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Providing Justice in Northwest Minnesota

History

Seeing the legal needs of people who could not afford an attorney, a group of private attorneys worked out their own system to help people pro bono in the mid-1970’s. They used a set of notecards to track which attorney in the rotation would take the next client in need. They founded Northwest Minnesota Legal Services in 1976 because the demand significantly outpaced the number of attorneys available to assist. In the formative years, private attorneys agreed to accept cases through a civil legal aid model known as “judicare” which provided nominal compensation for the private attorneys. In 1985, LSNM received a Legal Services Corporation grant to hire its first staff attorney. The name officially changed to Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota in 1991. Today, a combination of staff and private attorneys work together to help meet the significant legal needs in northwest Minnesota.

Board Members

Robert Blatti

President 

Deb Economou

Vice President 

Missy Becker-Cook

Secretary/Treasurer

Steve Drummond
Larry McDowell
Jeff Hane
Jean Hannig
Rachel Prudhomme
Benjamin Olson

David Frank
Prescott Weis
Honorable Gerald Seibel (Ret.)
JoEllen Doebbert
Leigh Lake
Kim Anderson-Moen

Sheila Korby
Sarah Oshodin
Muzamba Sibajene
J. Saywala Kennedy
Eman Yassin
Marilyn Beech

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