Category Archives: Unbundling

New Free Sue Talia Unbundling Webinar

Wed. April 18, 9:00 AM, Pacific, Sue Talia will be doing an online webinar (registration link).  It is free. Anyone can sign up to participate live. It will also be posted for free on the PLI website for a year. … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Editorial Board Endorses Forms, Self-Help Services, Unbundling

The Bloomberg Editorial Board looks at the Texas forms brouhaha and comes out in favor of innovations for access: The Supreme Court of Texas, like courts in dozens of other states and counties, wants to make things easier by providing … Continue reading

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Leveraging Forms, Unbundled Assistance, and Lawyer Referral Systems

Here is an idea that might simultaneously assist in the adoption and expansion of forms, promote unbundling, and bring the lawyer referral services groups into better addressing access issues. It is simple.  Court forms should include in the general instructions … Continue reading

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Wayne Moore Makes Suggestions for Legal Aid on “How to Cut Costs Without Cutting Services”

Wayne Moore has responded to the legal aid budget crisis with this insightful and intensely practical memo on how legal aid programs can protect service delivery in a tough time.  I urge all, including those who have been somewhat critical … Continue reading

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NewsMaker Interview: Prof. Jim Greiner on the Latest Offer-Outcomes Research and its Implications

This blog is proud to be interviewing Professor Jim Greiner of Harvard about his latest research, conducted with Cassandra Wolos Pattanayak and Jonathan Hennessey, into the impact of offers of representation on outcomes.  The research is summarized in a recent … Continue reading

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Tools to Create an Unbundled-Orriented Lawyer Referral Service

The time is long past for every jurisdiction that allows unbundling — and of course now most do, to have such services available through lawyer referral and information services, ideally through a panel of the existing lawyer referral system.  Lets … Continue reading

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Legal Malpractice Insurance and Unbundling

Often one of the forces holding back the spread of unbundling is anxiety about the likely role of malpractice insurance companies. So it is nice to see that Lawyers Mutual (of North Carolina) has actually posted unbundling risk management materials … Continue reading

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Finally Some Real National Access Data — ABF Releases Mapping Study

This is a big step in understanding our system.  The American Bar Foundation has released its ACCESS ACROSS AMERICA: FIRST REPORT OF THE CIVIL JUSTICE INFRASTRUCTURE MAPPING PROJECT.  Executive Summary here.  Full text here. The study maps, for all the … Continue reading

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After Turner: A Proposed “Attorney Diagnosis” Approach to Triage for Access to Justice

After Turner, emphasizing due process requirements for cases involving the self-represented, there is an urgent need to think of better ways to decide who needs what services in order to get access to justice, and not just in the civil … Continue reading

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First Reports of Survey of Federal Court Self-Represented Litigation Services

As the Federal Court blog puts it: “The Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (CACM) asked the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) to survey chief district judges and clerks of court on the assistance their district courts provide … Continue reading

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New Stats on Increasing Federal Non-Prisoner SRL Cases — More Federal Court SRL Program Networking Starting

The US Courts News Blog has undated statistics on prisoner and non-prisoner self-represented cases. Key text: But the number of non-prisoner pro se cases has been climbing as well. In FY 2010, that total was 24,319. It was 22,821 in … Continue reading

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Interesting Way of Promoting Unbundling

This is an interesting way of promoting unbundling. The law office of Mathew Gary Evans in Passadena, California, urges: Being Unrepresented Doesn’t Have to Mean Being Unguided. As he explains, in part, on his website. If you cannot afford an … Continue reading

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Stephanie Kimbro’s Attorney Guide to Unbundling E-Book Now Online

Stephanie’s book Serving the DIY Client: A Guide to Unbundling Legal Services for the Private Practitioner is now online.  It is clear, well laid out, practical, and easy to read and follow.  I am sure that it will be a … Continue reading

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Wayne Moore Part Two: Roles of ATJ Commissions, Pro Bono, LSC etc., and A Ten Year Vision

This is Part Two of our NewsMaker Interview with Wayne Moore, author of Delivering Legal Services to Low-Income People.  Part One, here, included discussion of what Wayne has learned about how a system should be built, what components it should … Continue reading

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Pro Se Clerks in the Federal Courts — A Base for Self-Help Innovation

The Third Branch, with official news from the Federal Courts, has an interesting piece on pro se clerks in the Federal system. The core point: the court staff put in place to deal with prisoner petitions are now working on … Continue reading

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