CCLI Welcomes 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 centered on estate planning, probate, medical assistance applications, and other areas elder law. Taylor’s focus is to help elderly persons and their loved ones obtain concrete plans for the future, protect assets, and navigate the probate system should a loved one pass away. Taylor graduated with honors from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She attributes her academic success to the experience gained from working for various solo practitioners and small law firms. Although Taylor focuses her practice on the many facets of elder law, Taylor also has experience handling family law matters.

CCLI Board Member Sophia Vuelo appointed to the bench in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District

On November 29, Governor Dayton announced the appointment of Sophia Vuelo to the bench in Ramsey County.  Prior to her appointment Judge Vuelo served on the CCLI Board.  CCLI’s gratitude for Judge Vuelo’s service on its Board is surpassed only by its appreciation for her service to the state of Minnesota as a judge.  Read more about Judge Vuelo’s appointment at this link –

St. Paul lawyer is state’s first judge of Hmong descent

CCLI Welcomes 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. During law school, Amy served in the Minnesota Department of Human Service’s Adult Protection Unit, and in Hennepin County Family Court. Amy became concerned about the number of families facing difficult decisions without legal assistance. Additionally, as a single parent, Amy experienced the complexities of the family court from the client’s perspective.Amy is committed to guiding families through all stages of life, from child-centered family law and housing, to estate planning and end-of-life concerns. Amy is available to mediate difficult discussions, and is also passionate about advocating for the right of the elderly and vulnerable to live in a safe environment with access to the resources they need. Amy believes everyone deserves a voice, and provides affordable legal services on a sliding-scale basis.

Inti Martinez-Aleman and Karin Ciano teach newer lawyers, participate in bar summit

CCLI advocate Inti Martinez-Aleman volunteers a lot of his time for the greater good, and this past week has been no exception. On November 9, Inti served as a panelist on the topic of Alternative Legal Models at the MSBA New Lawyers Leadership Conference, along with MSBA Bar President Sonia Miller Van Oort, LegalNudge founder Jenna Westby, and CCLI Executive Director Karin Ciano. Two days later, Inti and Karin participated in a Saturday bar summit to brainstorm about the future of bar associations in Minnesota. CCLI thanks Inti for his continuing commitment to the Minnesota bar!

November 20 – What Solo & Small-Firm Lawyers Can Learn from Nonprofit Law Firms

Join CCLI, the MSBA Solo & Small Section, and special guests Lisa Stratton and Shantelle Argyle for a lunchtime CLE at the MSBA offices!

Nonprofit law firms have been with us for ten years, yet it’s remarkable how little most lawyers understand them. Some, such as Minnesota’s own Gender Justice, blaze trails through impact litigation and policy advocacy. Others, such as Utah’s Open Legal Services, are creating new models to deliver affordable legal services to clients in the justice gap. Join us for a conversation with Gender Justice’s Lisa Stratton and Open Legal Services’ Shantelle Argyle to learn how nonprofit law firms complement both public and private lawyers, and how they can serve as referral partners, teachers, and change agents in the community. Brought to you by the MSBA Solo & Small Section and the Collaborative Community Law Initiative.  Register at the link below!

CCLI Welcomes Sheena Thompson

Meet CCLI’s newest advocate, Sheena Thompson of Thompson Legal PLLC. Sheena graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in May 2017, where she focused her legal education on criminal defense and public service. Sheena noticed there was a population of individuals and families being under-served, and she decided to open Thompson Legal, PLLC to help those in the justice gap. Sheena offers reduced rates for individuals and families who make too much money to qualify for free legal services but not enough money to pay market rate attorneys’ fees. Sheena takes cases in the areas of criminal defense, criminal/eviction expungements, and occasionally estate planning. Sheena will consider other case types to meet her mission of serving those in the justice gap.

IAALS conference on unbundled legal services

Last week I was privileged to attend the IAALS conference, “Better Access Through Unbundling,” where I was the only lawyer from Minnesota. Fascinating to see where other states are in their efforts to encourage lawyers to provide unbundled services.  (Did you know, for example, that at least one state court has defined what is practicing law and what isn’t?)  I hope to start a collaboration between CCLI and the bar to open the conversation about unbundled services… starting with what to call them.  Watch this space for more!