LGN Celebrates Pride 2024

LGN Celebrates Pride

Lockridge Grindal Nauen joins our friends in the LGBTQ+ community by celebrating the many great contributions the community has made to our firm, our country, and the world. This year, raising our voices and celebrating Pride Month is more important than ever.  

With a major election on the horizon, the LGBTQ+ community is in danger. More than 75 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been signed into law this year alone, more than doubling last year’s number, which was previously the worst year on record. The good news is many organizations are doing all they can to protect and promote equality.

One pivotal organization, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Their campaign entitled “We Show Up: Equality Wins,” is a resounding rejection of intimidation and fear designed to silence and erase the LGBTQ+ community. It will again show America the community’s collective strength and power to stand up, fight back, and secure the future it deserves without exception, as it’s been doing successfully for decades at the ballot box, state houses, school boards, and more.

We hope you join us in support of the important work HRC is doing both in local communities and across the nation. You can learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved via the link below:

Human Rights Campaign

LGN Sponsors Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Event

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Pictured from LGN are Jess Lindeen and Alex Hassel

Lockridge Grindal Nauen was proud to support the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s premier fundraising event, Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala. This year, the event raised over $1.1 million for this very deserving organization. The evening was filled with fun, networking, and lots of laughter as guests arrived in their best ‘construction couture’ all in the spirit of supporting Habitat’s mission.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is committed to building the quality of life, health, and economic prosperity of the seven-county metro region by producing, preserving, and advocating for affordable homeownership – because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities.

You can learn more including ways to support Habitat’s mission on their website: https://www.tchabitat.org/

LGN Sponsors Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities Fundraiser

Big Brothers Big Sisters

LGN was a proud sponsor of the 2024 Big Night Gala in honor of Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. Nearly 500 attendees gathered at The Depot Minneapolis to celebrate the profound impact of youth mentorship in the Twin Cities community. The evening was memorable and impactful as inspiring stories from Littles, Bigs, families, and partners were shared throughout the night.

An incredible $446,000 was raised that will help BBBS provide more diverse mentors and opportunities to amplify youth potential today and into the future.

You can learn more about BBBS Twin Cities by clicking below.

LGN Celebrates AANHPI Heritage Month

AANHPI Heritage Month

LGN is pleased to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month! We recognize the impact and contributions of the AANHPI community on our nation’s history. Join us and learn about the rich history and diverse experiences within the AANHPI community by reading more here: https://www.asianpacificheritage.gov/index.html

LGN Sponsors PFund’s Moxie Awards

LGN was proud to sponsor PFund’s 2024 Moxie Awards earlier this month. The fundraising event helps support PFund’s mission of building community and providing resources and support for LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals through grants and scholarships by developing leaders and inspiring giving. The foundation has expanded beyond its modest roots to become the only queer community foundation serving the Upper Midwest.

LGN associate Derek Waller and his partner represented LGN at the event. When asked about the experience, Derek shared:

“It is inspiring to see how a grassroots foundation based in Minnesota has grown to make a difference for queer folks all across the upper Midwest, especially in areas where our community needs more support than ever.  PFund’s grantees are doing critical work for our communities, and scholarships show queer youth who need financial support for education that we’ve got their back. I wouldn’t be where I am today without community support, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward.”

You can learn more about PFund’s important work and how to support the foundation by clicking below:

Justice Karl Procaccini Visits LGN

LGN was honored to welcome Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Karl Procaccini to our offices this week to talk about his path to public service and his time on the bench. The event was well attended by many of the LGN team along with other members of the community.

In August 2023, Governor Tim Walz appointed Karl Procaccini to serve as an Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Before he joined the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Procaccini’s legal career included public service, private practice, and teaching law. As a Supreme Court Justice, Karl Procaccini is committed to ensuring fairness, integrity, and equal justice for all.

Charlie Nauen, a partner at LGN, serves as a campaign co-chair for Justice Procaccini’s 2024 campaign. LGN partners Rachel Kitze Collins and Dave Zoll are members of the campaign committee. Several other LGN members have also pledged their support for the campaign as public supporters.

​You can learn more about supporting Justice Karl Procaccini as he runs for a full six-year term in 2024 at his website via the button below.

LGN Sponsors 43rd Annual Law Day Dinner to Benefit Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

We were proud to sponsor and attend the 43rd Annual Law Day Dinner yesterday. The event is put on by The Fund for Legal Aid, with co-sponsor Hennepin County Bar Association, as a fundraiser for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA).

This year’s Law Day Dinner benefited MMLA’s work with older adults. Unfortunately, MMLA sees too many cases where, instead of being treated with the dignity they deserve, older adults are ignored, defrauded, and face manipulation and neglect, which impacts their safety and their daily lives. The MMLA Seniors unit helps older adults understand and enforce their rights.

More broadly, MMLA has been helping low-income neighbors in crisis, older adults, and people with disabilities in our community for over 100 years. Its free legal services are a critical lifeline for people impacted by job loss, discrimination, unsafe living conditions, and abuse or neglect. We were happy to be a part of the Law Day Dinner to help raise critical funds to continue this work and make it possible to help even more people in our community.

LGN Raises $28,845 for Neighborhood House March Food Drive

Neighborhood House

LGN is proud to announce that the firm raised $22,845 for the Neighborhood House March Food Drive. The firm has participated in this food drive for more than a decade, and this year we raised more money than ever before. We are proud to support the work that Neighborhood House does and proud of all members of the LGN Family for their generosity. You can learn more and donate on the Neighborhood House website at: https://neighborhoodhousemn.org/.

Above and Beyond Award Presented to LGN

Above and Beyond Award

Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP was honored to receive the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award last month. Minnesota ESGR Region 7 Co-Chair, John Kingrey, presented the award recognizing LGN’s support for National Guard and Reserve service members, including LGN attorney Major Catherine Peterson.

Limited numbers of this award are given to employers who have had at least one of their supervisors/managers recognized with a Patriot Award and who have signed an ESGR Statement of Support. LGN partners, Rebecca Peterson and Robert Shelquist, received Patriot Awards in 2023.

In presenting the Above and Beyond Award to the firm, Major Peterson acknowledged Senior Counsel, Maureen K. Berg, who led the firm’s efforts in shipping a generous care package to Peterson’s Army National Guard unit when it was deployed to the Southwest Border. Also pictured below are LGN partners, Richard Lockridge and Charles Nauen. You can read more about this high honor on the ESGR website by clicking below:

LGN Attends Humphrey Mondale Dinner

Several members of the LGN team attended the annual Humphrey-Mondale dinner recently. This dinner, named for former vice presidents Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, is one of the largest events for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

This year’s dinner featured U.S. Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock. Elected Georgia’s first Black Senator in 2021, Reverend Warnock has carried his service and advocacy into the Senate, where he has championed and helped pass legislation to create good-paying jobs, address the maternal mortality crisis, expand and strengthen access to benefits for our nation’s veterans, and cap insulin costs for seniors on Medicare at $35 a month.