Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services

The ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services has the mandate to improve access to lawyers and legal services for those of moderate incomes – those who do not qualify for legal aid yet lack the resources for full legal representation.

2019 Brown Award

2019 Brown Award

Nominations Are Now Open!

Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2018. The award is presented annually to programs and projects that advance access to legal services for those of moderate incomes in ways that are exemplary and replicable.

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Lawyers' Use of and Attitudes Toward Unbundling - Results from a 2017 ABA Survey

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. Also, see the recently released article, Unbundled Legal Services: At the tipping-point? which discusses the survey results and also gives a detailed history of the emergence and advocacy of unbundling and examples of unbundling initiatives.

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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.

Informational Report to the House of Delegates

Unbundled Legal Services: The Win-Win-Win Model for Improving Access to Legal Services

Unbundling has been a tool to better deliver legal services since the 1990s, when California family law practitioner Forrest “Woody” Mosten coined the term and became its alpha advocate. Woody brought this model to both the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (Delivery Committee) as a committee member and IAALS as an advisor.

Online Legal 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.

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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 the nominee that gets the most votes from the general public.

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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.

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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 themselves, their clients and their neighborhoods. Available in print, eBook and by chapter.

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Sliding-Scale and Alternative Fee Arrangements

Resources such as articles and toolkits that aim to familiarize lawyers with alternatives to the traditional billable hour.

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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.

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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.

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