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.
Becky Beerling, Staff attorney, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Becky Beerling is a 2003 graduate from Hamline Law School. During law school Becky was a MJF summer fellow at CMLS and a MJF student board member. Before coming to MJF Becky worked as a judicial law clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska and the Nebraska Supreme Court. Most recently, Becky worked in the area of housing law at Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN). Becky is excited to help create opportunities for students to engage in public service work and work towards MJF’s goal of increasing access to justice for all Minnesotans.
Christy Botts, Staff attorney, University of St. Thomas School of Law, and MJF Program Director
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.
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.