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

8.26.10
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.

Adamma’s Story

8.10.2010
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.

Volunteer of the Month, August 2010- Jim Proman

8.10.2010
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.

Volunteer of the Month, July 2010- Larry Espel

7.14.2010
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.

Volunteer of the Month, June 2010- Jody Alholinna

6.5.2010
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.

Mary Vasaly Receives the 2010 Myra Bradwell Award

5.13.2010
Congratulations to Children’s Law Center (CLC) volunteer attorney, Mary Vasaly, partner at Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand. Mary received Minnesota Women Lawyers’ highest honor, the Myra Bradwell Award. This award is presented to a member who expresses the highest ideal of the legal profession, evidencing qualities such as courage, perseverance, and leadership on issues of concern to women.

Volunteer of The Month, May 2010- Ann Marie Hanrahan

5.3.2010
Congratulations to Ann Marie Hanrahan, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC)’s Volunteer of the Month. Ann Marie is Associate General Counsel at 3M, and has been a volunteer attorney for CLC since 2004. In that time she has represented a total of seven foster clients for CLC. In all of her work, Ann Marie has shown exceptional dedication to her clients and unfailing willingness to fight for their rights.

Volunteer of The Month, April 2010- Ryan Check

4.3.2010
Congratulations to Ryan Check, CLC’s April Volunteer of the Month. Ryan is a corporate attorney with Virtual Radiologic Corporation, and has been a CLC volunteer since July 2008. Ryan previously had limited courtroom experience, but in March he successfully completed a trial for his CLC client. As Ryan explains, “my recent experience representing a young man whose father was the subject of a petition to terminate his parental rights has given me an even greater appreciation of the important role that CLC plays in the foster care and child-protective services system.

Volunteer of the Month, March 2010- Salima Khakoo

3.2.2010
Salima Khakoo: A big thank you this month to a volunteer who is not officially a CLC volunteer. Last month, when one of CLC’s volunteer attorneys discovered they needed some help with a client’s immigration issues, Salima Khakoo stepped in to help the client with the special juvenile immigrant visa process.

Volunteer Of the Month, February 2010- Sam Lockner

2.2.2010
Sam Lockner, CLC’s February 2010 Volunteer of the Month
Recently, one of Sam’s clients was informed by county staff that he had to appear at a review hearing, even though the client had already chosen to waive his appearance and not attend. Sam was not afforded adequate notice of the county’s position and wasn’t able to help his client prepare for appearing in person at court.