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DIALOGUEWinter 2013
VOL. 16, NO. 3
News and Perspectives from the ABA Division for Legal Services
Pro Bono
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Clear Rules and Good Communication are the Keys to Maximizing LRIS Income
By Charles J. Klitsch

As long as percentage fees have been in existence, LRIS directors have wrestled with the issue of panel members who fail to pay the money they owe on referred matters. Read more...

From the Chair...
By John Norwine

The benefits of last summer's LRIS Leadership Forum are still emerging. One of the ideas that first developed at the meeting was that the "brand promise" of lawyer referral ultimately rested with the individual panel attorney. Read more...

2013 National Lawyer Referral Workshop


Don't Forget Your Umbrella
By Gerry Singsen

Funding for civil legal services fluctuates as the economy rises and falls and as political preferences change. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Penina Lieber

Kudos to the Joint Meetings Committee on another round of outstanding workshops in Dallas on February 7th and 8th. Read more...

Grantee Spotlight:
Just Needing a Second Chance: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families' Alternative to Incarceration Program

By Shannon Willis Scruggs

"Howard" felt like the walls were closing in around him. He knew he was getting ready to face time behind bars. Read more...

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New York's Charity Corps Initiative Matches Pro Bono Counsel with Nonprofits in Need
By Lesley Rosenthal and Irina Tarsis

Charity Corps: Lawyers Helping Nonprofits is a joint initiative of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the New York State Attorney General's Office, matching volunteer attorneys with nonprofits unable to afford legal counsel. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Larry McDevitt

As many of you know, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) recently released a report of its Pro Bono Task Force. Read more...

2013 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference


Cook County's Effort to Provide a Veterans Track within the Domestic Violence Court for Chicago
By Carly Everett

Domestic violence is a serious public health concern among the veteran population, and our country cannot afford to ignore it or the veterans who require assistance overcoming serious mental issues resulting from combat. Read more...

From the Chair...
By David G. Ehrhart, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.)

As the new year has come and I look back at 2012, I continue to be impressed with the level of work put forth by the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. Read more...