Children's Law Center NEWS is HERE!
In case you missed it, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota’s celebrated 16 years of serving foster care and at risk youth on Thursday, October 6th at Windows on Minnesota.  With over 200 people in attendance, the evening included a saxophone performance by CLC client Michael and a spoken word performance by CLC client Markita.  Thank you to all of you who came and participated in the raffle, silent and live auctions, and the fund-a-need pledge.  The event was a great success celebrating all those who give so much for our vulnerable youth and raising much needed funds so CLC can continue to do its important work for these kids.

Sponsors – It was an honor to have old and new sponsors for the event this year.  A very special thank you to the following:
Underwriter Champion:
UnitedHealth Group
3M, Dorsey & Whitney and The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, Fredrikson & Byron and The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation, Medtronic, Inc., Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
Faegre & Benson, Fulbright & Jaworski, Leonard Street and Deinard, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly
Briggs and Morgan, 
Greene Espel, Lindquist & Vennum, Maslon, Edleman, Borman & Brand, Merchant & Gould, Nilan Johnson Lewis,  The Whitney Foundation, Zelle Hofmann Voebel & Mason,
Barnes & Thornburg, Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, Lockridge Grindal Nauen
, US Bank
Best Buy, Best & Flanagan,
Fish & Richardson, Gray Plant Mooty,  The Law Offices of Roy S. Ginsburg, Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner, SuperValu, Thompson Coe, Walling, Berg & Debele

Click HERE for a complete list of CLC ANNUAL BENEFIT donors including individuals.

CLC is currently less than $1,600 away from earning a Matching Grant of $50,000.00 from the Otto Bremer Foundation! Don't wait!

Celebrating Excellence: Congratulations to CLC's 2011 Award Winners
Distinguished Service Awards: CLC was pleased to give its 2011 Distinguished Service Awards to:
Lockridge Grindal Nauen: For its compassion for at risk children and dedication to engaging in pro bono work for the less fortunate, LGN partnered with CLC to provide expert legal representation and counseling to Minnesota foster children. CLC is pleased and proud to have Lockridge, Grindal lawyers helping us achieve our goal of giving all children in foster care a voice in the systems that affect their lives.

Medtronic, Inc: For its very talented and committed group of volunteer attorneys who have had extraordinary impact on the lives of their CLC clients, and for the thousands of hours Medtronic attorneys and project partner Baker & McKenzie attorneys worked to help produce "Accessing Healthcare for Children in the Child Welfare System", an invaluable tool that is informing CLC's direct representation program and policy initiatives.
Nick Vogel Accepts his award from CLC Board President Lisa Fulton  Libby Bergman poses with her 2011 Heroes for Children Award
CLC Heroes for Children Awards: For their significant contributions to the well being of Minnesota's children, CLC presented its Heroes for Children Awards to:

Nick Vogel: As a senior social worker in Hennepin County, Nick’s commitment to foster youth and his willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of him has endeared him to his clients and been a major factor in how successful they have been. He approaches each child as an individual and finds opportunities uniquely suited to that child’s needs and desires. Much like any good parent, he goes out of his way to expose his clients to new opportunities, challenges and experiences, and has dedicated his life to ensuring his foster care clients reach their full potential as adults.

Libby Bergman: A licensed independent clinical social worker, who has dedicated her life to addressing violence induced trauma in children. Libby’s career has included working as an “abuse specialist’ with Face to Face Health Services where she developed and applied a sexual abuse treatment program for teen victims of sexual abuse; the development of a hospital-based child abuse and neglect program for the Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center; the creation of a community education program on the prevention of child sexual abuse, and the creation of a counseling program to address the needs of children in the child protection system. Through Libby’s treatment and counseling programs, countless children and youth in Minnesota have been able to grow, to heal, and to once again dream of a life after the abuse.
CLC's Drector Linda Foreman and Lisa Fulton congratulate Irene Opsahl
CLC presented the Rosalie E. Wahl Justice for Children Award to Irene Opsahl for her life commitment to seeking justice for children.

For over 25 years, Irene has advocated for abused, neglected, and homeless youth. As head of Minneapolis Legal Aid's Youth Law Project, Irene has lead efforts in Minnesota to address school delinquency and racial disparities issues, in addition to the direct representation of abused and neglected children. Through her leadership, The Youth Law Project has become the state-wide leader in cross-training of all youth serving organizations and she has been instrumental in addressing juvenile legal system reform. Through her work, Irene has given Minnesota children a voice in their destiny.
Click HERE to view on CLC's website.
Donate to CLC on 11/16 for GIVE TO THE MAX DAY!
What if you could help CLC win $1000 just by giving 10 bucks?  On November 16, Give to the Max Day, you can!
Last year, more than 42,000 donors logged on to and gave over $10 million to Minnesota charities in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. Together, we have the power to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits. CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER OF MINNESOTA, with, is working to create a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota.
GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day amplifies your giving impact in a number of ways:
  • NEW THIS YEAR!  $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 prize grants will be awarded to the top three small nonprofit organizations – with budgets under $750,000 – which receive themost dollars on Give to the Max Day. CLC IS Registered to compete in this!!
  • Win a Golden Ticket! $1,000 will be given to a random donor’s charity every hour.  You could be that donor!


CLC's Next Representing Youth in Foster Care Training is on November 4th!

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
WHERE: Briggs and Morgan, 2200 IDS Center, 80 South 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Train to be a child advocate and get 7.25 CLE credits! This training program focuses on preparing pro bono lawyers to represent foster children. The day includes a comprehensive overview of the child protection system in Minnesota, as well as an opportunity to learn from current CLC volunteer attorneys, child advocates, and experts, and an opportunity to meet and ask questions of current and former CLC foster youth clients. We hope to see you there!
Click to download
Training Registration Form 11.4.11


  • CLC REPRESENTS - 361 FOSTER CARE CLIENTS (as of 10/18/2011).
  • CLC has received: 113 new clients in the first nine months of 2011 – the same number of NEW CLIENTS as in ALL of 2010 – A 35% increase.
  • In 2010, CLC represented 409 CLIENTS and in 2011 is on track for over 500 clients
  • In 2010 and 2011 CLC has had 250 volunteers and volunteer attorneys who provided pro bono representation, research and support to CLC CLIENTS

Bottom Line... We NEED more Volunteer Attorneys to handle our increasing caseload! Please consider attending our training on November 4th. You can also help by making a donation to CLC through If you've been wavering on becoming a volunteer attorney, or donating to CLC, NOW is the time. DON'T WAIT- there are foster kids that need your help. 

Do you want to learn about child advocacy and juvenile court system? 

CLC is proud to partner with Gray Plant Mooty to present: “Child Advocacy and the Juvenile System”

Honorable Fred Karasov will share his thoughts and experiences as part of “the system”.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 25th, 12:30 – 2 pm
WHERE:  Gray Plant Mooty,  80 South 8th Street, Suite 500 in the IDS building

1 CLE credit has been applied for and lunch will be served.

As part of the week-long national pro bono celebration, the MSBA’s 2011 Pro Bono Week will focus on the need for and opportunities available in our communities to provide pro bono representation to less fortunate people in our community.  The goal of the MSBA’s Pro Bono Week is to celebrate the work and illustrate the increased need for pro bono attorneys. 
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