Nine LGN Attorneys served as Reader mentors at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School
During the school year, nine LGN attorneys have served as Reader mentors to 7th and 8th Grade Student Writers at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School in Minneapolis. Each week students wrote essays on assigned topics which were mailed to mentors to read and provide feedback. Having a specific dedicated audience for their writing proved invaluable in motivating the students to work on and improve their writing. Students, teachers, mentors, and program coordinators gathered to meet and celebrate the program’s school year success. 88.2 % of the students at Folwell (K-8) are eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch. For over 40%, English is not their primary language. Approximately 90% of the student population has diverse ethnic backgrounds. LGN Partner Heidi Silton will serve on the Reader/Writer Board beginning Fall of 2018. You can learn more about Reader/Writer at https://www.readerwriter.org/.
Pictured from left to right are LGN attorneys Gregg Fishbein and Heidi Silton, Ryan VanThorre, 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Angela Dwyer, Special Education Teacher, LGN attorneys Devona Wells, Kristen Marttila, David Zoll, and Elizabeth Odette; Lia Venchi, Reader/Writer Facilitator and Founder, Zoe Odegard, Reader/Writer Assistant Processor. Not pictured, Stacey Crews, 7th grade Language Arts teacher.
LGN attorneys step up to support MWL clothing drive
LGN attorneys and staff were proud to again donate clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoes to the Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) Clothing Drive in support of the Tubman Center and Dress for Success, which will provide them to low-income women seeking jobs.
Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The Tubman Center helps women, children and families throughout the Twin Cities struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health.
LGN Associate Devona L. Wells organized the LGN effort to donate items for the MWL Clothing Drive.
LGN employees raise more than $7,400 for Neighborhood House food drive
LGN staff and attorneys raised more than $7,400 for the Neighborhood House food drive in March, a 15% increase over LGN’s donation last year.
Neighborhood House, a non-profit in St. Paul, helps nearly 15,000 people every year, including immigrants, refugees and long-term residents, develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. In 2017, Neighborhood House shared nearly 1 million pounds of food with families throughout the city. Kudos to the firm’s staff and attorneys for their generous contributions.
LGN partners with FamilyWise to adopt a family in need
For the 9th year in a row, Lockridge Grindal Nauen has partnered with FamilyWise, an organization dedicated to strengthening families by promoting the safety, stability, and well-being of children, to adopt a family in need for the holidays. FamilyWise began in 1976 and has expanded over the years to offer a comprehensive array of family strengthening programs to help families overcome the many challenges they face.
This year, LGN collected over $1,000 in donations and gifts for a family of seven. Thank you, FamilyWise, for allowing us to help brighten the holiday season for a deserving family.
Elizabeth Odette, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila named North Star Lawyers
The Minnesota State Bar Association recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year as North Star Lawyers.
Elizabeth Odette worked with the Children’s Law Center representing youth in foster care. Kate Baxter-Kauf represented indigent criminal defendants through the MSBA Appellate Practice Section’s Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Program. Through the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Kristen Marttila represented a client seeking expungement of a criminal record, and both Kristen and Rachel Kitze Collins represented Wilderness Watch, a national wilderness-protection group, in a Boundary Waters case.
The list of these lawyers was printed in a full page advertisement in the Star Tribune last week.
LGN employees raise $6,500 LGN employees raise $6,500 for Neighborhood House food drive.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen was the top business contributor to support the Neighborhood House food drive by raising over $6,500 this year. Neighborhood House, a non-profit organization in Saint Paul, collected over 160,000 pounds/dollars in donations and matching funds as a result of a month-long food drive. LGN employees have a long tradition of supporting this organization.
Neighborhood House helps nearly 15,000 people every year, including immigrants, refugees and long-term residents, develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Kudos to the firm’s staff and attorneys for their generous contributions.