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Through passionate legal support, we are dedicated to serving disadvantaged individuals and others in need. We regularly take on cases and causes to further the administration of equal justice, especially in the areas of housing and real estate, family law, and juvenile law.

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  • Attorney Spotlight

    Liz Hartwell and Cathy Gorlin are currently helping a woman with her divorce in a limited scope representation through the Volunteer Lawyers Network. Limited scope representation in family law allows attorneys to focus on a specific issue within the lifespan of a divorce.

    Liz and Cathy performed discovery and have engaged in settlement discussions all to protect their client’s rights.

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    Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell / Attorney
  • Attorney Spotlight

    Brian Linnerooth and Bernadette Senyana have partnered with Just Deeds to assist homeowners in researching and identifying racially-restrictive covenants recorded against their properties. Whenever a racially-restrictive covenant is found, they assist those homeowners in discharging the covenant from their property record.

    While these covenants have been ruled unenforceable since 1948, past discriminatory covenants shaped the development and landscape of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Just Deeds Project plays an important role in educating homeowners about these past discriminatory practices and how they impact policy decisions today.

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    Brian J. Linnerooth / Attorney
  • Attorney Spotlight

    “What sometimes feels so simple to us as attorneys, can mean the world to someone who doesn’t understand how the process works. Dawn thinks I moved mountains for her, and I find it so rewarding to get someone through a difficult process by just stepping up and being willing to help."

    Karolina Brekken-Hoerl receives many referrals through the Tubman Family Alliance. In one case she recently closed, her client had been separated from her husband for years, but they were never able to start and finish a divorce on their own. In addition to financial struggles and an abuse dynamic, there were mental health issues at play, too. Karolina helped her client initiate and finish her divorce within a few months.

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    Karolina Brekken-Hoerl / Attorney
  • Attorney Spotlight

    Cathy Gorlin and Liz Hartwell are currently helping a woman with her divorce in a limited scope representation through the Volunteer Lawyers Network. Limited scope representation in family law allows attorneys to focus on a specific issue within the lifespan of a divorce.

    Cathy and Liz performed discovery and have engaged in settlement discussions all to protect their client’s rights.
     

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    Cathy
    Cathy E. Gorlin / Attorney
  • Attorney Spotlight

    Bernadette Senyana and Brian Linnerooth have partnered with Just Deeds to assist homeowners in researching and identifying racially-restrictive covenants recorded against their properties. Whenever a racially-restrictive covenant is found, they assist those homeowners in discharging the covenant from their property record. 

    While these covenants have been ruled unenforceable since 1948, past discriminatory covenants shaped the development and landscape of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Just Deeds Project plays an important role in educating homeowners about these past discriminatory practices and how they impact policy decisions today.

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    Bernadette Samali Senyana / Attorney