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.
Janine Laird, Executive Director
Janine is a 1974 graduate of the University of Minnesota and a 1979 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. Ms Laird practiced law for several years before moving into public policy and nonprofit management.
Since 2004 she has served as Executive Director of MJF leading the staff and working with the board of directors. In addition to administrative duties she is responsible for directing the Summer Clerkship Program. Ms. Laird serves on a number of bar association committees and working groups as well as on three nonprofit community boards. She has been Co-Chair of the Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association since 2012.
Sara Schwebs, Program Director
Sara is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law. During her legal career, she practiced law in the areas of family law and criminal defense. She also served as both President and Interim Executive Director of Minnesota Women Lawyers, Inc. She has previously served MJF as a staff attorney at both the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University School of Law. Sara also serves on the Board of Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation.
Anna Beadle, Staff Attorney, University of Minnesota Law School
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 youth, 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.
Susan Morrow, Staff Attorney, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Susan is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law. While in law school she participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic and graduated with a concentration in Children and the Law. She also served as an associate and primary editor of the Journal of Public Law and Policy. In addition, she served as a student board member of Minnesota Justice Foundation. Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Hamline University with a double major in English and Legal Assistance. She has experience working as a higher education instructor, attorney editor, general practice attorney, law clerk and paralegal.
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.