Wandzel coordinates Fredrikson’s Pro Bono Program by working with community organizations to help identify areas of need for pro bono legal services and matches those needs with volunteer lawyers within the firm. She also works with lawyers to identify specific areas of interest relating to pro bono work. In addition, Wandzel also works with staff and lawyers to coordinate Fredrikson’s Community Service Program. Through this program, volunteers in the Volunteer Reading Program read with first grade students at Whittier School for the Arts, participate in Habitat for Humanity and volunteer at Sharing & Caring Hands. She also oversees the disbursements of funds and the distribution of gifts for Friends of Fredrikson. Wandzel became Fredrikson’s part-time pro bono coordinator in 1997 and full-time pro bono/community service coordinator in 2006. She began work at Fredrikson in 1993, first as a Staff Recruiter in the Human Resource Department, then as a Paralegal in the Litigation Group.
According to its website, “the Minnesota Justice Foundation was incorporated in 1982 by Minnesota law students concerned about their role within the community. For 31 years MJF has secured legal aid for thousands of under-represented Minnesotans by coordinating the efforts of volunteer law students and attorneys.”
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