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July 19, 2011

Celebrating 16 years of Representing Minnesota's Foster Children

Children’s Law Center (CLC) Board of Directors cordially invites you to the CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER ANNUAL BENEFIT & CELEBRATIONJoin us to celebrate the 250 volunteers who last year provided an estimated 8,000 hours of direct representation and advocacy for Minnesota’s foster care and at-risk youth.   Enjoy an evening of fantastic food, cash bar, silent & live auctions, and award presentations honoring those who have made a difference in the lives of Minnesota’s children.

AWARDS will be presented to:

  • IRENE OPSAHL – The Rosalie E. Wahl Justice for Children Award
  • LIBBY BERGMAN and NICK VOGEL- Heroes for Children Awards
  • MEDTRONIC, INC. and LOCKRIDGE GRINDAL NAUEN P.L.L.P.- Distinguished Service Awards

This year your Benefit support is DOUBLED as CLC will receive a matching grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation for up to $50,000!



  • 3M
  • Dorsey & Whitney Foundation and Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • DATE:          Thursday,October 6, 2011 5:30-8:00pm
  • LOCATION:  Windows on Minnesota at the top of the IDS Building, 80 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402-5383,‎. Visit for map & directions.
  • RESERVATIONS: Please e-mail names of attending guests to, or call 651.644.4438 to RSVP by September 30th. There are no tickets for this event.
Corporate sponsorships and special rates for people working in public and social service fields are also available. For more information on sponsorships and other pricing, please call Trish at 651.644.4438.

Join CLC for this celebration, and help support our continuing efforts to provide free legal representation and advocacy to Minnesota's foster care and at-risk youth.

Andrea's Story

My first memory is my mom slapping me. I lived with her when I was little, but I don’t remember much else about her.  When I was 5, I was sent to live with my dad and my Nana. Nana was pretty old and often didn’t know who we were. My dad would get angry at her and tell me that he couldn’t be around her anymore. He would leave for days at a time and we often didn’t have any food. One winter, when he was gone for a week, the heat and water were turned off.

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

ON: Friday, November 4, 2011
8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
AT: 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 child clients in juvenile court. Attorneys interested in or considering becoming a CLC volunteer attorney, DO NOT miss this incredible opportunity! 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! This program also provides updated training for current volunteer attorneys, judges, county attorneys, public defenders, social workers & other child advocates. We hope to see you there!

Click to download
Training Registration Form 11.4.11

Volunteer of the Month Pat Yoedicke

Pat has been a CLC volunteer since 2001 and has represented eight clients.  Recently, she spent over 300 pro bono hours in just one case where she traveled frequently to Anoka and Polk Counties.  Pat has taken on some of the toughest clients who have needed a strong yet compassionate advocate.  She has the distinct ability to break through the walls her clients have built up after many years of betrayal by a system in which they now have little or no trust.

“The most important message I hope to convey to my clients is that their hopes and dreams can make a difference.”  -Pat Yoedicke

PRACTICE POINT: Interacting with the Police

Juveniles may encounter police in many different ways. Police may interact with both juvenile suspects and victims as they respond to dispatched calls for police service, or police may initiate encounters with those they suspect of mischief. Youths also frequently encounter police officers through routine traffic stops. Because of these interactions, police may take some youths into custody and question them at the police station. In each situation, whether stopped for questioning, stopped as a result of a traffic violation, or taken into custody, a youth is entitled to specific rights.

Because of their age and maturity level, however, many juveniles do not understand the meaning of their rights or the profound consequences of waiving those rights. The result is that most suspects in this situation give some kind of inculpatory statement to the police, essentially negating any bargaining power they may have had.

Read MORE.
Download Fact Sheet: Talking With Police

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