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DIALOGUEWinter 2014
VOL. 17, NO. 2
News and Perspectives from the ABA Division for Legal Services
Pro Bono
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Identity Theft: A Low–Income Issue
By Sarah Dranoff

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, claiming more than 12 million victims in 2012, according to a recent report. Defined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as use of an individual's personal information without permission, identity theft is broader and more pervasive than many assume, and encompasses much more than access to credit. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Mary K. Ryan

In the wake of last October's National Celebration of Pro Bono, during which the ABA Center for Pro Bono counted almost 1000 separate Celebration events that took place throughout the U.S., I am thinking about the many events which we convene specifically to honor and celebrate the lawyers and law offices (or students and schools) who stand out as pro bono champions. Read more...

Q&A with Julia Wilson, Executive Director, OneJustice
By Steve Grumm, Director, ABA Resource Center for ATJ Initiatives

As Executive Director, Julia R. Wilson is responsible for leading OneJustice's statewide network of 100+ nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools and businesses that together provide life–changing legal assistance to over 270,000 low–income Californians each year. Read more...

2014 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference


Credit Unions and IOLTA: Why the Time May Be Right
By Steve Casey

Credit Unions have existed in the United States for more than one hundred years and today boast nearly 100 million members and hold over $1 trillion of member assets in more than 6,600 institutions nation–wide. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Penina Lieber

On February 6th and 7th, members of the IOLTA community braved the Chicago cold to attend the Winter IOLTA Workshops. Among the attendees, I was pleased to see and meet a number of trustees and new IOLTA directors. Read more...

Grantee Spotlight:
The Big Work of a Small State: South Dakota's Access To Justice, Inc.

By Cheryl Hanna

Access to Justice (A2J) is a statewide program incorporated by the State Bar of South Dakota in 2005 to: (1) Provide for the coordination of pro bono lawyers to assist poor citizens with their legal problems, thus providing access to justice for those lacking financial resources to hire a lawyer... Read more...

News and Notes

New IOLTA Director in Washington, D.C.
Kirra L. Jarratt was appointed Executive Director of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation in January 2014. Read more...


LRIS Ethics Q&A with Lish Whitson
By George Wolff

Last month, Ronald H. Abernethy (Napa County Public Defender, Napa, CA), a former Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service (SCLRIS) weighed in on The New Lawyer Referral Service–Client Privilege in California. Read more...

From the Chair...
By John Norwine

I am sure most of you thought that P. T. Barnum coined that phrase to describe his travelling circus back in the 1880's. While that may be true, today the greatest show on earth is the annual ABA National Lawyer Referral Workshop! Read more...

2014 National Lawyer Referral Workshop


Ripped Off! Troops in the Crosshairs of Commercial Predators
By Michael S. Archer

During thirty years as a uniformed judge advocate and civilian attorney for the Marine Corps, I have learned that our enlisted troops, at great risk to dangers overseas, are also in the crosshairs of commercial predators at home. Read more...

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

One of the priorities of the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) is to cultivate relationships with state and local bar association entities dedicated to supporting servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Read more...


Nominations Sought for 2014 Harrison Tweed Award

Named for an outstanding leader in the promotion of free legal services to the poor, the Harrison Tweed award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services to poor persons or criminal defense services to indigents. Read more...