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This issue of The Judges’ Journal brings to light issues surrounding the access-to-justice paradox. One key is the ABA’s newly formed Legal Access Job Corps Task Force, which is identifying ways to provide meaningful work experience for new lawyers while serving the legal needs of low- and moderate-income clients.
A justice system strained by millions of unrepresented litigants requires new approaches to closing the justice gap. The launch pad and incubator models assist in providing services, but, more importantly, they help develop the solo practitioner and lawyer for the future.
Throughout its history, the ABA Judicial Division and its leaders have set the courts on the road to reform by working to improve the administration of justice and establishing the independence of the courts.
Unbundling services enables lawyers who serve those of modest means to expand their outreach to a broader base of potential clients. This overview explores the latest developments in unbundling, showcases how judges and court staff have worked for its acceptance, and recommends expanding unbundling to increase legal access.
Through the ABA’s Task Force on Legal Access Job Corps, law schools support their best students and graduates with public interest fellowship opportunities. Judges and courts have wisely embraced the chance to bring on board additional law clerks to meet the needs of a growing workload and diminishing resources.
New York’s chief judge explains how he has confronted the acute need for civil legal assistance. The New York judiciary’s work is part of a growing movement nationwide that recognizes the necessity of civil legal representation for the poor and near-poor to sustain a functioning legal system and protect equal justice for all.
Each fall, four extremely talented individuals begin the prestigious U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program. Hear from a recent Fellow about the unparalleled opportunities to observe and participate in the work of the federal judiciary at the highest level.
This article shares observations on the art, science, and idiosyncrasy of writing appellate decisions. While there are no crisp rules, be mindful of your audience, keep the introduction clean, incorporate structure and headings, avoid unintended consequences, and consider developing your own guide to style and preferences.
Increasingly, competing experts are offering opposing opinions on the reliability of determining the approximate location of a cell phone. In this article, Judge Dixon highlights the significant arguments by both sides and discusses the technology on which these arguments are based.
Given budget constraints and increasing family issues brought to the courts, innovation will be required to fulfill the obligations under Rule 2.5 of the 2007 Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Advisory opinions will be needed more than ever before to address this changing landscape.