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

On April 19, CCLI's own Inti Martinez-Aleman will join mentor Matt Ludt and other attorneys to share insights about how ...
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On March 24, CCLI will be in booth 323 at the Twin Cities Women's Expo!  Come by to join us ...
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Up to 85% of people with legal concerns represent themselves in civil cases. This is rarely a good idea. Donald ...
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Digby Willard, affectionately (and appropriately) dubbed a “Marketing Guru,” offered a series of marketing classes to CCLI’s attorneys. Digby met ...
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On February 7, 2018, Karin Ciano was honored by Minnesota Lawyer as an Attorney of the Year. Barbara Jones said ...
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On February 10, Amy Rotering and I attended the Community Connections Conference in Minneapolis to spread the word about the ...
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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.

Inti Martínez-Alemán

Inti Martinez-Aleman

Inti Martínez-Alemán, a 2016 graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, was an attorney in his native Honduras before moving to the United States. Inti serves the Latino population inRead 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

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

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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