Children’s Law Center attorney Julia Hillel describes paralegal Annie Tremain as a “vital team member” who goes the “extra mile” to ensure that abandoned, abused or neglected children in Minnesota’s child protection system receive adequate legal representation.
Tremain’s work with CLC began when she was a paralegal student. As an unpaid intern, she impressed the entire CLC staff with “her intelligence, work ethic, commitment and exceptional attitude.” When Annie’s internship ended, she continued on as a volunteer, and then became a permanent member of the team. Annie has now served as staff paralegal for over a year, and her colleagues describe her as “an amazing gift to CLC staff as well as to the volunteer attorneys and foster children we serve.”
Tremain has overseen more than 600 child client’s cases in foster care. Her job calls upon her diverse skills — from organizing court appearances for all volunteer attorneys and drafting filings to maintaining CLC’s paper and electronic case files. This work routinely requires Tremain to work extended hours, which she does with grace and enthusiasm.
Tremain’s dedication to children is not new — prior to her paralegal certificate, Annie worked as an elementary school teacher, helping kids ages 5 through 11 succeed in reading and math. She is inspired by the resilience of children, noting that kids often blossom once their needs are met. While it wasn’t an easy decision to change careers, Annie credits her parents for encouraging her to pursue her interest in the legal field.
The CLC staff and its clients are all grateful for Tremain’s dedication: “She makes all the lawyers she serves better lawyers. Day in and day out, CLC staff members are reminded of how truly fortunate and grateful we are to have Annie at CLC. CLC staff and the child clients we serve are indebted to Annie and her relentless work on their behalf,” the center said in nominating her.