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.
In 2012, Call for Justice identified Jeremiah Program as in need of pro bono services. Jeremiah Program, which houses approximately 80 women and their 100 children in an effort to fight intergenerational poverty, had lost its part-time legal provider. Upon learning this, C4J reached out to the Robins, Kaplan and Lindquist & Vennum law firms in an effort to institutionalize the delivery of pro bono legal services. Both firms responded affirmatively, with Robins, Kaplan “adopting” the Jeremiah Program’s Minneapolis campus and Lindquist “adopting” Jeremiah’s Saint Paul Campus. Volunteer Lawyers Network of Minneapolis provided logistical support for the collaboration.
The NLADA Beacon of Justice award is intended to recognized law firms that have devoted considerable resources to creating and implementing innovative strategies to improve life outcomes for those with low incomes.
A key feature of the Jeremiah Program collaboration is that Jeremiah’s Life Skill Coaches participate in the legal clinics offered by each law firm. This assists both clients and lawyer in ensuring for positive outcomes.
“We’ve always believed the Jeremiah Program collaboration represents the future of legal services delivery—combining legal skills with people skills—to give clients the best chance of successfully navigating the legal issues they encounter,” said Ellie Krug, C4J Executive Director. “We are very happy that Robins, Kaplan has been honored for its work with Jeremiah. We hope this is the first of many instances in which law firms with which we collaborate are recognized.”