Jodie evaluates pro bono
requests, develops potential projects, recruits volunteers, organizes legal teams, and coordinates training and support. Her areas of particular expertise include:
Pro Bono Clinics
Jodie manages the firm's involvement in over 10 community-based legal clinics in Minnesota. She also led a multiprovider, multidisciplinary Legal Section to serve clients at over 25 Project Homeless Connect events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
For over 24 years, Jodie has managed an award-winning housing advocacy practice focused on the needs of low-income tenants at every point on the continuum of service—including impact litigation and policy work, individual case representation, and regular service at legal advice clinics. She also serves on multiple collaborative groups working to preserve and increase stable, safe and affordable housing in the Minneapolis area.
Professionalization of Pro Bono
Jodie has also contributed to the professionalization of pro bono professionals in private law firms. She was instrumental in the establishment of a formal pro bono and community service department at the firm. She also assists the firm and the Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation in grant review related to pro bono and legal service-related nonprofit organizations.
Jodie joined the firm in 1990 as a litigation paralegal and began serving in a pro bono program capacity in 1994.
Jodie enjoys golf, yoga and waterskiing.