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Minnesota Justice Foundation Celebrates a Silver Anniversary

When a few law students got together 25 years ago to address the lack of legal services for disadvantaged Minnesotans, they expected the need to be temporary. But their brainchild, the Minnesota Justice Foundation, is as vital today as it was in 1982.

Volunteer students from Minnesota's law schools now serve the state's poorest clients through 150 poverty law agencies, public interest organizations, and law firms.

Clearly, MJF's volunteer programs benefit Minnesota's low-income and disadvantaged citizens, but they benefit the Law School as well. Through their experiences with MJF, our students learn an ethic of public service and acquire training for future public interest and pro bono activities.

On behalf of our students, who have opportunities to participate in meaningful and satisfying public service projects through MJF, the Law School offers its thanks.

We are proud of our long association with MJF and delighted to extend our congratulations on a quarter century of facilitating access to justice for all Minnesotans.

We are also pleased to congratulate retired Assistant State Public Defender Philip Marron (class of 1972), who received the 2007 Direct Legal Service Award from MJF. The award, which goes to lawyers who have demonstrated commitment to providing "zealous and skilled legal representation for low-income and disadvantaged clients," will be presented at the 25th anniversary celebration on November 15th at International Market Square in Minneapolis.