In January MSBA President Mike Unger named the following members to the MSBA’s Alternative Legal Models Task Force: Kenneth White and Susan Wiens (co-chairs), Sally Dahlquist, Hon. Michele Davis, Bridget Gernander, Leondra Hanson, Marcy Harris, Charla Hunter, April King, Ellen Krug, Lawrence McDonough, Fred Ojile, Jon Olson, Elizabeth Reppe, Hon. John Rodenberg, Maren Schroeder, Traci Sherman, Angela Sipila, Gary Voegele, and the Hon. Thomas Wexler.
The task force, whose creation is pursuant to action taken by the MSBA Assembly in June 2015, 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 (LLLTs), 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. The task force will present draft recommendations to the Assembly in December, and the Assembly will vote on the final recommendations and report of the task force at their meeting in April 2017. The task force plans to hold several listening sessions in greater Minnesota in the fall to solicit input from members. Metro members will also have opportunities to provide feedback.