Dec. 7, 2023
This series is aimed at bringing attention to Nelson Mullins attorneys and legal staff who are committed to pro bono work as a part of their legal practice.
We are pleased to introduce Minneapolis partner Jenny Covington, who joined the firm in 2022. Throughout her career, she has been strongly committed to pro bono contributions in a variety of ways.
Describe a compelling pro bono matter in which you are involved.
We are currently involved in providing pro bono services through Anishinabe Legal Services. ALS provides pro bono legal assistance to individuals living on or near the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth Reservations. These include representation on matters such as orders for protection, custody disputes, harassment restraining orders, and child protection issues. In addition, ALS provides assistance with evictions, probate issues, obtaining benefits, Indian law and tribal wellness court. These matters often involve coordination with witnesses, the prosecutor’s office, the Court system, mediators, ICWA workers, DV advocates, and the Counties.
Most recently we were able to obtain an order for protection and full custody on behalf of an individual who is a survivor of domestic violence. In part due to our efforts, this individual is now in safe and stable housing with her children free from any ongoing harassment.
How has this experience made you a better lawyer?
I am learning much about tribal and Federal Indian law, family law, and Minnesota procedure that I had not known about before. In addition, the work has allowed me to become admitted to two tribal courts.
What is most meaningful to you about your engagement?
I enjoy being able to use the skills I’ve attained professionally to make a positive impact in someone’s life. So many people are survivors of cycles of violence and intergenerational trauma. When I do this work, I feel as though I am honoring the memories my grandmother and great grandmother, my father, and my aunt whose stories at times intersected with or mirrored the challenges I see people face in this work. It is very rewarding to give back to the community.
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