Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FREE Workshop on Legal Advice!

Basics of Law Workshop

with Loddy Elizabeth Tolzmann

Hosted by Lao Assistance Center

503 Irving Ave N. Suite #100, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Conference Room

Thursday May 12, 2011

Workshop: 12:00pm-1:00pm

One-on-One Consultation: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Lunch will be provided


Loddy is a Lao-American attorney who will be presenting on the basics of law and to help the community understand how to seek appropriate legal advice. These key topics will be discussed:

  • How do I know if I need a Lawyer? Should I hire one or do this on my own?
  • How do I find the right lawyer? What questions should I ask?
  • What are my rights in a lawyer-client relationship?
  • What does my lawyer expect from me?
  • How do I pay for a lawyer? What are the different types of fee agreements? What if I cannot afford a lawyer?
  • What are the different types of law that are commonly addressed in the Twin Cities area?
  • What community, legal, and state resources are available to me?
  • If I have a private dispute with a neighbor, friend, or family member - what should I do?
  • How does the American legal system work?


Loddy Elizabeth Tolzmann has been practicing law over six years, particularly in the field of immigration. She has extensive and well-rounded experience in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, consular-based processing, and deportation defense. She has represented clients before U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services, the local immigration courts, and U.S. embassies/consulates worldwide. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She is licensed in the states of Minnesota and Nevada.

Prior to becoming a partner at Tolzmann and Nordell, she was an associate attorney at Davis and Goldfarb PLLC and also served as the U.S. Branch Manager of a leading international-based immigration and visa consult firm in London. At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, she has served as a Board Director for the Alumni Board and currently serves as a mentor for the law's school mentor program. She is a 2009 recipient of the University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Living the Mission Award and has attained St. Thomas' Society of the Arches Socius Approbtus status for her contributions of time and talent to the university community. Elizabeth is also a Board Member of Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a nonprofit and non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to clear the remnants of armed conflict from some of the world's poorest nations; educate and employ local people; and help provide solutions for those trapped by poverty and economic devastation through no fault of their own. She has volunteered for the Tubman Safety Program and served as a legal advocate for domestic abuse victims in Hennepin County. Elizabeth is fluent in the Laotian language.

For more info on legal services, visit: www.tolzmannlaw.com. If interested in attending, please RSVP with Chanida at chanidap@laocenter.org. Hope to see you there!

Chanida Phaengdara

Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota

503 Irving Avenue North

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405

Office: 612.374.4967

Fax: 612.312.1150