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Children’s Law Center of Minnesota Announces its 15th Annual Benefit & Celebration and its 2010 Award Winners



St. Paul, MN, August 26, 2010 – Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) announces its 2010 Award Winners.  CLC is giving its Distinguished Service Award to UnitedHealth Group and Lindquist & Vennum.  Dr. Amos Deinard is the Rosalie E. Wahl Justice for Children Award winner, and Minneapolis Police Officers Michael Kirchen and Mark Klukow, creators of the Bike Cops for Kids program, and Dorsey & Whitney attorney Sellano Simmons are the Heroes for Children Award recipients.  The awards will be presented at CLC’s 15th Annual Benefit & Celebration, Wednesday, September 29th, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Windows on Minnesota at the top of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Established in 1995, CLC provides free legal representation and advocacy for abused and neglected children who are now in the foster care system.  Foster youth are overwhelmingly at risk for becoming homeless, incarcerated or on public welfare.  Through direct legal representation, advocating for policy changes, and by working in collaboration with other service providers and supporters of foster care and at-risk youth, CLC helps stabilize the lives of children who have been physically and sexually abused, abandoned and/or neglected.  With the help of hundreds of volunteer attorneys, CLC provides free representation to between 300-400 foster children every year and is the only organization in Minnesota that solely represents children.  CLC is a leader in the communities that work with and for our most vulnerable, at-risk children.

CLC is proud to have partnered with both Lindquist & Vennum and UnitedHealth Group to help foster children.  Lindquist & Vennum has provided hundreds of hours in research that informs CLC’s policy decisions.  UnitedHealth Group’s team of volunteer attorneys provides informative, quality representation for many CLC foster clients.  These volunteers have worked diligently to ensure their clients are stable and cared for.

Dr. Amos Deinard is being honored with the Rosalie E. Wahl Justice for Children Award for his innovative idea to meld medical and legal service by starting a law clinic within a medical clinic in one of Minneapolis’ most impoverished neighborhoods.  He has fought to provide justice to those who cannot afford legal services, without which they would not be provided the justice they deserve.

CLC will present two Heroes for Children Awards this year.  Bike Cops for Kids, a program designed to engage children from the North and South Sides of Minneapolis during the summer months.  The children are rewarded with helmets and free bikes for good, safe behavior.  These positive encounters encourage public safety, stronger communities and a foundation of trust between positive adults and children.  Sellano Simmons, an attorney at Minnesota law firm Dorsey & Whitney, is being honored with the Hero for Children award because of his ability to truly connect with youth.  Through his work at Dorsey & Whitney’s legal clinic, his Board service and mentoring, he has touched the lives of many youth and inspired them to succeed.

For more information, or to make reservations to attend CLC’s 15th Annual Benefit & Celebration, please visit http://www.clcmn.org/news-events/save-the-date/, or call Children’s Law Center at 651-644-4438.