Anishinabe Legal Services

411 1st St NWCass LakeMinnesota   56633
Anishinabe Legal Services, Cass Lake, Minnesota

Ensuring equal access to high quality legal assistance for historically under-served people living on or near the Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth Tribal Lands and to protect legal rights and Tribal Sovereignty.

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Cody Nelson Cody Nelson is currently the Executive Director at ALS. Cody has been with ALS as a staff attorney since graduating magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2006. He is a licensed attorney in Minnesota as well as the tribal courts of Red Lake, White Earth, Mille Lacs, and Leech Lake. In his spare time, Cody enjoys watching movies.

Lynn Wessel Lynn Wessel is our Financial Administrator. She joins ALS in 2018 with over 30 years’ experience in the financial industry. Lynn is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota, but resided in the twin cities metro area before relocating back to the Northwoods within the past few years. Lynn and her husband reside in Bemidji with their daughter, and they all enjoy spending as much time on the lake as possible.

Chari LaDuke Chari LaDuke-Clark is the Administrative Director in our central office in Cass Lake. She has been employed with ALS since October 2006 and has been licensed as a Red Lake Nation Court Advocate since April of 2008. She is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Chari recently was appointed to serve the Bemidji community by becoming a board member for the Nameless Coalition, which operates the Wolfe Center, a homeless shelter for chronic inebriates. Born and raised in Minnesota, Chari and her family make their home in Bemidji. Her hobbies include travelling, spending time with her family and hanging out with friends.

Taylor Burdick Taylor Burdick is a staff attorney at ALS. He became part of the team in August. He is a 2017 graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He was the Vice President of the National Native American Student Association (NNALSA) and Administrator of the 2017 NNALSA Moot Court Competition. Taylor is an enrolled member of the Muskogee Nation and native to Northern Minnesota. In 2016, he clerked for the Leech Lake Tribal Court. In his spare time, Taylor continues to develop his passion for Indian Law by volunteering with local students pursuing their law careers.

Jerome Song Jerome Song is a staff attorney in the Cass Lake Office. Jerome is originally from St. Cloud. He attended Saint Cloud State University for his undergraduate and the University of North Dakota School of Law for his Law Degree where he graduated with Distinction. While in Law School, Jerome was a member of the school’s law review and housing and employment law clinic as well as numerous student organizations such as Asian Student Association, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and Environmental Law Society. Prior to joining ALS, Jerome worked with a long time solo practitioner in Minneapolis focusing primarily in the areas of Criminal, Probate, and Bankruptcy law. Jerome is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota. Jerome is also taking online courses in accounting to gain eligibility to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam. During his free time Jerome likes to attend sporting events, watch movies, golf, fish, and work out.

Steve Campbell Steve Campbell is a staff attorney out of the Main Office of ALS. He will be primarily providing child protection defense services to individuals on the Leech Lake Reservation. Steve grew up in the Twin Cities and Sioux Falls, SD. He attended the University of South Dakota for undergraduate and law school and obtained a BA in 1985 and JD in 1988. His primary interest was in Indian law, especially the unique relationship that tribes share with the federal government, and went to work for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe immediately after graduation. Steve has been working in Indian Country for the past 30 years with many different tribal nations across the country. In his free time, Steve spends a lot of time with his adult children and two Takoja (grandchildren), he enjoys reading, travelling, and watching movies and football.

Ellen Weinberg is the staff attorney in the White Earth office. She represents clients in child protection, guardianship, commitment, and landlord-tenant cases. She has a B.A. in ancient history from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in St. Paul. She is still a history buff. She founded the Moorhead Civil War Round Table in 2016, and loves reading, tennis, pickleball, vegetarian cooking, and dogs.

Rita Holler is a paralegal/non-attorney representative. Rita graduated from Bryant & Stratton College with an Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. To complete her degree requirements, she interned with Anishinabe Legal Services for over 400 hours and eventually was hired as a full time employee. Following that, she later moved to Duluth and worked for the Public Defender's office and two private attorneys. Rita has since returned to ALS and provides services primarily for disabled and vulnerable individuals including through the disability benefits approval process. Rita is excited to work more intensively with the SSI/RSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program initiative to reach the homeless citizens in our area and working to obtain benefits for their financial security. Rita has lived in Bemidji since 1989 and has four grown children, two boys and two girls, along with 5 grandchildren, and is happily expecting two new grandsons in 2019.

Jamie Taylor is our Secretary/Receptionist