Its now 20 years since Washington State launched the first Access to Justice Commission (actually they called it a Board).
The Commissions Network now covers over half the states, continues to expand, and is recognized as at the core of the overall national access strategy. The Conference of Chiefs has endorsed the approach.
However, there is a wide variety of forms of appointment, membership models, scope of authority, internal structure, relationship to the state Supreme Court, funding, hosting, relationship to IOLTA program, etc.
Maybe it is time to do an overall evaluation of the benefits and costs of different approaches to these organizational and structural issues. Maybe we can start to identify best practices. Yes, the situations in the states are all very different, but that does not make it impossible to analyze what works where, and why.
Perhaps its time to move to the next level of commissions. This may be the way to start that process.