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.

Mayo Clinic Recognizes SMRLS, LAOC, and Partners With Shared Value Award

Rochester’s famed Mayo Clinic lauded Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) and Legal Assistance of Olmsted County (LAOC) this month for their efforts to prevent evictions in Olmsted County. Along with collaborators Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Olmsted County District Court, LAOC and SMRLS received the 2018 Mayo Clinic Shared Value Award for their “Eviction Prevention” project.  

Mayo’s annual award addresses community-wide health priorities in Olmsted County, and the Eviction Prevention project is designed to help address financial stress and mental health.

Karen Fairbairn Nath, executive director of LAOC noted, “Once a notice of eviction is filed with the court, the eviction is permanently on an individual’s record and may, at minimum, prevent a person from obtaining future rental housing. This often brings on a cascading set of negative effects, including longer-term financial instability and mental health stress for individuals and families, among others.” Read more about the project and award.

LADC’s Executive Director in Minnesota Lawyer’s Unsung Spotlight

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Earlier this month, as part of its Unsung Legal Heroes series, Minnesota Lawyer magazine featured Sharon Jones, executive director of Legal Assistance of Dakota County (LADC).

LADC is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides critical civil legal services to low-income families and individuals in Dakota County, MN. Founded in 1972, LADC focuses primarily on family law and routinely partners with the Dakota County District Court administration and the Dakota County Law Library to run the Dakota County Family Court Self-Help Center, a consumer law Clinic and regular community legal education clinics/presentations on a range of legal topics.

About her work at LADC, Jones said, “It is a privilege to do the work that I love, and to help people during the hardest and scariest parts of their lives.  Also, I couldn’t do the work I do without the support of the local legal community – both in terms of our incredible volunteers and financial support from the local bar.” Read more in Unsung: Sharon Jones.