Fordham Law School plans a broad Symposium on Access to Justice, on Nov 1 at their campus near Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
While I find the formal title “Until Civil Gideon” a little confusing, the overall agenda gives a feel for an overall analysis of the non-Gideon elements of a comprehensive access strategy, and how they relate to Gideon components of such a strategy.
The session titles are revealing:
- Civil Gideon?
- The Role of Non-lawyers
- Unbundled Legal Services
- Technology and Self-Help
- Court Innovations
The announcement says “While obtaining a form of civil Gideon is a goal, the conference will ask, from a broad variety of perspectives, what are the best strategies until that point?” Personally I think that as a practical matter most people accept that we are likely to end up at best with a system of triage that ensures that those who need counsel to be heard will get counsel. I will be one of the responders to Earl Johnson’s opening presentation (Civil Gideon?), and look forward to an opportunity for a discussion about developing a strategic consensus.
Chief Judge Lippman will deliver the keynote. Given his visionary leadership, that should be something to hear.
Registration information (including pricing — very low except for those seeking CLE) is here.