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A Minnesota Court of Appeals Victory

5.1.2010
We are excited to announce that Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) volunteer attorneys Ann Marie Hanrahan, Associate General Counsel at 3M, and Steven Lucke, Charles LaPlant and Mike Wahoske of Dorsey & Whitney, were successful in their appeal of CLC client N.Y.B’s expulsion from Anoka Hennepin School District. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the School District’s retroactive efforts to substantiate its expulsion decision were insufficient and that the expulsion violated N.Y.B.’s constitutional due process rights.

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.

Legislative Update

4.23.2010
We did it! On April 22, 2010, Senate File 2690/House File 3039 was signed into law. CLC has been actively supporting this bill, which contains specific policy changes that will benefit foster care youth and improve the child welfare system. Among its provisions, it clarifies that reviews of foster care matters must be held in court, so that children have an opportunity to participate, and it extends court jurisdiction over foster care cases up to age 21 for youth that choose to stay in foster care.

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.