The ABA House of Delegates has passed a resolution in support of unbundling.
RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association encourage practitioners, when appropriate, to consider limiting the scope of their representation as a means of increasing access to legal services.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association encourage and support the efforts of national, state, local and territorial bar associations, the judiciary and court administrations, and CLE providers to take measures to assure that practitioners who limit the scope of their representation do so with full understanding and recognition of their professional obligations.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association encourage and support the efforts of national, state, local and territorial bar associations, the judiciary and court administrations, and those providing legal services to increase public awareness of the availability of limited scope representation as an option to help meet the legal needs of the public.
This has the potential to be helpful in a number of ways:
- Encouraging state and local bars to up their game when it comes to supporting unbundling
- Enabling the ABA to take public positions in support of unbundling
- Enabling the ABA to submit amicus briefs in cases involving issues relating to unbundling. This may be particularly important given the recent trend for cases to condemn and penalize so-called “ghost-writing.”
The Report which accompanies the Resolution is a valuable resource for advocacy, including as it does analysis of state rules, a summary of arguments for unbundlng, and a report on the polling data about public perceptions of unbundling. I particularly hope that it will encourage lawyer referral services to offer and encourage unbundling.