CMLS Attorney to be Honored at MJF’s Annual Awards Celebration November 7

 Elizabeth F. Sauer

Elizabeth F. Sauer

This Wednesday, November 7, marks Minnesota Justice Foundation’s Annual Awards Celebration. Every year since 1991, MJF has honored the work of public interest attorneys, private pro bono attorneys, advocates, and law students whose commitment to service shines as a beacon of hope and embodies the very best of our profession.

This year, MJF’s award for Outstanding Service by a Direct Legal Services provider will go to Elizabeth F. Sauer, supervising attorney at Central Minnesota Regional Legal Services (CMLS).

Sauer has been the housing supervising attorney at CMLS since May 2017, with over seven years of prior service as a staff attorney. While she focuses on housing law, her caseload also includes family law cases, predominantly Orders for Protection. Her advocacy skills and legal knowledge exceed expectations for her seniority at CMLS, and she handles hundreds of housing cases on an annual basis. Countless tenants in Hennepin and Anoka counties have avoided homelessness because of Sauer’s outstanding advocacy.

Sauer has become an expert in subsidized housing law, and CMLS attorneys who have cases involving vouchers, as well as attorneys from other legal aid programs, regularly consult with her on their own cases. She mentors CMLS attorneys in all the program’s offices, and provides counsel to other attorneys in Minnesota, thereby improving advocacy for clients statewide.

Sauer has represented over a thousand clients during her career, and through her mentoring of others, has impacted hundreds more cases. She is always on the look-out for new ways to apply the law to ensure that clients remain housed, and that their housing is in good repair.  Her work recognizes the essential role that housing plays in a client’s success in all areas of life. 

MJF’s 2018 award winners also include Timothy McLarnan of McLarnan & Skatvold – Moorhead, recipient of the Private Practice Award; Imani Jaafar of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, recipient of the Advocate Award; and law students Royzetta Evans of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Dr. Susan Craig, M. D. of the University of Minnesota Law School, and Jonathan Snyder of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

There’s still time to get a ticket to the Annual Awards Celebration. Click here for more information and to reserve your ticket.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Helps Ensure Immigrants’ Rights

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Starting this month, immigrant community members will be reminded of their rights in all Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) squad cars. Thanks to the hard work and effective advocacy of attorneys at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, printed placards explaining an immigrant’s right to remain silent about their place of birth, and immigration status, along with other applicable rights, have been placed on the back seat of MPD squads in both English and Spanish. Staff attorneys Alison Olson Cox and Laura Wilson worked closely with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office on the placard language. Cox was also a strong advocate for the city to take ownership of the placard and the recitation of immigrant rights. 

Read more about the placards in the Star Tribune.

Disability Law Center Deputy Director Featured in Minnesota Lawyer

 Pamela Hoopes

Pamela Hoopes

This summer Minnesota Lawyer announced its 2018 Diversity & Inclusion honorees as part of its commitment to diversity in our judicial system. Honorees were named in legacy, individual and group categories.

During the month of October, the magazine will celebrate the contributions of these recipients by featuring them individually. Currently featured in the individual category is honoree Pamela Hoopes, deputy director/legal director of the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.

Hoopes’ contributions to diversity and inclusion span 20 years, during which she has championed the rights of disabled Minnesotans, primarily by helping them gain access to the courts. She supervises MDLC’s legal work, in addition to lending her experience as a trainer on disability law. Read more about Hoopes in Minnesota Lawyer.

Legal Services Advocacy Project Publishes 2018 Session Summaries

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The Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP) has released its annual Session Summaries. These summaries address specific changes to Minnesota law made by the 2018 Legislature in a range of legal areas relevant to low‐income and financially‐fragile Minnesotans, and the attorneys and advocates who serve and represent them.

The summaries are divided by area of substantive law, and contain contact information for the lead LSAP attorney in that area. Read the 2018 Summaries.