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Call for members of Alternative Legal Models Task Force

The MSBA is looking for members who are interested in appointment to the Alternative Legal Models Task Force. The task force, whose creation is pursuant to action taken by the MSBA Assembly in June, will examine the advisability of supplementing traditional lawyer representation through the creation of a new type of limited-scope certified legal assistance provider to increase access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer.

One possibility the task force will examine involves certifying Limited Legal License Technicians (LLLT) who would possess authority to provide limited legal services in particular practice areas, as the state of Washington did recently. The Task Force will develop a recommendation to the Assembly regarding viable options to increase access to justice, possibly including certification of LLLTs, along with necessary safeguards to assure quality of service.

The task force will begin meeting in November-December 2015 and will have one year to complete its work, which is due in time for consideration at the December 2016 Assembly meeting. We seek applicants who are open-minded and interested in considering a variety of viewpoints on the issue of alternative legal licensing. Representatives from the state court, civil legal services and pro bono programs, private practitioners from diverse practice settings across the state (including large, small and solo firms), and law schools or other institutions of higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please contact Nancy Mischel at nmischel@mnbar.org or (612) 278-6331 for a qualifications and interest (Q&I) statement to complete. Q&I’s are due by Monday, November 2.

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