I am pleased to spread the word that Monica Fennel, Executive Director of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, David Udell, Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice and Visiting Professor from Practice at Cardozo Law School, and myself have presented an accredited CLE program under the American Judicature Society and West Legal Edcenter banners. The program is an overview of developments in access to justice, and will be made available online in mid-July. I will post when it is online.
Here is the description:
This program highlights the dramatic transformation of the American legal system from one that focuses on formal decision-making to one that is committed to equal access. The new vision contemplates that all – rich and poor, well-connected and less-connected, with lawyers and without – can have their cases heard and their grievances resolved.
The changes go well beyond traditional efforts to increase funding for lawyers to assist the poor, and include expanded pro bono roles for private attorneys, new services for self-represented litigants, and new structures for self-assessment by courts. The changes are creating many new and interesting opportunities for lawyers to make a difference.
Our learning objectives are to update participants on:
• New Opportunities in Pro Bono (including in Discrete Task Representation),
• Innovations for the Self-Represented (including latest court practices),
• Progress Toward Civil Gideon (including new pilot programs),
• Changes in the Legal Services Corporation and IOLTA (including responses to the financial crisis), and
• The Justice Index Project (the initiative to establish benchmarks that illuminate how the justice system is doing).
For AJS members the price is $67.50; for non-members $75. (Disclosure: I, [Richard only, as organizer], receive compensation and it is in part dependent on participation numbers.) The program will be audio and last one hour. Materials will be down-loadable during the program from the website.
The program will be accessible over the Internet. If you can not attend live, you can buy 180 day online access starting in mid July.
Post Updating History:
This post was updated on June 29, to reflect the fact that it had been presented, and would be available online in the future.
Please do forward and spread the word. A great opportunity to learn about developments and get CLE credit. Check the registration website to see if the program is accredited for your state.