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


Donate online The Collaborative Community Law Initiative relies on donations and grants to carry out its educational mission. CCLI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and thus, donations are tax deductibleRead more


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Recent posts

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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On November 1, our own Marcos Ramirez of Nexum Legal PLLC will host a complimentary breakfast and elimination-of-bias CLE at ...
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This summer while visiting my family, I reconnected with a good friend--a former mentor and teacher from middle school. We ...
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Meet our newest advocate, Kristina Perez.  Kristina is a native of Winona, MN. She grew up with a single mother, ...
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What is it like to study for the bar exam? It is akin to memorizing a full set of encyclopedia ...
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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.

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 Law focuses on immigration, business, and family law.  He can be reached at 612-888-2707 or by email Marcos writes, “As a believer in democracy, I foughtRead 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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