The winner of the 2018 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access is the Chicago Bar Foundation for its unique dedication to increasing legal services for those of modest means. This year, the Committee is also recognizing two nominees with Meritorious Recognition, the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal and Chi City Legal. The winner of the public choice Brown Select Award is the Rural Law Opportunities Program, a partnership between the University of Nebraska College of Law, Chadron State College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Wayne State College.
In 2017, the ABA surveyed lawyers about their use of and attitudes toward unbundled legal services. Over 34,000 private practitioners from 25 states participated, while actual response rates vary from question to question. Click here to access an infographic displaying some of the results, including the percentage of caseloads dedicated to unbundling, reasons why some lawyers don't unbundle, experiences from lawyers who do unbundle and what would encourage more unbundling.
NEWS & BAR JOURNAL ARTICLES A collection of developments in moderate-income delivery as well as bar journal articles and blog posts on topics related to the mission of the Committee.
Upcoming events, event archives and recorded webinars.
Click here to access materials and a recap of conference tweets from "Better Access through Unbundling, From Ideation to Implementation."
UNBUNDLING RESOURCE CENTER Rules, cases, ethics opinions and more to help lawyers, bar leaders, the judiciary, court administrators, scholars and the media better understand and critically analyze the issues involved with limited scope representation, aka unbundling.
ONLINELEGAL CHECKUPS To help people recognize when their problems have legal solutions and become aware of the resources available to resolve those problems. Currently in development.
YEAR IN REVIEW REPORT Released annually to chronicle the work of the Delivery Committee and others who share a commitment to advancing access for those of moderate income. It highlights relevant articles, initiatives, policy, models and more.
LEGAL INCUBATORS Enabling newly-admitted lawyers to launch successful and sustainable practices that provide affordable legal services. This site provides a directory of programs, profiles of the programs, latest developments and other resources. SAVE THE DATE for the next annual incubator conference taking place April 12-14, 2018 at the Georgia State University College of Law.
LOUIS M. BROWN AWARD Presented annually to programs and projects that advance access to legal services for those of moderate incomes in ways that are exemplary and replicable. BROWN SELECT goes to thenominee that gets the most votes from the general public. 2018 Award nominations are now being accepted. Nominations are due December 5, 2017.
THE ROADMAP TO ACCESS - Where Ideas Become Change A coalition dedicated to improving access to legal services through changes in policies, procedures and systems designs. Formerly known as the Blueprint Project.
REINVENTING THE PRACTICE OF LAW, edited by Luz Herrera A book that explores ways in which lawyers can change their practices to make things better - for them- selves, their clients and their neighborhoods. Available in print, eBook and by chapter.
SLIDING-SCALE & ALTERNATIVE FEE ARRANGEMENTS Resources such as articles and toolkits that aim to familiarize lawyers with alternatives to the traditional billable hour.
LINKS TO LAWYERS The ABA House of Delegates approved Resolution 114 at the 2016 Annual Meeting calling upon those that provide online legal forms to the public to include clear and conspicuous links to lawyers or lawyer referral services.
AFFORDABLE LEGAL SERVICES: Notable initiatives in the delivery of legal services designed to make legal services more readily available to people of average means. Includes a directory of (often) sliding-scale non-profit law firms.