Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Announces Danielle Shelton Walczak as New Executive Director
Nov 8, 2021
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) has named Danielle Shelton Walczak as its new executive director overseeing the agency’s efforts to bring civil legal assistance to people throughout twenty counties in central Minnesota including Hennepin County.
Fair Housing Act Lawsuit Victory
Oct 26, 2021
MMLA attorney Rebecca Stillman wins Fair Housing Act lawsuit, requiring Minneapolis landlord to pay $750,000 to settle allegations of sexual harassment against his tenants.
Read the MPRNews story here.
Ending the Subminimum Wage in Minnesota -- Executive Summary September 2021
Sep 29, 2021
The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) is releasing the executive summary of our forthcoming report about subminimum wages in Minnesota. While this is only a brief summary, the full report will be released in late 2021.
Click here to read the report.
Minnesota Disability Law Center Press Release - Age 21 Lawsuit
Aug 19, 2021
This lawsuit by the Minnesota Disability Law Center seeks a change in Minnesota law to allow special education eligibility for potentially an additional year of education and compensatory education for Minnesota students who missed out on services after their 21st birthday.
Students who are ages 19-21 and receiving special education services may contact MDLC’s Kelsey Mize, email@example.com, for further questions.
Read Press Release HERE:.
Delivering justice — on a bus
Aug 13, 2021
Mobile fleet will bring civil legal help where it’s hard to come by
The way Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and affiliated organizations see it, if you can’t come to legal help, maybe it can come to you.
Read the Minnesota Lawyer article here.
New Justice Buses To Deliver Free Legal Aid Across Minnesota
Jul 30, 2021
Buses part of larger Reach Justice Project aimed at bridging the legal divide through increased technology, mobility, and access for all
Spurred by a growing reckoning of the need for equal access to legal services across Minnesota, a first-of-its-kind fleet of mobile legal clinics have found their way across Minnesota with a launch from the State Capitol this morning. Four mobile Justice Buses left Capitol grounds this morning to travel across Minnesota and serve Minnesotans in need.
Read the Business Insider article here.
MMLA Job Posting: Executive Director
Jun 28, 2021
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) is seeking an executive director to lead the organization in achieving its mission of improving the lives of people in need through the delivery of legal representation services in individual cases and additional systemic legal and policy advocacy. Our work delivers justice to people, breaks the cycle of poverty, ensures fairness, and gets results that change lives! To learn more about our work, visit our website or our Facebook page.
Click here for job posting details.
MMLA's parter organization, Legal Services State Support, has designed a mobile app aimed at bringing free legal aid to more Minnesotans.
Jun 7, 2021
The effort, launched this month by St. Paul-based Legal Services State Support and the California-based digital design firm Y Media Labs, created a bigger and better LawHelpMN.org website to respond to a host of rising needs in Minnesota.
The newly revised website and app expands access of pro bono law information and services to Minnesotans in need.
Read Star Tribune article here.
MDLC releases three timely reports
Sep 30, 2020
Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) has released three reports: “Into Adulthood: Your Guide to Disability Access”, a guide for young people moving into adulthood; “Impact of COVID on Employment Services”, how employment services for people with disabilities have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic; and “MDLC Voting Report”, on how accessible polling places are for people with disabilities.
LSAP releases 2020 legislative session summary
Aug 20, 2020
The Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP) is pleased to present the 2020 Session Summaries. They are divided by topic area of substantive law and reflect the law changes made by the Legislature in 2020 (through the Third Special Session) that in whole or in significant part impact Legal Aid’s clients. Read the complete summary.
Project Care of MMLA launches Facebook Live broadcast series
Jul 23, 2020
Project Care of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid presents a Facebook Live Broadcast Series: Because Your Health Matters – The Expected, Unexpected, and Everything in Between.
The series — presented in English, Spanish and Somali — will feature topics such as Minnesota’s new insulin affordability program, COVID-19 coverage, life event changes, MNsure myths, and open enrollment. MNsure Certified Navigators welcome questions from participants.
Next up is Minnesota’s New Insulin Affordability Program via Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/LegalAid)
- ENGLISH BROADCAST: Wednesday, August 12, 3pm
- SOMALI BROADCAST: Wednesday, August 19, 1pm
- SPANISH BROADCAST: Wednesday, August 19, 3pm
Learn about MN's new Insulin Safety Net Program including what the program covers, who qualifies, where to apply, and how to get help with an application. We will discuss both the Urgent Need program and the Continuing Need program. Questions are welcome!
Project Care, a program of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, focuses on helping area residents obtain and maintain healthcare coverage with an emphasis on assisting those eligible for a public healthcare program and those who are from traditionally under-served communities. Outreach and education activities inform residents about the healthcare options available, identify those who might qualify for coverage, and overcome barriers that threaten enrollment. Skilled Navigators provide one-to-one assistance to ensure that residents are enrolled in the plans most appropriate for them and their families. Continuing assistance is available to help with renewals and complete other program requirements.
MMLA expresses support and solidarity
May 26, 2020
We at MMLA wish to express our support for and solidarity with those who, like us, are mourning and protesting the police killing of George Floyd. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the racial inequities we see in our work every day and exacerbated them. This is yet another example of a routine call that becomes a tragedy for those with less access to resources, to basic human rights, and to justice.
We appreciate the response of the police chief and the mayor so far. We hope for accountability not only for the individuals involved in this incident, but also for the systems of racial inequity that our neighbors face every day. In addition to the threat of police violence, our clients struggle to access their most basic needs for safe and stable housing, food, health care, education, and employment.
Please join us in speaking out with whatever power you have, in whatever ways your conscience guides you. This is not a time for silence.
Minnesota Legal Advocates Race to Prepare for Eviction Court in COVID-19 World
May 12, 2020
Star Tribune report features Luke Grundman, Legal Aid’s Minneapolis housing practice manager, discussing the health and safety concerns Legal Aid’s clients face in court as an eviction wave looms on the horizon. Read more here.
IRS Closures, Service Cutbacks Turn Tax Queries Into a Struggle
Apr 7, 2020
Bloomberg Tax reports on the IRS’s pandemic response are making it nearly impossible to reach the agency by phone or mail, hampering individuals and tax advisers trying to resolve issues not covered by a recent enforcement freeze. Read more here.
Gov. Walz Announces Halt To Eviction Proceedings Amid Coronavirus
Mar 24, 2020
Star Tribune reports Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday a ban on new eviction proceedings to prevent Minnesota landlords from removing people from their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
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