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Settlement will lead to changes for deaf prison inmates – Minnesota Lawyer

Minnesota Lawyer’s Dan Heilman interviews Minnesota Disability Law Center Attorney, Sonja Peterson. Peterson represented client inmates in a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Legal Aid explains impact of Supreme Court decision on KARE 11

Litigation Director Luke Grundman describes how criminalizing homelessness could have an even more devastating impact on a community already marginalized and vulnerable.

Minnesota owes group of special-education students additional services – Star Tribune

The Minnesota Department of Ed will pay $3.2M to settle a class action lawsuit filed by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Minnesota Disability Law Center. Read the full story by Anthony Lonetree in the Star Tribune.

Breaking the Ice: Legal aid lawyer puts mission over pay — MinnLawyer

Minnesota Lawyer caught up with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Attorney Sarah McGuire. In her eight years at MMLA St. Cloud, she’s helped more than 1,250 households impacted by domestic violence. She’s also the 2023 recipient of the Becker Emerging Leader Award.

Breaking the Ice: MMLA chief builds on tradition – MinnLawyer

Gain insights about Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Executive Director in this “Breaking the Ice” interview with reporter Todd Nelson of Minnesota Lawyer.

Senate passes tenants’ rights legislation; GOP senator fixates on ‘squatters’ – MN Reformer

This session, Legal Aid’s Julia Zwak joined housing advocates, pushing to pass the “Tenants’ Rights Bill.” As that push proved successful in the senate, detractors made claims against the bill. And again, Zwak set the record straight. Read all about it in the Minnesota Reformer.

Disability Rights advocates rally for legislation at Minnesota Capitol – WCCO

In proud support of the disability community, MMLA’s Minnesota Disability Law Center joined voices calling to end the subminimum wage, improve teacher training and remove barriers to medical assistance. WCCO’s coverage included an interview with Legal Aid’s Ryan Haenze.

Child tax credit would include 18-year-olds under proposed bill – Session Daily

Legal Aid Attorney Jessica Webster describes the 2023 child tax credit as a “powerful anti-poverty tool” and calls the 2024 proposal, “smart and equitable tax policy.”

Powerless no more: Tenants could gain rights in utility disputes – Session Daily

Attorney Ron Elwood highlighted the problems tenants face when landlords co-opt the role of utility companies. View testimony via link, included in this Sessions Daily write-up.

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