• 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.

  • Join us for cocktails with a cause!

    Sep 7, 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 October topic, "Immigrant Children and Families: Providing Stability" will feature Mayra Garcia-Rivera of Minneapolis Public Schools, with remarks by Alison Olson Cox, Legal Aid Immigration Attorney.

    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: October 4, 5:30-7:30pm

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

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


    Far North Spirits http://farnorthspirits.com/

    Minneapolis Foundation http://www.minneapolisfoundation.org/

    MINNPOST https://www.minnpost.com/

    Thomson Reuters https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en.html

  • Access To Coverage

    Jun 23, 2017

    See how #LegalAidHelps people get healthcare with a boost from @bcbsmnfdn's Access to Coverage Grant Program:

  • Andrew Schaffer named as new Executive Director of MMLA

    Jun 8, 2017

    "Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA), Minnesota’s largest civil legal aid provider, today announced that its Board of Directors has selected Andrew (Drew) Schaffer as the organization’s new Executive Director."

    Read the whole press release here.

  • School Lunch Study Still Relevant, Requested, now Re-Published

    May 1, 2017

    In repsonse to ongoing school nutrition issues around the country, the Legal Services Advocacy Project's 2014 School Lunch Study is again published as a resource. You can read the report here.

  • Sixth Annual Legal Aid Access to Justice Luncheon

    Feb 27, 2017

    Sixth Annual Legal Aid Access to Justice Luncheon
    Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 11:30-1:00 p.m.
    Courtyard by Marriott St. Cloud, The Grand Ballroom
    404 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud
    Keynote Speaker Secretary of State Steve Simon

  • The Bar Examination – Legal topics served straight up

    Feb 27, 2017

    The Bar Examination – Legal topics served straight up

    Presented by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid together with MinnPost and Far North Spirits
    Our first Bar Examination is:Thursday, March 23, from 5-8 pm (program at 6:00)

    The topic will be Healthcare Access, Cost and Coverage — What’s Next?
    The featured speaker is Jim Eppel, President and CEO of UCare.

    Food Building in Northeast Minneapolis (1401 Marshall St. N.E.)

    Please join us for drinks, appetizers together with engaging and informative conversation.

    $5 / rsvp@mylegalaid.org


    Far North Spirits

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


    Winthrop Weinstine

  • Check out our new videos on employment resources

    Feb 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Disability Law Center is excited to announce two new webinars for parents with children or young adults. One webinar focuses on the fundamentals of special education law, processes, and principles – Available here: https://youtu.be/uBrdCj4OWxA . The other webinar provides information and resources on different ways to access employment-related supports and services – Available here: https://youtu.be/z5CUFZL-5H8 .

    These webinars are also helpful for families and parents with students who have different kinds of disabilities.

  • MLSC Publishes Economic Impact Report

    Jan 11, 2017

    The Minnesota Legal Services Coalition has published an economic impact study for legal aid efforts in the state. Read the full report here.

  • MMLA Executive Director Cathy Haukedahl Writes on Diversity for Bench & Bar

    Dec 13, 2016

    The December 2016 isssue of Bench & Bar magazine features an essay on diversity and inclusion by MMLA Executive Director Cathy Haukedahl. Read it here.

  • Minnesota Nonprofit to Reform Hiring Practices

    Nov 30, 2016

    When our client Bradford Teslow's application for a position as site supervisor was not even considered, he brought a human rights complaint. Read the Star Tribune article here.

  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s ‘Captain’ on Bias, Legal Aid & Justice

    Nov 30, 2016

    "My vision is that everyone, and especially the most vulnerable among us, has access to the legal help they need." - Cathy Haukedahl

    Read the Attorney At Law article here.

  • KARE11 story on real estate nightmare features MMLA attorney

    Nov 11, 2016

    A local family got burned in a "Contract for Deed" deal. MMLA Attorney Jay Wilkinson weighs in on the KARE11 story. View it here.

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