• Panel: Mental Health, Crisis Training Needed To Curb Fatal Police Shootings

    Feb 24, 2020

    MPR reports on recommendations to curb fatal encounters with police released by a panel of police, legal and policy. Read more here.

  • St. Paul To Pay $95K To Settle Deaf Woman's Discrimination Suit

    Feb 20, 2020

    Star Tribune reports on a case brought by a deaf woman who said the St. Paul Police Department did not provide her with a qualified. Read more here.

  • Minnesota Eviction Numbers See Dramatic Decline In Past Decade

    Feb 17, 2020

    Star Tribune reports positive housing news attributed to a rise of eviction prevention programs, more tenants getting lawyers and the end of the foreclosure crisis. Read more here.

  • Advocates Prepare For New Wave Of Confusion Over 'Public Charge' Rule For Immigrants

    Jan 28, 2020

    Star Tribune reports on how the Trump administration's new "public charge" rules make it more challenging for low-income immigrants to get green cards. Read more here.

  • Disability Law Center's Recent Victory

    Oct 1, 2019

    We are so proud of our Disability Law Center's recent victory in the federal class action lawsuit, Murphy v. Harpstead!

    The lawsuit challenges Minnesota's statewide practice of over reliance on corporate foster care settings as housing for those with disabilities. On Sept. 27, 2019, the US Senior District Court Judge found that current notice policy used by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to inform people who are being denied housing services violates Due Process rights under the 14th Amendment. The Judge also ruled against DHS by finding that Plaintiffs' ADA claim is allowed to proceed to trial.
    Litigation Director Justin Perl says: "We believe that this case has the ability to improve the lives of all individuals living in group homes in Minnesota, by informing them of their housing options and providing support to those who want to live more independently in their community, just like people without disabilities. We need a consistent statewide system and we are prepared to take the matter to trial in order to protect the rights of all of our clients."

    United States District Court Memorandum Opinion and Order, 9/27/19

  • MMLA Seeks Consultant for Racial Equity Strategic Planning

    Aug 19, 2019

    MMLA is seeking a consultant for its racial equity strategic planning process. Details are available here. Please submit proposals by September 30, 2019.

  • Dan Stewart Has Been Selected As Our Disability Law Center's New Legal Director

    May 20, 2019

    We are happy to let you know that Dan Stewart has been selected as MMLA/MDLC’s new Deputy Director/Legal Director, effective when Pamela Hoopes retires at the end of May.

    For the past twelve years, Dan has been a Supervising Attorney for MDLC, heading up our Youth Services and Employment teams. Dan is a leader in advocating for systemic policy changes in special education and in the realm of employment. Recently, Dan has also taken on supervision of the Youth Law Project in our Minneapolis poverty law practice. Before joining MMLA/MDLC, Dan practiced with a private firm and with the state Department of Education, and founded the University of Minnesota Law School’s Special Education clinic. In addition to being an attorney, Dan has a masters degree in education administration, and a PhD in social work.

  • Hennepin County Grant Funds Legal Help for Immigration Defendants

    Nov 2, 2018

    MPR news reports on the legal assistance effort for immigrant detainees. Read more here.

  • Rumors of DHS Rule Changes Impact MN Immigrants

    Oct 25, 2018

    MPR News has a story about the effects service providers are seeing as a result of rumored federal immigration rule changes, which were leaked to the Washington Post last Spring. Listen/read more here.

  • Legal Aid Introduces its Racial Justice Values Statement

    Oct 19, 2018

    Legal Aid’s Racial Justice Values Statement:

    Diversity, inclusion and equity are core values for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and it is critical that we incorporate these values into all aspects of our work. We recognize the particular and highly detrimental impact of racism – and Minnesota’s racial disparities – on MMLA’s clients and staff. We will therefore devote special attention to issues of racial justice.

    We commit to:

    • Ensuring our work is rooted in the communities which we serve
    • Strengthening MMLA’s organizational capacity through increased racial diversity, inclusion and equity
    • Developing and applying a racial equity lens to our work with clients
    • Advancing the cause of racial justice in our client representation and policy advocacy work.
  • 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.

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