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Update: Minnesota unbundled roster

The Minnesota Judicial Branch recently obtained $50,000 in grant funding from the National Center for State Courts to create an online roster of attorneys interested in providing unbundled legal services. At the request of the iudicial branch, MSBA staffers Steve Marchese and Nancy Mischel, along with staff from the HCBA and RCBA, developed a proposal for creating an online unbundled roster.  The group decided to build upon each association’s existing LRIS capacities with the goal of creating a single roster that would be accessible via website for clients and attorneys, refer clients to attorneys based upon pre-existing screening criteria (including subject matter and geographic location), and could track the outcomes of referrals.

Attorneys participating in the roster must complete training requirements (including attending a two-hour live kick-off CLE session on ethics and business models scheduled for August 14), carry malpractice insurance, have no more than one private admonition over their practice careers, and be willing to take at least four referrals from the roster over a year.  The MSBA will also establish an online community for participants to share advice and practice tips.

Over 30 attorneys—some of whom currently provide unbundled services—have expressed interest by signing up to participate in the August 14 training. We anticipate the roster will go live this fall. In 2019, a statewide triage portal for all litigants (currently in development) will connect to the unbundled roster, thereby enabling potential clients to obtain referrals directly based upon screening criteria on the portal website.

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