MJF Staff and Associates
Please Note: MJF does not provide direct legal assistance. If you are in need of legal assistance, you may find referral information at the following websites: Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, LawHelpMN.org, and Volunteer Lawyers Network.
Anna Beadle, Executive Director
Anna graduated from University of Minnesota Law School in 2010. During law school, she participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic as a student and as a student director. Prior to joining MJF, she worked at Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.
Christy Botts, Staff attorney, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Christy earned a J.D. with honors from the University of St. Thomas in 2011. Before entering law school, she earned a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota. Previously she was an Academic Counselor at Southern University Law Center and has tutored for Hamline University School of Law students for the past two academic years. Before seeking a second-career in the legal field, Christy dedicated herself to work improving the lives of youths, families, and communities. She has served as an education and employment specialist, a special education assistant, and a juvenile corrections officer. During law school, Christy was honored by the Minnesota Justice Foundation for logging more than 300 hours in volunteer legal services.
Kendall Hames, Staff Attorney, University of Minnesota Law School
Kendall graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2015. During law school, she was a Certified Student Attorney in the Elder Law Practice Clinic and she clerked for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Before joining MJF, Kendall worked as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward T. Wahl and volunteered with Volunteer Lawyers Network. Kendall is committed to MJF’s mission of creating opportunities for law students to perform public interest and pro bono legal services to increase access to justice for Minnesotans.
Sara Thomas, Staff Attorney, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Sara was raised in Saint Paul, MN. After graduating from Central High School, Sara went on to receive her B.A, then a Master’s, and eventually a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. As a result of her own educational triumphs and struggles, Sara has worked hard to become an advocate for people in need. She has a long history of volunteering and working with various organizations throughout the Twin Cities, including the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office and St. Paul Public Schools. Before joining Minnesota Justice Foundation, Sara was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Sara Grewing. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Patrick Harrigan, Communications and Development Associate.
Patrick is a 1994 graduate of the University of Redlands, Johnston Center, and the co-editor of four volumes of academic essays on New Media for the MIT Press. He handles finances and communications for MJF.