MINNEAPOLIS (05/11/11): -- The Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) congratulates Genesis II for Families as the recipient of the 2011 Advancement of Justice Award. Presentation of the award will be on May 17 at the HCBA Annual Meeting.
The Advancement of Justice Award is the only award given by the HCBA to honor the work of an agency or individual who is not a lawyer. The award is given in recognition of contributions toward improving the administration of justice, achieving freedom through law, or increasing the public’s understanding of the legal profession and justice system.
The award was given to Genesis II for Families to recognize the work the agency is doing to help low-income parents dealing with the family court system. Hennepin County Family Court has dramatically reduced its capacity to assist individuals seeking supportive services, leaving parents looking elsewhere to help them understand the court system’s process of resolving divorce and custody disputes. Genesis II has stepped-up to fulfill this genuine community need by creating a family law/co-parenting curriculum for low-income private pay parents who are either referred by the family court system or self-referred. More information about this organization and its services is available at http://genesis2.org.
The Hennepin County Bar Association, the largest of Minnesota's 21 county bar associations and representing almost half of Minnesota's attorneys, is a private, non-profit organization which provides or supports many free or low-cost services to the public including: Volunteer Lawyers Network which provides free legal advice for low income people; Lawyer Referral and Information Services; public education programming; and financial grants through the Hennepin County Bar Foundation.