Board Members

Mary Pat Byrn

Board Member

Viitala Law Office

Mary Pat is a Partner with Viitala Law Office and practices in the areas of estate planning and family law, and advises businesses and non-profits.  joining Ann Viitala, Mary Pat was a professor and Associate Dean at William Mitchell College of Law and a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Mary Pat is a licensed attorney with over twenty years of experience teaching, leading, and inspiring people and organizations. She is passionate about helping people explore possibilities and create what they want in life.

Sybil Dunlop

Board Member
Greene Espel PLLP

Prior to joining Greene Espel, Sybil clerked for the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Sybil graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, Order of the Coif, where she served as Senior Notes Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. Before attending law school, she received her B.A. from Smith College and lived and worked in both Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, DC.

An active legal scholar and enthusiastic teacher, Sybil’s articles have appeared in Hamline’s, St. John’s, and Vanderbilt’s Law Reviews, and she writes a monthly opinion column for Minnesota Lawyer. Sybil is frequently invited to present on the latest developments in the areas of qualified immunity, privilege, and motion practice.

Kate Z. Graham

Fafinski, Mark & Johnson, P.A.

Kate Graham is an Associate in the Agriculture and Trusts & Estates practice groups at the law firm of Fafinski, Mark & Johnson, P.A. (FMJ), located in New Ulm, Minnesota.  She handles a variety of estate planning, farm succession planning, elder law, and agriculture and food law matters.

Kate received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law. In addition, Kate has formal training in agriculture and food law from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. During this time, she also served as an adjunct professor teaching a “Wills, Trusts, & Estates Drafting Lab” for law school students.

Prior to joining FMJ, Kate clerked for the Minnesota Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Larry Stauber for two years before practicing for three years doing estate planning, elder care law, and probate administration at a firm in the Twin Cities.

Esmond Kim

Trust Point, Inc.

As a solo attorney for four years, Esmond Kim provided bankruptcy, probate, estate planning, and litigation services to clients at an affordable rate. Esmond offered below-market attorney fees because he believed that the average, middle class working person should be able to afford legal representation. Esmond joined the board of CCLI because he believes that the prevailing law firm business model disconnects average legal consumers from attorneys that would like to provide services at a fair rate.

Peter Knapp

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Peter Knapp is a Co-Director of Clinical Program and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School, and was previously an attorney at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly before beginning teaching at William Mitchell College of Law in 1989. Mr. Knapp’s leadership and service includes: Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Services Advisory Committee; Member (1996 to present) and Chair (2013), Law School Initiatives Subcommittee, Legal Assist. for the Disadvantaged Committee, Minnesota State Bar Assn.; President (1994 to present) and Member (1990 to present), Board of Directors, Liberty Plaza Housing Development; Chair, Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Services Planning Committee, (2005-2012).

Seth Nielsen

Board Member
Heley, Duncan & Melander, PLLP

In addition to representing businesses, Seth also has significant experience representing pro bono clients in family law and child protection cases. Seth has helped clients obtain divorce, modify custody, and secure grandparents’ visitation, and has helped children seek protective services and navigate the foster care system.

Seth attended law school at William Mitchell College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, he represented clients as a certified student attorney through the school’s Civil Advocacy Clinic. He was also selected to compete on the school’s mock trial team, and in multiple moot court competitions.

Erin Oglesbay

Board Member

Target Corporation

Erin Oglesbay is Director Counsel of Litigation at Target Corporation, where she manages a variety of complex litigation matters for the company. Before joining Target, Erin practiced litigation with Winthrop & Weinstine in Minneapolis. She also clerked for the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Erin graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004.

Iris Ramos

Board Member

The Law Office of Iris Ramos LLC

A native of Puerto Rico, Iris Ramos moved with her family to Minnesota over twenty years ago in search of a better quality of life. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, she faced the reality of job shortage in the legal community and decided to open up a law firm serving clients, including Spanish speakers, in the areas of family law and immigration. She then expanded her firm’s practice areas to include criminal and family law. She is passionate about helping solo attorneys and other small firms succeed through mentorship, volunteering, listening and engaging in open dialogue.

Meghan Scully

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Meghan Scully is a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. She represents low-income individual and families in a wide range of cases relating to government benefits, licensing, and collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Prior to law school, she provided constituent services on behalf of U.S. Senator and worked as a legislative aide in the Minnesota Senate.