Category Archives: Unbundling

Massachusetts Adds Access to Justice to Bar Exam — Ideas on Implications

Massachusetts has now added access to justice to the bar exam, starting in 2016. As previously reported in this blog when comment was sought, the now-accepted proposal includes a wide range of topics from landlord tenant to predatory lending, and … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Formally Asks for Comments on Proposed Rule To Include ATJ on Bar Exam

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the state’s top court) is formally asking for comment on a proposed rule change that would put access to justice issues on the bar exam. The proposed rule is written in such a way that … Continue reading

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One From the ABA

An important developments from the ABA Legal Services Delivery Committee, which is really the only group there that focuses on middle income access. Reinventing the Practice of Law: Emerging Models to Enhance Affordable Legal Services, edited by the wonderful Luz … Continue reading

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New Innovation Platform and Tribute to TIG in Apppropriation to LSC for Pro Bono

Here is another tipping point. The 2014 Omnibus Budget includes a special $2.5 million line for LSC, a Pro Bono Innovation Fund.  (http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20140113/CPRT-113-HPRT-RU00-h3547-hamdt2samdt_xml.pdf at p.143).  It is nice that the final number is actually the higher House number — see … Continue reading

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Julie MacFarlane on Barriers to Unbundling

Dr. Julie McFarlane has recently blogged on the failure of the Canadian bar to provide unbundling.  Much of the blog is a discussion of the purported reasons for not availability, and a rebuttal.  The post is well worth reading for … 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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JOLT Publishes Additinal LSC Tech Summit Papers Online

More papers from the LSC Summit on Technology and Access to Justice have now been posted online by Harvard’s Journal of Law and Technology, adding to those already published in the journal itself. The papers are: Summit on the Use … Continue reading

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ABA Passes Unbundling Resolution

The ABA House of Delegates has passed a resolution in support of unbundling. RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association encourage practitioners, when appropriate, to consider limiting the scope of their representation as a means of increasing access to legal services. … Continue reading

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Colorado Appellate Unbundling Rule

For appeals cases, Colorado adopts the simple obvious rule allowing a right of termination of representation at the end of what has been agreed to.  Here is the full text. This is another great step in routinizing unbundling, and is … Continue reading

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Lawyer Referral Services Are the Key Gateway to Unbundled Services and Calfornia Leads the Way

It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of lawyer referral services (LRS) in opening up unbundling to the millions for whom it is the key to access to justice, and the tens or hundreds of thousands of lawyers who might … Continue reading

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Will Hornsby Reports on Year’s Key Events

Each year, Will Hornsby, as staffer for the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, puts out a summary of key events.  It is all worth a read, but particularly useful is this summary of rule and ethics … Continue reading

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Potential Issues With Requiring Unbundling Counsel to Disclose What Not To Be Done

I recently blogged on Laura Abel’s interesting idea about requiring counsel to disclose what they are not going to be doing.  I pointed out that this might assist in a Turner approach to ensuring that what needs to be done … Continue reading

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Unbundling and Judicial Engagement — Proposal from Laura Abel

As part of a very interesting article in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law Policy, and now on SSRN, Laura Abel discusses the potential for courts to require attorneys to disclose what tasks they are not performing for their clients, … Continue reading

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Free Sue Talia CLE Program on Unbundling Now Online Thanks to PLI

Its called Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation and is online here. It’s free (thanks to the generosity of Sue and PLI) and CLE credit is available for most states.  You can’t beat that deal, particularly with the super … Continue reading

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NPR Story on Alaska Pro Bono SRL Unbundled Dispute Resolution

NPR (US National Public Radio) has done a great story on Alaska’s program that uses unbundled pro bono assistance to speed the resolution of cases that are “almost there.” As I understand the process, the court Self-Help program reviews the … Continue reading

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