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DIALOGUESpring 2010
VOL. 14, NO. 2
News and Perspectives from the ABA Division for Legal Services
Pro Bono
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Judicial Promotion of Pro Bono: A New Frontier
By Jamie Hochman-Herz, Assistant Committee Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and Andrew N. Monson

Judges, by virtue of their position, are viewed as leaders in both the legal community and the community at large. As a result, the judiciary possesses a unique ability to promote access to justice. Read more...

From the Chair...
By A. Michael Pratt

In the context of efforts to reform America’s health care system, lawyers have an opportunity to play a vital role by working with healthcare professionals to ensure the best outcomes for patients. Read more...

Deferred Law Firm Associates in Public Service Placements
By Steven Grumm

In a phenomenon driven by the economic recession, law firm associates whose 2009 start dates were deferred have taken temporary public-service placements in nonprofit and government law offices across the country.  Read more...

Policy News

Georgia Supreme Court Rules Permit Out-of-State-Attorneys to Participate in Pro Bono Activities
On December 2, 2009, Part XX, Extended Public Services Program, Rules 114-120, of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia took effect. Read more...

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Oregon State Bar Promotes LRIS with 30-Second Law School
By George D. Wolff

Beginning in October 2009 and continuing through January 2010, the Oregon State Bar’s Communications Department, which promotes the programs and goals of the Bar and its LRIS, had great success running a public service announcement campaign on cable television. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Sheldon Warren

When you have been working with the ABA's LRIS Standing Committee as long as I have, it is easy to forget (or take for granted) the products and services available to local lawyer referral and information services from the ABA. Read more...

Off to Campus: Raising Student and Staff Awareness of LRIS Programs
By Charles J. Klitsch

Lawyer referral service directors looking for ways to expand into additional markets would do well to consider their local colleges and universities. Read more...

2010 LRIS Workshop - October 27-30 - Portland, Oregon

This is the only national Workshop designed for public-service Lawyer Referral managers and bar leaders. Read more...

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From the Chair...
By Richard T. Cassidy

The mission of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is, simply put, to expand access to legal services for those of moderate income. Read more...

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Testing the Waters: Social media in IOLTA programs
By Kimberly Schmitt

As IOLTA programs throughout the country continue to tread water in this economy plagued by low interest rates, it is refreshing to know that the newest ways to communicate with your audiences and build relationships are free. Read more...

From the Chair...
By Lora J. Livingston

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Joint Meetings and Training Committee of the Commission on IOLTA and the National Association of IOLTA Programs for producing excellent sessions at the Winter 2010 IOLTA Workshops in Orlando. Read more...

Grantee Spotlight: Answering the Call - Delaware’s Legal Help Link
By Janine Howard-O’Rangers

On a cold Monday morning in January, second and third year law students at Widener University’s School of Law make their way to the Honorable Philip D. Cloutier Public Service Wing. Read more...

News and Notes

Revenue Enhancement
On January 28, 2010, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an order adopting IOLTA rate comparability, effective July 1, 2010. Read more...

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Financial Support for Military Dependants - Service Regulations
By Michael S. Archer and CPT Tricia L. Birdsell

Lawyers on either side of a domestic dispute over military pay or military dependent support payments would do well to master the applicable service regulations. Read more...

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Updated: 05/13/2010

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