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Minneapolis-based legal services group to receive ABA GPSolo award for making a difference through pro bono work

Minneapolis-based legal services group to receive ABA GPSolo award for making a difference through pro bono work

By Irma Romero

CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2013 — The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota will receive one of the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division 2013 Difference Makers Awards for “making a difference through pro bono work.” 

CAIR-MN, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to Muslims and other racial and religious minorities in Minnesota, is being honored for its work as the state’s only Muslim civil rights and legal advocacy organization.

“CAIR-MN is an organization committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with respect and dignity,” said Judge Jennifer A. Rymell, ABA GPSolo chair. “We are honored to present CAIR-MN with this award.”

Led by civil rights director Saly Abd Alla and civil rights attorney Ellen Longfellow, CAIR-MN handled nearly 180 cases in 2012 — including cases involving employment discrimination, hostile work environments, denial of religious accommodations, school bullying and harassment, land-use opposition, hate crimes and vandalism, racial and religious profiling and extrajudicial exile.

CAIR-MN will be presented with its award during the Difference Makers Awards program on Oct. 4 at GPSolo’s 2013 fall meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference in Lexington, Ky. 

With more than 22,500 members, the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) is committed to providing unique resources exclusively for solo, small-firm and general practitioners, who represent half of the nation’s lawyers. For more information on ABA GPSolo, go to www.ambar.org/gpsolo

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