Catharine Haukedahl (’79) Named MMLA Executive Director
MARCH 28, 2011—Catharine F. Haukedahl (’79), the new executive director of Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA) selected by the board of directors, assumed her new role on Feb. 16, 2011. As executive director, she is responsible for fulfilling the mission and goals of the multi-office, 60-attorney program.
She replaces Jerry Lane, who retired from the role to become MMLA’s senior counsel focusing on development issues. Lane joined the MMLA staff in 1970 and became executive director in 1981.
“I am delighted that Cathy Haukedahl will be succeeding me. It’s been a pleasure working with her for the last 8 years,” Lane says on the organization’s Web site. “She’s an outstanding lawyer, leader and person. Our clients, MMLA and our community will be well served by her excellent leadership.”
Haukedahl, who serves on the Law School’s Board of Advisors, was MMLA Deputy Director for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis for the past eight years. Greg Marita (’91), who has supervised the Senior Law Project in the Minneapolis office since 2004, now holds that position.
Before joining MMLA, Haukedahl was a partner at Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt in Minneapolis, practicing employment and commercial litigation. Previously, she was Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, then Solicitor General in charge of six litigation divisions and involved in advocating with the Minnesota Legislature on policy issues related to sexual violence against women.
MMLA is a legal aid program that serves 20 counties in central Minnesota, including Minneapolis. It provides professional civil legal assistance to Minnesotans who lack access to the justice system, including low-income populations, the elderly, those with disabilities, and immigrants. It works on cases involving housing, domestic violence, consumer rights, foreclosure, transportation, mental health, and more.