Leech Lake Legacy: Charitable Organizations for Animal Welfare

Event Description

Resources are scarce, if any, for animals and pet owners at Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. For many, the only option to manage overpopulation was to shoot stray dogs and unwanted litters. Leech Lake Legacy formed in May 2011 in response to a plea for assistance. In partnership with the Tribal Police and Tribal Council, Leech Lake Legacy has been able to provide resources and positively impact the lives of over 2,800 animals in the first 2.5 years. Learn how Marilou Chanrasmi (and Jenny Fitzer), co-founders of Leech Lake Legacy, rallied together a community, started a 501(c)3 non-profit, and gained the trust of Leech Lake band members and elders to provide programs for animals and pet owners of Leech Lake Reservation.  Marilou will be joined by nonprofit attorney Emily Robertson, who will use Marilou's story to discuss issues that should be addressed when considering starting a non-profit organization.

Marilou Chanrasmi is the co-founder of Leech Lake Legacy, a multi-faceted animal welfare organization that empowers residents of Indian reservations to enrich the lives of animals in their community by providing resources where needed. In 2009, Marilou also co-founded an animal welfare coalition, Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (www.mnpaw.org) along with Janelle Dixon, CEO of the largest animal shelter in Minnesota, the Animal Humane Society. Marilou is currently serving as the president of MnPAW and Leech Lake Legacy. Since 2006 Marilou has been a strong and active voice in animal welfare in Minnesota, believing strongly that by working together in a positive, collaborative and respectful manner that we can do so much more for animals and pet owners.

Emily Robertson is a solo practitioner through Robertson Law Office, LLC.  Her practice consists solely of advising nonprofit and tax exempt organizations on tax and corporate law issues arising anywhere in the organization’s life cycle – from start-up to merger or dissolution.  Outside of her practice, she serves as a member of several boards of directors and organizational committees.  This past fall, she joined the faculty of Hamline University, in the Masters in Nonprofit Management program.  Emily received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 2011.  Prior to starting her own firm, she spent five years working as both a legal assistant and law clerk to boutique firms serving the nonprofit sector.

The section council will meet before the CLE at 11:15

CLE Credits
1.0 Standard CLE credit approved | Event Code: 184982

Animal Law Section Members: $10
MSBA Members but not Section Members: $15
Non-MSBA Members: $20
Students: Free

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Monday, November 11, 2013

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States