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Sara Larison
Sara Larison

Unsung: Sara Larison

During her three years at the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, Sara Larison became a “true cornerstone” of the small nonprofit.

Larison, as office manager, helped CLC staff coordinate work for some 300 volunteer attorneys, who annually provide legal representation to more than 650 children who have been removed from home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.

“Sara is a solid employee: very kind, professional, passionate about her work and the cause and incredible,” said Lilia Panteleeva, CLC executive director.

One example: When the nonprofit’s computer system crashed and lost all backup data covering three months, Sara quietly helped through the crisis, while also continuing to stay abreast of her ongoing, regular work, Panteleeva said.

Before joining the CLC, Larison worked three years for Barnes & Thornberg, where she started as a contract employee in the office services division of the law firm’s Minneapolis office. While at Barnes, Larison learned of the CLC because her law firm had attorneys who were volunteers for the nonprofit. When CLC had an opening for an office manager, Larison immediately applied for the job and got it.

“Being a part of an organization that helps those children was very fulfilling,” said Larison, who recently left CLC to move to Colorado with her significant other.

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