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VLN Volunteer Christopher Anderson wins the 2021 Raeder Larson Public Service Award

Congratulations to outstanding volunteer Christopher Anderson on winning the 2021 Raeder Larson Public Service Award!

Christopher started volunteering with VLN as a law student, and has since taken on dozens of bankruptcy and letters to creditors cases.

“When Christopher takes a case, he immediately contacts the client and follows up with VLN,” said Chris Kramer, VLN’s Judge Nancy C. Dreher Bankruptcy Attorney. “He always works diligently with his clients to get their cases filed quickly, keeps VLN updated, and is timely in submitting closing information once the case is concluded. 

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Christopher has increased his commitment to pro bono and to assisting VLN’s clients,” Chris continued. “He has taken more than 16% of the all the Bankruptcy cases we have had since the COVD-19 pandemic began in March 2020.”

Thank you, Christopher, for helping VLN Make Pro Bono Happen!

Give to the Max Day 2021: Make Pro Bono Happen for ALL.

Will you support our vital work on Minnesota’s Giving Holiday?

Give to the Max Day is this Thursday, Nov. 18, but giving has already begun! Support VLN with a generous gift today.

A $10,000 match from our Board of Directors is LIVE now, so every cent you donate will go twice as far!

This year, we are letting our clients do the talking. Stay tuned here and on VLN’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn this week to hear true stories of clients whose lives YOU changed with your support.

Finally, remember that each donation qualifies us for one of many prizes! Is this our lucky year? Are you the lucky donor?

Give today to #MakeProBonoHappen for ALL!

 

Eight VLN lawyers sign up to help 41 Afghans to safety

Volunteer Lawyers Network extends a heartfelt thanks to the eight lawyers from six law firms who, to date, have volunteered to file humanitarian parole applications for 41 Afghans seeking safe haven:

Lesley Guyton, Carey Thuente, and Megan Galasso (Guyton Thuente PA)
Aklilu Dunlap (Dunlap Law Office, PLLC)
Mary K. Shaw (Robichaud, Schroepfer & Correia, P.A.)
Monica Nevin (Nevin Law Office, LLC)
Matthew Webster (Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.)
Mai Neng Moua (Mai N Moua Law Office).

Of these, one of the lawyers is helping to file 17 applications, and another, nine.

Humanitarian parole is an extraordinary measure used to bring persons to the United States due to an emergency. Over 17,000 of these applications have been filed for Afghans in the last two months and, to date, very few have been processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service.

Riverfront 2021: Better Together – Safely

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person at the 2021 Riverfront Celebration!

Our community’s safety is our highest priority. As such, the following protocols will be in place:

  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated two weeks before the event.
  • Masks will be required indoors and encouraged outdoors.
  • Dinner and hors d’oeuvres will be served between 4:30-6 p.m., before the program begins.
  • All food will be served in or on pre-portioned packaging.
  • Indoor tables will have a maximum of 6 seats, and several small high-top tables will be available.
  • There will be outdoor seating and high-top tables under the patio tent.
  • There will be disposable masks and hand sanitizer available at the event.
  • Finally, the event will be available via livestream for anyone not able to attend.

We are monitoring public health guidelines and governmental regulations closely and will make changes to these protocols as necessary.

Please contact Molly Whelan directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Click here to purchase tickets!

#ClientInfo: Some evictions resume

The courts are beginning to allow landlords to file evictions again in some situations. If you receive an eviction notice and cannot afford a lawyer, please call 612-752-6677 on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or click here to fill out an intake form to see if we can help.

Important notes:

-If you owe rent, apply for rental assistance right away — click here to apply at RentHelpMN.org. You cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent while you are waiting for a decision on your application.

-If you receive an eviction complaint or have questions other questions about the end of the moratorium as it applies to your living situation, reach out to us right away to see if we can help.