Category Archives: Pro Bono

Rebranding and Revitalizing the Legal Profession

Whatever you make think about the Trump administration, one thing is clear, the public is being reminded of the importance of the availability of lawyers.  Maybe also, the profession itself is remembering also how much helping real people with real problems … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Counsel, Access to Justice Generally, Immigration, Pro Bono | 1 Comment

Article on Incentives in Access to Justice

My paper on incentives in access to justice has now been published in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.  Here it is. Here is the full text of the abstract: Most of the current deregulation discussion focuses on permitting both … Continue reading

Posted in ABA, Access to Counsel, Alternative Business Structures, Anti-Trust, Bar Associations, Medical System Comparision, Middle Income, Mixed Model, Non-Lawyer Practice, Outcome Measures, Planning, Political Support, Poverty, Pro Bono, Referral Systems, Research and Evalation, Rules Reform, Self-Help Services, Simplification, Systematic Change, Tax Policy, Technology

Supreme Court Nominee Garland’s Perhaps Unprecedented Speech Today Highlights Access to Justice

The normal rule is that Supreme Court nominees do not give speeches or interviews to the media.  But, then, the normal rule is also that the Senate does not block a highly respected and previously easily confirmed nominee a few … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Pro Bono, Supreme Court, White House | 2 Comments

We Lose a Special Giant, Pro Bono Pioneer Esther Lardent

The Pro Bono Institute, which she founded, has announced the death of Esther Lardent. It is with profound sorrow that the Board of Directors of the Pro Bono Institute marks the passing of our beloved friend and founder Esther F. … Continue reading

Posted in History, Pro Bono, Vocation | 3 Comments

Asking About the Role of Pro Bono in Responding to the Challenge of the Chiefs’ 100% Resolution Could Help Pro Bono Regain Momentum

There has been some good news on pro bono in the last couple of years: the LSC Pro Bono Grant Program has been launched and LSC has revised its PAI 12.5% set-aside rules.  However, beyond this, it has been a … Continue reading

Posted in 100% Access Strategy and Campaign, Access to Justice Generally, Pro Bono, Systematic Change, Triage, Unbundling

Pro Bono Could Lead the Way in Resolving the Struggle for the Soul of the Legal Profession

I have been up in Canada to address the excellent National Pro Bono gathering in Regina Saskatchewan, and hearing about the many pro bono and court innovations moving forward there, as well as from Justice Thomas Cromwell of their Supreme … Continue reading

Posted in Judicial Ethics, Non-Lawyer Practice, Pro Bono, Systematic Change | Tagged | 1 Comment

LSC Announces Pro Bono Innovation Grants

LSC has just announced its first pro bono innovation awards, funded by a special line in the LSC appropriation.  These grants follow the TIG model, they are discretionary and competitive, and intended to be innovative. This years grants cover the … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, LSC, Pro Bono, Technology