• Legal Aid Helps Ensure Voting Access for All Minnesotans

    Oct 17, 2018

    ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2018!
    Do you need information about your voting
    rights? Are you having problems voting?
    Call Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/Minnesota
    Disability Law Center’s free statewide Election Day Voter Hotline!!
    1-800-292-4150

    Link to PDF flyer here.

  • Join us for cocktails with a cause!

    Jul 11, 2018

    Join us for cocktails with a cause on Thursday, August 2! 5:30 to 7:30, program at 6.
    The Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    Legal Aid, in partnership with MinnPost and Far North Spirits, invite you to enjoy signature cocktails and farm to table appetizers as we examine the important topic of elder abuse.

    "Elder Abuse: Vulnerable Adults At Risk" will feature Cheryl Hennen, State Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, Minnesota Board on Aging. Cheryl's office works to enhance the quality of life and services for long-term care consumers through advocacy, education and empowerment. Genevieve Gaboriault, Managing Attorney for Legal Aid's Senior Law Project, will provide brief remarks. The program includes a community Q & A related to the topic.

    Thanks to our sponsors, admission includes appetizers from The Draft Horse and drinks, including a seasonal cocktail designed for the evening by Far North Spirits. This fun and informative event will be held at the Food Building, which is an experience in and of itself. We hope you'll attend, partake and discuss!

    Admission $5. RSVP to rsvp@mylegalaid.org or 612-746-3709.

    Presenting Sponsor
    RBC Wealth Management

    Sponsors
    Allianz Life Insurance Company
    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
    Maureen Kucera-Walsh

  • LSAP attorney contributes to Federal Reserve article on small-dollar loan product

    Jun 21, 2018

    Legal Services Advocacy Project supervising attorney Ron Elwood recently weighed in on an alternative "payday lending" product. Read more from the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis website here.

  • Shortage of home health workers forcing young Minnesotans with disabilities into institutions

    May 7, 2018

    A Star Tribune article quotes MDLC attorney Bud Rosenfield on the impact of a shortage of home healthcare workers. Read the story here.

  • "Work is Possible" Workshop Available to Arrowhead Region Residents

    Apr 17, 2018

    “Work is Possible” is a free workshop designed to give job seekers with disabilities and their families access to resources and support that can help make employment in the workforce possible. The workshop is a product of A Working Life Alliance (AWLA), of which the Minnesota Disability Law Center is a member. Read more from HometownFocus.us.

  • Legal Aid Attorney Talks Renters Rights on MPR

    Apr 3, 2018

    Luke Grundman, the Managing Attorney of MMLA’s housing practice group in Minneapolis, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday to talk about legal issues for our clients in the current Twin Cities rental housing market. Here is a link where you can access the piece to learn about the challenges our clients face meeting their basic housing needs and some of the work we do to help them. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/02/renters-rights-in-a-tight-rental-market.

  • MMLA Staff Attorney Contributes to MPR Story on Landlord-Renter Conflicts

    Feb 22, 2018

    Georgina Santos, Staff Attorney in our housing unit, talks about the problems caused by UDs on a tenant's housing record - and the information the UD does NOT give. Listen to/read the Minnesota Public Radio story here.

  • Indeed Brewing Hosts February Fundraiser for Legal Aid

    Jan 18, 2018

    Once again Indeed Brewery is sponsoring a night to support Legal Aid!

    Wednesday, February 21
    4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Indeed Tap Room
    711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    What better way to support Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) than with cold beer?! On February 21st, as part of their #indeedwecan initiative, Indeed Brewing Company will donate 100% (YES, 100%) of their net profits to Legal Aid!

    Come join us for a beer or two, and food from the GASTROTRUCK, Artisanal Street Cuisine. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your growler - the more people we bring, the more donations to Legal Aid to support access to justice for all.

    Brewery tours at 5:00 and 6:00.

    The event is also on Facebook, so please share it with your friends.

  • Join us for cocktails with a cause!

    Dec 8, 2017

    Legal Aid, in partnership with MinnPost and Far North Spirits, provides opportunities for you to enjoy a drink and appetizers as you learn about today’s topical legal and policy matters.

    Our January topic, “Sex Trafficking in Minnesota: Progress and Hope” will feature Lauren Martin, PhD, University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, with remarks by Irene Opsahl, Supervising Attorney of Legal Aid’s Youth Law Project.

    Admission includes delicious appetizers from Draft Horse and a signature drink designed just for the evening by Far North Spirits. The event will be held at the Food Building, which is an experience in and of itself. We hope you’ll attend, partake and discuss!

    Date and Time: January 17 , 5:30-7:30pm

    Location: Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis

    Admission $5. RSVP to rsvp@mylegalaid.org or 612-746-3709.

    Sponsors

    Far North Spirits http://farnorthspirits.com/

    MINNPOST https://www.minnpost.com/

    Carlson http://www.carlson.com/

    Nicollet Investment Group https://www.rbcwmfa.com/nicig/aboutus.htm

    Minnesota Vikings http://www.vikings.com/

  • Gov Dayton to form work group in response to elder abuse reports

    Dec 4, 2017

    Officials from Minnesota AARP will participate in a "work group" to improve oversight of senior care facilities, in response to investigations by Star Tribune journalists. Read more from the Star Tribune here.

  • A Legal Aid report outlining “lunch shaming” led to the 2014 law

    Nov 21, 2017

    A Legal Aid report outlining “lunch shaming” led to the 2014 law that directs schools NOT to take public action against kids whose families can’t pay for their lunches. Jessica Webster with the Legal Services Advocacy Project believes some school districts have maintained the practice. Read the article here.

  • Attorney at Law Magazine interview with MMLA Deputy Director Ann Cofell

    Nov 14, 2017

    In high school, Ann Cofell loved to argue and wanted to do public service. Read the full Q&A with Cofell here.

  • Toward Justice Fall 2017 Newsletter

    Nov 2, 2017

    Click here to read the Toward Justice Fall 2017 newsletter.

  • The United States District Court has issued a decision

    Sep 29, 2017

    The United States District Court has issued a decision that restores hope to the approximately 14,000 Minnesotans with disabilities, many of whom are stuck living in corporate group homes. Today Judge Donovan Frank certified a class action for those individuals with disabilities in our community who want to live, like most of us do, near friends and family. With this ruling, the federal court is allowing a challenge to statewide overreliance on corporate group homes to house individuals with disabilities. For years, Minnesota has failed to provide citizens with disabilities with the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in individualized settings in a manner that would be consistent with federal law. The conduct of the state of Minnesota does not make sense and is not fair. This decision is a signal that it is time for a change.

    The decision can be found here.

  • Decision for Legal Aid Client Affirms: the Law is Not Optional

    Sep 22, 2017

    Mr. Matthews lived in a group residential home badly in need of repair. When the ceiling in his room collapsed, he called city inspectors to complain. In response, the housing provider deactivated his key fob and denied him access to his room and Mr. Matthews was forced to live on the street. We represented Mr. Matthews in his case. The housing provider claimed that it didn’t have to follow eviction law because it was a “lodging establishment.” The court disagreed, and awarded Mr. Matthews access to his home, damages and attorney fees.

    The law is not optional. #LegalAidHelps people fight back against housing providers who think it is. Read the court's decision here.

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