As a child, Steve lived with his Mom and her boyfriend who was a pimp and drug dealer. Mom’s boyfriend routinely beat the heck out of Steve and his mother. Steve was forced to watch as the boyfriend murdered a rival drug dealer. Even then Steve lived with his mother till she died of an illness when he was 11. Child Protection placed Steve in the care of his father who had remarried. The stepmother hated him and abused him. Eventually, his father kicked him out of the house and he ended up on the streets.
CLC would also like to congratulate the following individuals for their achievements in September:
Anne Tyler Gueinzius, Ann Marie Hanrahan, Robert Nelson, Boyd Savage and Cyrenthia Shaw. Congratiulations!
When considering our Volunteer of the Month selection for September, one name stood out: Pete Hendrixson. Pete’s incredible recent efforts on behalf of one very special client, in addition to his many years of commitment to CLC, made this pick an easy one. Pete Hendrixson has been a volunteer attorney for CLC since 1998. He served on CLC’s Board of Directors from 2003 through 2008, including one term as President.
My name is Eli. I used to live with my mom. She and her boyfriend would beat my brother Antonio and me with golf clubs and extension cords and then keep us home from school so no one would see the bruises. She’d be watching TV or cooking and then something would just set her off. Sometimes her boyfriend would hold us down while mom hit us. For fun he’d throw my little brother across the room and laugh about it.
The cops came once to bust mom for weed. They noticed we were pretty bruised so they took us to the hospital for a few days.
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.
My name is Adamma, and I was adopted from Eastern Africa with my three younger sisters in 2005. I loved attending school, and I received all A’s that first year of my adoption. I even started looking at college brochures. My sisters joined soccer teams and we made lots of friends in the neighborhood and at our church. We were getting excited about our futures, until everything changed.
CLC’s August Volunteer of the Month is Jim Proman. We are honoring Jim both for his outstanding representation of foster children, and for his all-around support of CLC and the work we do.
Jim is always thinking about how he can help CLC. When he comes across an article in the New York Times or other publications, he sends CLC a link to the article, in case it may be helpful. We wholeheartedly appreciate Jim’s enthusiasm for the work CLC does. Jim has also been a faithful financial supporter of CLC for many years, and he is a frequent attendee at CLC events, such as the Wine-Tasting Party held in May. We enjoy seeing Jim at these events and truly appreciate his consistent support over the years.
Congratulations to Larry Espel, CLC’s July 2010 Volunteer of the Month
Larry Espel founded Green Espel in 1993. Larry serves as lead counsel in many high-stakes, complex disputes. His well-reputed practice includes federal and state litigation in Minnesota and throughout the country.
CLC is pleased to name Jody Alholinna as its Volunteer of the Month! Jody has been a friend of CLC since it was founded. She was one of many individuals who helped CLC prepare for its opening in 1995, and she has been a longstanding supporter ever since. She has served on the CLC Board of Directors, has provided considerable behind-the-scenes help to the Board over the years, and has represented eight CLC clients.