Bloomberg Law
Sept. 30, 2020, 7:28 PM

Minnesota Latest State to Test Limited Legal License Program

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Minnesota is the latest state to test a paraprofessional limited licensing scheme to help low income residents afford legal help in civil matters.

“The need for civil legal aid, particularly in the areas of family law and landlord-tenants disputes is great, and that legal paraprofessionals can contribute to the legal needs of Minnesota citizens in these areas,” the Minnesota Supreme Court said Tuesday in authorizing a two-year pilot program to begin next March.

The decision comes as California, Arizona and Utah pursue similar access-to-justice initiatives to help the growing number of people—especially during the pandemic—who find themselves unable to afford ...

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