison Program
The ninth Legal Liaison Program meeting took place on October 29, 2014 at the Greater Twin Cities United Way building (404 South 8th Street) in Minneapolis. Presenters included Emily Baxter (WeAreAllCriminals.org) and Elise Chambers (Conflict Resolution Center) in addition to an hour of professional speed networking. It was open to legal providers, social services organizations and all other interested organizations looking for opportunities to learn about unique social and legal initiatives that exist in the Twin Cities, and those seeking potential future collaborations. Organizations interested in attending this  meeting can email Emily at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org for more information. RSVP’s required.

October 3, 2014
Help Me Congratulate our Executive Director, Ellie Krug! (Article by: Emily Lindholm, Program Manager)
Today we’re celebrating the extremely exciting news about our Executive Director, Ellie Krug–Ellie is one of the recipients of the 2014 Lavender Community Awards!Just yesterday, the list was released on Lavender Magazine’s website, expressing that the recipients of this award have shown “clear dedication and leadership by being either out or an ally and working for the advancement of the community that is comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied people.”

In addition to being the Executive Director of Call for Justice, Ellie has combined her legal background with her passion for public speaking and community advocacy through her involvement with the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Bridge for Youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as a past co-chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association Diversity Committee. To view the full list of winners, and to read more about Ellie’s involvement in the community, visit Lavender Magazine’s website! http://www.lavendermagazine.com/our-affairs/2014-lavender-community-awards/

October 2, 2014
Foley & Mansfield Grants $2,500 to C4J!
Foley & Mansfield, which had previously pledged their financial support to Call for Justice during our three-year start-up phase, has now made an additional grant for the 2014-2015 fiscal year! “We are incredibly grateful to Foley & Mansfield for its continued support,” said C4J Executive Director Ellie Krug. “It’s a great show of confidence in our program—and crucial now more than ever as we continue in our role as a legal navigator for persons in need in the Twin Cities.”

September 24, 2014
Halunen & Associates Grants $1,000 to Call for Justice!
Halunen & Associates, a Minneapolis-based employment and consumer law firm, has made a generous grant of $1,000 to benefit the ongoing operations & programming at C4J. Halunen & Associates is a new addition to our law firm donor pool, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have their support!

September 5, 2014
C4J Presents to the Steele County Bar Association
Ellie presented to the Steele County Bar Association in Owatonna about legal resources available for low-income people and the expanding role of C4J in working to increase civil legal access. This is part of a larger initiative to expand the Legal Liaison Program (currently held only in the Twin Cities) and help bring more communities of legal and social services providers together to seek collaborations and better target legal referrals.

September 1, 2014
The Third Issue of our 2014 Newsletter Series is Now Available
Vol. 3, No. 3 of our newsletter, The Clarion, is now available to read online! Visit our Newsletter page to find out what’s happening at C4J these days!

August 20, 2014
Thanks to Stinson Leonard Street LLP for Their Generous Grant to C4J
We’re pleased to announce that Stinson Leonard Street LLP has made a generous grant of $2,500 to C4J. Thank you, Stinson Leonard Street!

August 1, 2014
View the Latest Updates to our “Legal Resources Cheat Sheet”!
We have updated our “Legal Resources Cheat Sheet” just in time for fall! Get the latest and greatest version of the cheat sheet by visiting www.callforjustice.org/cheat-sheet. The original “Cheat Sheet” was handed out in November 2013 as part of our “‘I Didn’t Know That!’ Relatively Unknown Civil Legal Resources” CLE at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. The next “I Didn’t Know That!” seminar will be held on November 12, 2014. Email Executive Director Ellen Krug at ellen.krug@callforjustice.org for questions, and email Program Manager Emily Lindholm at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org to register today.

July 9, 2014
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company Grants to C4J!
We are thrilled to announce that Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company has made a $1,000 grant to Call for Justice, LLC for special projects and program expansion. (Read More)

June 26, 2014
Wrapping up Our Eighth Legal Liaison Program Meeting
C4J wrapped up our 8th Legal Liaison Program meeting! Presenters included Kristan Clow (The Bridge for Youth) and Lori Skibbie (Estate & Elder Services, a part of Volunteers of America–MN). The meeting took place on June 26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Greater Twin Cities United Way building (404 South 8th Street, Minneapolis 55404). The next meeting will take place in late September or early October. Interested in learning more about the Legal Liaison Program? Check out our “What We Do” Page.

June 13, 2014
Call for Justice, LLC Receives a $3,000 Grant from The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation!
We’re elated to report that C4J has received a $3,000 grant from The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation. This money will fund C4J’s general operation needs. (Read More)

June 12, 2014
We’ve added a new resource to our website!
After discovering a need for clarification around notary services, Call for Justice created a quick primer to provide details about notary services in Minnesota. The primer discusses: how to become a notary, how much a notary may charge, and how to locate a notary in the Twin Cities. View the primer here.

