At Conlin Law Firm, we value the communities in which we live and work. We have roots in Minnesota and in North Dakota, and they deepen with every passing year. Part of what makes our work so meaningful to us is that we're not just serving clients; we're helping our neighbors.
Like others in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities region, we bring our natural talents and interests to the table when we serve our community. For us, of course, that often means service that involves our legal experience. We are honored to be able to serve certain clients in need on pro bono basis, that is, for no fee. The literal meaning of pro bono is "for the public good," and we think that part of what we owe the community for the privilege of earning our living here is this type of legal service for those who need it most.
Shortly after the I-35W Bridge collapsed on August 1, 2007, Tom Conlin joined the I-35W Pro Bono Consortium, a group of attorneys providing free legal services to victims and families affected by the collapse. Tom was recognized for his participation in the Pro Bono Consortium, receiving the Minnesota State Bar Association’s highest award, the “Professional Excellence Award.”
Tom has also been involved with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization providing free civil services to low income persons. Tom has been able to represent several people to assist them in resolving family law matters. In addition, he and Stacy Deery Stennes have been involved in the Tubman Center Pro Bono Safety Project, representing women in abusive relationships. Legal Assistant Corinne Suby, who has a history of working on behalf of domestic violence survivors, also regularly volunteers for fundraisers for the Tubman Family Alliance and special programs, including the Holiday Gift Program every holiday season.
The United States has one of the finest legal systems in the world, but many people lack an understanding of what the system is based on, and how it operates. In the interest of helping middle- and high school students understand and appreciate the law, Tom participates in a "Teachers' Law School" program, partnering with local educators to help them educate their students about the legal system.
One of the hallmarks of the American legal system is its determination to give voice to the voiceless. In this capacity, paralegal Maria Gottwalt has served as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Hennepin County since 2009. Guardians ad litem represent children caught up in the legal system as a result of abuse or neglect in their families. During court proceedings, GALs report to the judge what they believe to be “in the best interest” of the child, helping contribute to a just resolution of the case.
Like most Americans, we're proud of and grateful to members of the United States Armed Forces. Maria volunteers at the Armed Forces Service Center - an "all free" stop at the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport for traveling active-duty military personnel, their dependents, activated reservists and national guardsmen, Department of Defense and PHS employees (on orders), and other members of the uniformed services on active duty. The center offers military personnel a 24-hour place to sleep, rest, enjoy a light meal or snack, make phone calls, and use a computer. Volunteers assist with these amenities.
We invite you to learn more about the Conlin Law Firm team's work in the community by contacting us online, or by calling us at 952-252-0490 or toll-free at 1-888-296-3062.