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Maslon UPLIFT: Legal Institute for Teens

Maslon UPLIFT is a new mock trial program created to serve 8th grade students who reflect the rich diversity of the Twin Cities. UPLIFT will offer students engaging opportunities to learn about the legal profession, criminal justice, and the court system from volunteer attorneys. Participation in the program will also help students build confidence, develop analytical and speaking skills, foster long term vision, and create a framework to pursue academic excellence in high school.

The inaugural program will launch as an after-school program at St. Louis Park Middle School during the 2017-2018 school year. St. Louis Park Middle School, with its strong commitment to racial equity and a diverse student body, will be an ideal home for Maslon UPLIFT in its inaugural year.

Maslon UPLIFT is led by Catherine Ahlin-Halverson, a former partner who transitioned to the role of Public Interest Counsel in 2016 specifically to spearhead Maslon's mock trial program for local students and to serve as a mentor and leader across the firm’s pro bono efforts overall. With more than 60 years dedicated to strengthening both the legal profession and the community, Maslon is proud to stand behind the mission and values of the UPLIFT program.

Inspire the next generation of leaders! The involvement of practicing attorneys and judges is essential to the Maslon UPLIFT program. UPLIFT is currently seeking coaches, witnesses, and other volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year.

To learn more about volunteering or how to bring Maslon UPLIFT to your school or neighborhood, contact uplift@maslon.com.

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