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


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Recent posts

by Alexis Raihle | April 12, 2019 Millennials: Instant gratification with the least amount of effort. Right? Why do they ...
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(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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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.

Kathleen Gomez

Kathleen was once told that people who can’t afford attorneys call police. Kathleen became an attorney after serving 20 years as a police officer. It’s her goal to ensure thatRead more

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

Monica McCreery

Monica McCreery handles all types of cases in criminal law (and related issues including expungements and civil DWI issues), as well as housing law, family law, and other civil litigationRead 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

Our Supporters

  • Fredrikson & Byron Foundation

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