Mentoring new sole practitioners to serve community needs

CCLI is a nonprofit law firm incubator in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We teach recent graduates of Mitchell Hamline School of Law to build sustainable, independent small-firm practices that serve the needs of low- and moderate-income Minnesotans. CCLI’s mission is to increase the number of small law firms in Minnesota providing affordable legal services to clients who are financially ineligible for legal assistance through existing legal nonprofits.

CCLI strives to close the justice gap, one small firm at a time. We are grateful for the support of our volunteers, donors, and other supporters -- and we welcome your questions and referrals. Thank you for visiting our site, and please consider making a donation. More about us


Because CCLI is doing something new, we get a lot of questions—and we’re happy to answer. Here are some of our greatest hits, and if your question is not onRead more


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Recent posts

(originally posted at When a potential client was seeking a resolution to a boundary issue, one attorney’s advice was a ...
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Attorney Kathryn Meintsma of HealthRoad Legal focuses on Administrative Health Law and Family Law. Kathryn also offers unbundled legal services ...
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Karen Grossman has experienced first-hand the consequences of self-representation and is committed to providing quality legal counsel that is affordable.  ...
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Wondering why CCLI does what it does?  Not sure what a legal incubator is and how it works?  Curious how ...
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CCLI alum Inti Martinez Aleman of Ceiba Forte is hosting an event for Twin Cities Startup Week: 9 Ways to Fail ...
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Professor Rebecca Sandefur has spent years researching access-to-justice issues in the context of civil legal services. Now she will be ...
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Our Participants

We are pleased to introduce the current participants in CCLI's law practice incubator, recent graduates of Mitchell Hamline School of Law who have a strong commitment to low bono service, and who are developing community-based small law firms.

Karen Grossman

Karen Grossman has experienced first-hand the consequences of self-representation and is committed to providing quality legal counsel that is affordable. She calls her firm Uplifting Legal because, as she hasRead more

Taylor Kaspar

After experiencing first hand how the aging process affects the entire family, Taylor discovered a passion for working with the aging population. For this reason, Taylor runs a practice centeredRead more

Kristina Perez

Meet our newest advocate, Kristina Perez.  Kristina is a native of Winona, MN. She grew up with a single mother, 3 brothers, and a sister. She helped care for herRead more

Marcos Ramirez

Marcos Ramirez of Nexum Legal focuses on immigration and small-business law.  He can be reached at 612-888-2707 or by email Marcos writes, “As a believer in democracy, I fought for keepingRead more

Amy Rotering

After twenty years of serving clients in the financial services industry, Amy Rotering pursued a career that would allow a more direct impact on the people she was helping. DuringRead more

Robert Schuneman

Robert offers a wealth of real-world business expertise developed through many years of hands-on business management coupled with substantial academic experience teaching graduate and undergraduate business courses. He frequently tellsRead more

Joe Vaccaro

Joseph G. Vaccaro graduated magna cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. While there, he clerked for both the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office and the Neighborhood JusticeRead more

Our Supporters

  • Fredrikson & Byron Foundation

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