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Colleen Kelly

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly

City, State: St. Paul, Minnesota
Issue area: Veterans' Rights, Housing/Homelessness
Sponsors: 3M, Fish & Richardson LLP

The Project

Colleen strengthened legal services to veterans in Minnesota who were homeless or in crisis of becoming homeless by providing direct representation to those unable to access existing legal services, expanded outreach to female veterans, and developed multiple resources to improve the structure of the Vetlaw legal clinic program.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
This Fellowship filled a gap in legal service by providing direct representation to positively motivated homeless veterans or veterans in crisis who were undeserved by current legal services partnerships and the pro bono network in Minnesota. Colleen’s Fellowship also identified and collaborated with a network of community organizations, attorneys, and advocates serving female veterans specifically. Finally, this Fellowship expanded the capabilities of MACV’s Vetlaw program by improving the structure and organization of our current legal clinics for veterans and providing brief services to veterans between legal clinics.