Category Archives: Pro Bono

Guest Blogger Esther Lardent Responds to Recent Blog On Large Firm Changes

I am pleased to post this blog post, in which Esther Lardent of the Pro Bono Institute responds, taking a much appreciated and more optimistic take, to my recent post on the implications of changes in large firms. Richard Zorza’s … Continue reading

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AP Running Access to Justice Innovation Story

The AP, and ABC, are running a story on an access inititive that uses faith based organizations to get the word about pro bono help out. Tennessee’s faith-based initiative is unusual compared to most legal aid programs across the country … Continue reading

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Interesting Article on Ideas to Change Ethics Rules to Facilitate Pro Bono

Esther Lardent of the Pro Bono Institute has an interesting article in the National Law Journal on how current ethics rules inhibit pro bono.  Lots of good ideas for change here. Limits in multi-jurisdictional practice get in the way of … Continue reading

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David Udell Blogs on New Jerseys Consideration of Bar Admission Pro Bono Requirment

David Udell, director of the National Center for Access to Justice has an excellent summary on his blog, here, of the NJ proposal for a bar admission pro bono requirement. Among the differences from NY are limitation to programs and … 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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News on Law Student Pro Bono

The National Center for Access to Justice shares some news on the New York law student pro bono rule, and beyond. The Center has released its recommendations for software to support law student pro bono.  “The Center is interested in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the LSC TIG Solicitation

The LSC Technology Grants solicitation is out, with short letters of intent due March 18.  While applications must be made by existing LSC grantees, there is great openness to cooperative grants in which access to justice partners, including courts, are … Continue reading

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The Highlight of the LSC TIG Conference

LSC President Jim Sandman’s lunch address on Wednesday was for me the highlight of the TIG Conference.  Why? Not because of the clear commitment to the role of technology in the transformation of access to justice — important though that … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Law Article on Impact on Law Student Pro Bono Requirement

Liz Tobin Tyler and David S. Udell have an article up on Bloomberg Law.  It discusses the impact of the New York bar application pro bono requirement.  Its a useful survey for those considering advocating for a similar requirement on … Continue reading

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How Law Student/Bar Applicant Pro Bono Requirements Might Move National

Its an interesting possibility.  Could New York’s recently finalized 50 hour pro bono requirement for those seeking bar admission go national, and if so, what would the mechanism be? David Udell, of the National Center for Access to Justice and … Continue reading

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Learning About Our Guest Blogger Claudia Johnson

Many of you have read posts on this blog from Claudia Johnson.  Most of us did not know where here passion for access, and indeed the breadth of her vision, came from.  As she tells us in a recent post … Continue reading

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Counting Pro Bono — A New Question From the UK

This should get us thinking. An article in the UK Law Society Gazette, Pro bono – minding the gap, as commented on by the excellent Richard Moorehead here, suggests that the current systems of counting pro bono are inadequate. One … Continue reading

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Non-Lawyer Practice — Moving the New York Discussion Forward

I blogged recently about testimony at the New York Access to Justice hearings about the potential of non-lawyer practice. I am now able to post the actual testimony that was briefly referenced in the Reuters story. Professor Gillian Hadfield of … Continue reading

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LSC Pro Bono Task Force Report Now Out

It’s out and here. It was well worth waiting for, with many recommendations that go way beyond the traditional formulaic praise of pro bono to engage what needs to be done. I thought it might be worthwhile to highlight and … Continue reading

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New York Bar Application Pro Bono Requirment Gets Attention

The New York Courts have finalized the bar applicant mandatory pro bono rules.  The National Center for Access to Justice blogs with the details and links here. But the bigger picture news is how much attention this has gotten.  Look … Continue reading

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