June 11, 2014
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Grants to C4J!
We are very pleased to announce that The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation has made a $2500 grant to Call for Justice, LLC for general operation needs. (Read More)

June 2, 2014
Ellie Krug Speaks at National Information & Referral Conference
On June 2nd, Call for Justice Executive Director Ellie Krug spoke at the annual conference of the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems in Atlanta. Her topic: the groundbreaking collaboration between Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 and Call for Justice, LLC relative to improved legal referrals. (Read More)

May 20, 2014
Robins, Kaplan Receives National Recognition for a C4J-Facilitated Collaboration!
The Minneapolis law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. has been named a recipient of the 2014 Beacon of Justice Award by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) for providing pro bono services at the Minneapolis campus of Jeremiah Program. (Read More)

May 15 & 16, 2014
United Way 2-1-1 Training–Understanding “Minnesota Online Legal Advice”
Call for Justice hoested it’s 19th training session for United Way 2-1-1 on the latest online initiative created by Legal Services State Support: Minnesota Legal Advice Online. Supervising Attorney, Mary Kaczorek, led the training, discussing the ways in which clients can access online legal advice, how attorneys can create an account to provide legal advice to clients, and the situations in which 2-1-1 callers could be directed to the website. This training was open to the public, but RSVP’s are always required to attend. Parties interested in attending future 2-1-1 training sessions can email Emily Lindholm at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org to inquire.

April 28, 2014
C4J is now accepting applications for our summer 2014 development internship!
Interested applicants can learn more on our Internship Opportunities page or view our listing through the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. All questions and applications can be directed to Emily at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org.

April 14, 2014
Photos from “A Night with Well-Strung” Are Now Online!
We’re delighted to announce that our first fundraiser, “A Night with Well-Strung”, was a lovely evening–with almost 200 people in attendance! Official pictures from the event can be viewed on our Flickr account!

January 6, 2014
The Meeting of the Next Legal Liaison Program: Reminder!
The next meeting of the Legal Liaison Program is Thursday, February 13 from 9:30 to noon! If you are a social service or legal service provider, please explore more about the Legal Liaison Program, and consider joining us for the meeting. RSVP to emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org by Friday, February 7th.

December 16, 2013
C4J Garners National Attention in Richard Zorza’s “Access to Justice Blog”
Leading national expert/guru on access to justice initiatives, Richard Zorza, has featured the work of Call for Justice in his latest blog posting (written by our very own Ellen Krug!). Mr. Zorza invited Ellen to provide a guest post after reading our 2013 Outcomes Report, and referred to some of our results as “just stunning” in an earlier post. Regarding the mission and efficacy of Call for Justice, Mr. Zorza says this:

“Every state should be doing things like this, and the national network should be linking with national informational networks like that of the 211 operators.”

December 9, 2013
C4J Releases New “Cheat Sheet” of Twin Cities Legal Resources
Call for Justice has just released its new legal resources “Cheat Sheet,” a compilation of legal resources and organizations serving low- and middle-income communities in the Twin Cities and surrounding counties. Unlike other listings, this “Cheat Sheet” is organized by service area (bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, family law, etc…) and lists information for each organization including counties served, financial requirements, hours of operation, and more. Visit our Legal Resources “Cheat Sheet” webpage for more information and to download a copy of your own. Additionally, a survey was taken to test the knowledge of legal and social service providers on the array of low-income Twin Cities legal resources. Results from that survey can be found on C4J’s latest infographic.

November 18, 2013
Seventh Legal Liaison Program Rescheduled!
As of Nov. 18, 2013, the next Legal Liaison Program meeting has been rescheduled from January 29th, 2014 to February 13, 2014 at the Greater Twin Cities United Way building in Minneapolis. It is open to legal providers, social services organizations and other interested organizations looking for opportunities to learn about unique social and legal initiatives that exist in the Twin Cities, and those potentially seeking future collaborations. Organizations interested in attending can email Emily at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org for more information. RSVP’s required.

November 13, 2013
“I Didn’t Know That!” CLE at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
C4J presented a seminar/CLE entitled “I Didn’t Know That! Relatively Unknown Twin Cities Legal Resources” on Wednesday, Nov. 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. in Minneapolis. Click here to view the official flyer. This seminar/CLE was open to the general public, and recommended for legal providers or social service organizations having regular contact with low-income people, and featured three panels of professionals from Court Self-Help centers, Law Libraries, the Volunteer Lawyers Network, United Way 2-1-1, Bar Association low fee services, and many more!

