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Children's Law Center of Minnesota
June 16, 2011

Nominate A Hero for Children

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) is accepting nominations for its Heroes for Children Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the well being of Minnesota’s children in either a career or volunteer position. The nominee can work with children in any area; for example, teaching, health care, legislation, advocacy, physical, spiritual, social, or emotional well being.

Nominations should be a one to three page narrative about the nominee’s qualifications, why the nominee deserves the award, and contact information.

Please email nominations to or send to 450 Syndicate N., #315, St. Paul, MN 55104 by July 15, 2011. Please call 651.644.4438 if you have any questions or would like additional information.


Our E-NEWS Has A New Look!

You may notice that some things look different in this Children's Law Center E-Newsletter. CLC has switched from its old e-mail campaign provider to Mail Chimp. We think it looks great and hope you do too! We'd like this to be a smooth transition for everyone. Please notify Jessica at if you have any problems reading or viewing our e-mails in the new format.

We need you!

In April, CLC was appointed to over 30 new cases, and it has not slowed down.  Our foster care youth need lawyers!  Many of these youth have experienced significant disruptions in their families and face their own emotional, educational, and/or social challenges. The odds of successfully navigating through the foster care system are greatly improved with the help of a CLC trained volunteer lawyer.

If you are already trained, we ask you to consider taking a case.  If you are not trained or know someone who may be interested, our next training will be held on Wednesday, June 29th.

Representing Youth in Foster Care

CLC’s Next Representing Youth in Foster Care Training will be held:

WHEN: June 29, 2011, 8 am-4:30 pm
WHERE: Gray Plant Mooty, 500 IDS Center, Minneapolis

TO REGISTER: Click HERE to print Registration Form: CLC Training Brochure 6.29.11.


Volunteer of the Month
Brigid Goss

Since her graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, Brigid M. Goss has been a practicing associate at the Best & Flanagan Law Firm. Her areas of expertise include Family Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Native American Law.  Since 2008, Brigid has represented several CLC clients in complicated cases.  Brigid is always prepared and always professional in her CLC representation.   She has waited hours for her case to be called as some of the parties resided in another state and the time difference required a later start time than the time noticed.  She takes the time to get to know her clients and their situations so she can counsel them appropriately.  She makes herself available to her clients who trust and confide in her.  Brigid is a true advocate, even when her clients change position from hearing to hearing. She has presented at CLC trainings and provided useful information specific to Native American child welfare laws to other CLC volunteers. Thank you Brigid!

“I am honored to be a part of CLC’s work in the Twin Cities, and to have been given the opportunity to work with such fantastic—and truly inspiring kids over the past several years.” 


Juvenile Delinquency Records and Expungement

A youth age 10 and older can obtain a delinquent record due to an arrest (even if no charges follow), a charge (even if later dismissed), and an adjudication of delinquency (even if the adjudication is stayed). A widespread belief about the juvenile justice system is that few, if any, repercussions exist for minors with a delinquent record. In actuality, a juvenile arrest or conviction can haunt an individual for years after reaching adulthood.  Aside from the stigma associated with a juvenile justice record, both arrest and conviction records can frustrate an individual’s attempts to enroll in college, find a job, or rent an apartment.

To read more, click here for a printable PDF version:
June 2011 Practice Point



Mark your calendars to join CLC to celebrate its wonderful volunteers, and to support its work with foster care youth.

October 6, 2011
Windows on Minnesota

Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring or underwriting the CLC Benefit should contact Trish at, or call 651.644.4438.

Underwriter $10,000
Champion $5,000
Guardian $3,500
Sustainer $2,000
Patron $1,000

Donate Silent Auction Items

To ensure that our benefit is a success, we would greatly appreciate anything you or your firm or company would be willing to donate to our annual benefit silent and live auctions.  In return for your generosity, you will be credited in CLC’s E-Newsletters, at the event, on the CLC website, and our 2011 donor list, and any other publications as appropriate.

Please contact Trish at or call 651.644.4438 if you have any questions or would like further information.

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