This year, MJF is pleased to present its 2022 Lawyer Award to Raelene Caswell, Housing Advocate at Standpoint. Caswell (she/she) started working as a lawyer in 2009 and, as Standpoint`s housing lawyer, she works with the housing lawyer to help tenants/survivors of domestic and sexual violence deal with housing issues. These issues include breaking a lease for fear of violence, enforcing housing protection under the Violence Against Women Act, and communicating with landlords. It also provides training to lawyers from across the state. With his team of attorneys, Caswell provides legal representation through Standpoint`s Action Line for Housing, Protection Orders and Injunctions, and other safety-related concerns. She supervises and mentors Standpoint`s general interns, works with Alexandra House, responds to victims/survivors at the hospital, and provides support on the crisis line and through advocacy in shelters. Caswell has worked with several agencies, including the Sexual Violence Center, Cornerstone, Women`s Advocates, SafeJourney, Catholic Charities and Freedom House, to provide dignified services to those seeking safety. She is particularly passionate about preventing burnout and promoting the well-being and resilience of lawyers in the field. MJF`s 2022 Direct Service Award goes to Bradford Colbert of Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Professor Colbert is director of the Minnesota Prisoner Legal Assistance Clinic (LAMP) in Mitchell Hamline.
The LAMP clinic represents persons imprisoned in civil matters. LAMP cases range from standard resolutions to complex class actions. In addition to managing the LAM Clinic, Professor Colbert teaches criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure law at the Faculty of Law. While serving as appellate counsel, he argued Minnesota v. Carter in the U.S. Supreme Court (and lost). Professor Colbert has received the William E. McGee Public Defender Award of Excellence and the Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year. Our attorneys, staff and volunteers handle civil cases free of charge for Minnesota`s most vulnerable people.
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This year, MJF is pleased to welcome keynote speaker Robin Maher, longtime capital punishment advocate and federal defense attorney, former director of the ABA`s Death Penalty Representation Project, and now at the U.S. Department of Justice`s Office for Access to Justice, on « The Stories We Tell: humanity and hope in the justice system. » MJF will also recognize the recipients of its 2022 Distinguished Service Awards. Sign up to receive stories and updates from Legal Aid. We love making new connections in the community (and we promise not to overwhelm your inbox)! CMLS manages a robust volunteer lawyer program out of its offices in St. Cloud and Willmar. We connect local lawyers with appropriate clients to provide support in civil cases. If you are a licensed lawyer looking to get involved, contact us today!.