October 22, 2013
As part of Pro Bono Week 2013 (October 20-26), the MSBA sponsored a morning CLE program, “Integrating Pro Bono,” featuring a panel on Call for Justice’s collaboration with two Minneapolis-based law firms and the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network to bring regular legal access to the Jeremiah Program, a program dedicated to ending inter-generational poverty for women and their children in Minnesota. Taking place at the Fredrikson & Byron law firm in Minneapolis, our very own Ellie Krug moderated the panel discussion on the practices and benefits relating to integrating pro bono into the community and working with diverse clients. More information on the continued successes of the collaboration can be found in the “Integrating Pro Bono” Information Packet.

September 7, 2013
Richard Zorza, a nationally-recognized leader in promoting access to justice, has highlighted the results from the C4J/2-1-1 outcomes report that was released only a few weeks ago. In his “Access to Justice” blog he refers to the work that has been accomplished by the collaboration “just stunning” and as having “a major impact.” Read the article in its entirety here, and visit our Reports and Outcomes page for the full report!

August 26, 2013
The Minnesota State Bar Association has released the edited video recording from last fall’s “Real Faces of Pro Bono” panel, which was part of Pro Bono Week 2012. The video focuses on the experiences of four clients seeking pro bono services, and the important part that lawyers play in offering (and continuing to offer) pro bono representation to communities in need. Pro Bono Week 2013 will be held this October–stay tuned for more updates!

To view the video, click Real Faces of Pro Bono from MSBA Online on Vimeo.

August 20, 2013
Call for Justice and United Way 2-1-1 have released a joint report detailing the exciting results and accomplishments from the past 20 months! Click to view the press release, as well as a copy of the complete final report:

“Training on Legal Resources and Referrals:
A Report on an Innovative Collaboration between Call for Justice, LLC and United Way”
Final Report (1-18)
Appendix (A1-A-16)

July 24, 2013
Emily Lindholm has joined Call for Justice as C4J’s new Programming Content Manager! Check out Emily’s bio here, and contact her at emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org.

May 8, 2013
The next meeting of the Legal Liaison Program is Thursday, May 30 from 9:30 to noon! If you are a social service or legal service provider, please explore more about the Legal Liaison Program, and consider joining us for the meeting. RSVP to jillian.chmiel@callforjustice.org by Friday, May 24.

January 29, 2013
An important collaboration is in the works! The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association is partnering with The Bridge for Youth and the Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Youth Law Project to create a panel of attorneys serving LGBT teens and young adults.

Attorneys and youth who are LGBT know what it means to struggle with identity and all that goes with it—self-doubt, people who don’t understand, and all too often, the pain of coming out.

It was this commonality that prompted the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, the Youth Law Project of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and The Bridge for Youth to collaborate and create the “Lavender Lawyers”—a panel of LGBT lawyers dedicated to serving homeless and at-risk LGBT youth.

Call for Justice is honored to facilitate this collaboration as it grows and serves youth in our community. Stay tuned for more details!

October 10, 2012
Two great successes in a row!  C4J is delighted to report that Lindquist & Vennum and the St. Paul campus of the Jeremiah Program are collaborating to provide an additional 34 women and their children with consistent, reliable legal resources.  We’re happy to have worked with the Jeremiah Program and Cynthia Anderson of Lindquist & Vennum to form this partnership!

October 9, 2012
Call for Justice, LLC is excited to announce that it helped to facilitate a successful collaboration between the Minneapolis campus of the Jeremiah Program and Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi L.L.P. This means that 34 women and their children will no longer find themselves without reliable legal resources. It is a tremendous win for all involved! Our thanks to Autumn Nelson of the Robins Kaplan firm for making this collaboration possible!

October 5, 2012
We’ve added new resources to the website!  Call for Justice works with United Way 2-l-l to identify legal resources for the thousands of callers who contact 2-1-1 in search of legal assistance.  Our work with 2-1-1 includes creating a training manual and arranging for legal experts to discuss legal issues facing Minnesotans. Access training videos and training papers here!

August 8, 2012
The Hennepin County Bar Association Diversity Committee is hosting an important discussion about the proposed voter ID amendment! Join the conversation on August 16th at 11 a.m. If you can’t make it to the HCBA, the event will also be available as a webcast. Don’t miss out on this critical (and timely) point-counterpoint! Register here.

July 10, 2012
Volunteer interpreters and translators in the metro area:  After a number of Legal Liaisons indicated a need for interpreters, particularly Spanish, Somali and Karen, Call for Justice compiled a brief memo discussing metro area language services.  Access the memo here. If your program has an interpreter element and has capacity to collaborate, please contact Call for Justice for more information. Similarly, if you know of interpreter resources in the Twin Cities, please share that information with us. Interpreters are crucial to ensuring for civil legal system access.