Three members of the William Mitchell community have received awards from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for their work providing legal services to people in need.
Mitchell graduate Christy Snow-Kaster ’04 is the recipient of the Direct Legal Service Award. She is currently the managing attorney of the Minneapolis office of the Central Minnesota Legal Services, where she demonstrates extraordinary skill, dedication, and compassion. She also passes along her advocacy skills to the many law clerks and law student volunteers with whom she works.
Graduate W. Knapp Fitzsimmons ’10 is one of the recipients of the Private Practice Award. He is an attorney at Briggs and Morgan and is actively involved in pro bono activities. He is being recognized for his commitment to alternative criminal courts. Knapp Fitzsimmons provides pro bono representation to people in the Ramsey County Mental Health Court.
Third-year student Suzula Bidon, 3L is the recipient of the Law Student Award. Bidon is committed to providing compassionate legal representation and meaningful access to justice for those with addictions, mental illness, or both. She volunteers as pro bono defense counsel in the Ramsey County Mental Health Court with a team of lawyers from Briggs and Morgan.
The three will receive their awards at the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s Annual Awards Celebration Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The Minnesota Justice Foundation was incorporated in 1982 by Minnesota law students concerned about their role within the community. For 31 years MJF has secured legal aid for thousands of under-represented Minnesotans by coordinating the efforts of volunteer law students and attorneys.
William Mitchell has a strong connection with the organization—each year students gain real-world experience and make a positive difference in the community by volunteering thousands of hours helping people who otherwise could not afford legal services.