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Texas A&M School of Law will be hosting this conference designed for people who are already involved in incubator or other post graduate programs for solo, small firm, and non-profit practitioners, as well as for those who want to know more about how these programs work and how they contribute to enhancing social justice through improved access to law.

The conference will describe and advance the continued growth of post- graduate law programs and the new wave of affordable legal services for groups without access to legal resources. Along with the basics of creating and implementing incubator programs and non-profit law firms, the conference will address, among other topics, the impact on law school curricular reform; collaboration between bench, bar and academics; technology and delivery of legal services; evolution of lawyering role models; and access to justice for low and moderate means clients.

The conference will include speakers, panels, workshops and hands-on technology sessions to help participants develop concrete take-aways that will have immediate impact on their work.



What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Collaborative Law and Interdisciplinary Team Collaborative Practice

January 18, 2017

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

This will be a short introduction to collaborative law as it is actually being practiced in the U.S and Canada. The program will present the basic elements of collaborative law and interdisciplinary team collaborative practice, along with discussion of key best practices and ethical concerns associated with helping clients make informed divorce process choices. The Uniform Collaborative Law Act/Rules will be mentioned, as will the third edition of the ABA book, Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation, and applicable international standards and ethics.

Speaker: Pauline Tesler 

Center for Professional Development

Center For Professional Responsibility

Delivery of Legal Services

Division for Public Services

Section of Dispute Resolution


How to Start a Virtual Law Practice

December 14, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Virtual law practices remain all the rage for attorneys who are looking to jump start a new practice - or modernize an existing one - utilizing modern technology and best practices. Really, we when talk 'virtual,' we are talking about mobility and accessibility. How can you serve your clients from anywhere without being tied to a traditional office space? And, how can your clients obtain high quality, but affordable, services? This webinar will introduce you to the concept of a virtual law practice and give you the nuts and bolts of setting one up, including technology options. We will also talk about how you can grow your team without taking on W-2 employees. Finally, we will have an open discussion on the benefits and challenges of a truly mobile practice. 

Panelist: Brooke Moore

Moderator: Chad E Burton


Center for Professional Development
Delivery of Legal Services
Law Practice Division


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Building an Effective “Limited Scope” Practice in Maryland

On October 14, 2016, the renewed Maryland Access to Justice Commission and the Maryland State Bar Association Section on the Delivery of Legal Services presented a statewide conference on how to build an effective “limited scope” practice in Maryland at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. New court rules in the state now allow for limited appearances in court, making it possible to develop a limited scope practice in the state. Experiences in other states suggest that having a limited scope practice is a win-win proposition, providing attorneys with a new financially viable business model and allowing many more moderate-income and working poor clients that otherwise could not afford an attorney, effective access to justice. Private, legal services and pro-bono attorneys were invited to attend. The conference was practical, with a focus on the nuts and bolts of building an effective limited scope practice in Maryland.


Client-Centric Legal Services: Getting from Here to There

Lawyers providing personal legal services cover a wide spectrum. They practice out of urban high rises, strip mall storefronts and small town offices across from the county courthouses. Some are the only game in town and provide a broad general practice. Others own a narrow niche and are recognized as the “go-to lawyer” for their issues. They are all subject to changes beyond their control – the erosion of the middle class, the ubiquitous use of technology in everyday life and competition from entities that provide legal products. The 20th Century model of providing legal services is in question with lawyers facing both pressures and opportunities to change. This conference looked at that business model, looked at the potential for change and set out a course to assure that legal services are vital moving forward. 

This conference, which took place August 14-15 in Denver, focused on pivoting practitioners into 21st Century problem-solvers by enhancing engagement and exploring better client-centric compensation methods and innovative delivery models.

Sponsored by

  • ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force
  • ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS)

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