Monthly Archives: March 2013

Equal Justice Works Acepting Proposals for Veterans Projects

Here is a description of the Project (note that positions are contingent upon funding from Amercorps): Equal Justice Works just released a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking results-oriented host sites for the Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship Program, an exciting new … Continue reading

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Malpractice Insurance Provider Writes Sympathetically About Unbundling

One anxiety that has held back expansion of unbundling is fear that malpractice carriers will be unhappy with their clients providing unbundled legal assistance.  While this fear is largely dissipating, it is nice to see that one insurer’s blog has … Continue reading

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Roundtable for Incubators at Equal Justice

As you know, I am a huge fan of the incubator.  It is one of the “without-which” innovations that we have to put in place to get to 100% access to justice.  Among the obvious advantages: a path for law … Continue reading

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Report on Colorado Simplified Process Rule Option

In 2004 Colorado put in place statewide a Rule 6.1 permitting the parties to use a simplified trial process in certain relatively low-stake cases. A report on this experiment is now available here, and it is reported on in the … Continue reading

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Important Letter From NSF on Interest in Acces to Justice

NSF has issued an important “dear colleague” letter “Stimulating Research Related to the Use and Functioning of the Civil Justice System” on the agency’s continuing interest in access-type research.  While this is not a new solicitation, the letter makes clear … Continue reading

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ABA Access to Justice Commissions: Grants Made and Availability Announced

Here is a list of grants just made to support the establishment/encouragement of new Access to Justice Commissions: Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education Supreme Court of Ohio Supreme Court of Oklahoma Philadelphia Bar Association Rhode Island Judiciary It … Continue reading

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Transitions

This seems to be a time of transitions in the access to justice world.  I’d like to take the opportunity to note the very significant contributions of those that I know about. Allison McDermott is leaving Pro Bono Net after … Continue reading

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Good News Spreads More on Social Media — Implications for Outreach

A fascinating story in the New York Times reports that while it s generally thought that bad news is more popular in traditional media, “if it bleeds, it leads,” the opposite is the case in social media.  The finding is … Continue reading

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Randomized Studies Gain an Ally

We do not usually track electoral politics on this blog, except when it directly impacts access to justice.  But this piece from Politico is irresistible in its description, by a Republican consultant, of how the Democrats used the scientific method … Continue reading

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National Coalition on Civil Right to Counsel Listing of Gideon Events

The National Counsel on Civil Right to Counsel has put up a nice website on the events organized around the Gideon anniversary. Upcoming events include those in San Fransciso, DC, Durham NC, and Boston (Harvard – I will be speaking). … Continue reading

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Memories of a Mentor, and Honoring a Prosecutor

On the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainright, I keep thinking about one of my mentors, Brownlow (Browny) Speer, who died a few weeks ago. Browny was Chief Appellate Attorney of first the Massachusetts Defenders Committee, and then its successor, … Continue reading

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Thoughts After the Gideon Fifty Year Anniversay Gathering at DOJ

I was privileged to be invited to be at the gathering yesterday at the Dept of Justice to mark the 50th anniversay of Gideon v. Wainright.  The gathering was organized by the Access to Justice Initiative of DOJ.  Among those … Continue reading

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Will the Sequester Kill Innovation — and How to Prevent That

While the sequester will do a lot of short damage — for example the loss of $29 million or so in legal aid funding, the real risk is to the culture of innovation. To the extent that managers in courts … Continue reading

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Alaska Early Resolution Project Using Pro Bono

Alaska has a great Early Resolution Project in which pro bono attorneys focus on cases which are settlement ready, as screened by the self-help center.  As the linked document explains: Early intervention is an effective component of settlement in family law … Continue reading

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Mississippi Law Journal Symposium Issue on Access to Justice

The Mississippi Law Journal Symposium issue on access to justice is out.  All the articles are online.  Lots of useful citeable content. Here is the Table of Contents: Kristen Kyle-Castelli, Foreword: Poverty and Access to Justice Symposium Hon. Jess H. … Continue reading

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