By: Rachna M. Talwar, Esq.
On August 27th, 2012 a group of paralegal students in LA265 more commonly known as Family Law helped put on a successful seminar at Cornerstone. Cornerstone is an organization located in Bloomington, MN that provides a wide range of services to the community to help families dealing with domestic violence. The organization helps by providing legal services and advocates and mental health and counseling services for the children in these homes. The non-profit organization seeks to end the generational cycles prevalent in domestic violence, by reaching out to youth providing the necessary resources. Domestic violence is a prevalent issue, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime[i] The organization helps many in the community and serves as a vital resource to families during an already difficult time.
The students in the class attended a weekly seminar that Cornerstone puts on free of charge for the community. The topics are varied and are usually presented by local volunteer attorneys to educate groups regarding the rights and facts about divorce. In order to prepare for the seminar the students extensively researched the organization, the topic, and the broader legal issues related to domestic violence. The students used this information in order to provide assistance during the seminar. The seminar the students attended was the, “Dollars and Sense of Divorce” it focused on the financial ramifications and rights pertinent to divorce in Minnesota. The students helped with the set-up, organizing resources, greeting attendees, tear-down, and various other tasks that presented themselves during the event. Additionally, the students attended the seminar and learned valuable information related to the course they were taking.¹ The organization was thrilled with the student contribution, and the students enjoyed helping a well-deserved non-profit.
¹ Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. (2000). Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. National. Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.