Delivery of Legal Services' Events & Webinars

Past Event Info & Materials

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2016-17

Tips and Tools for Ethical and Effective Law Firm Social Media Marketing

This ABA CLE webinar, sponsored in part by the Delivery Committee, took place on March 22, 2017. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat… so many ways to promote your practice and connect with potential clients, so little time! In fact, managing all of these profiles and platforms can be downright overwhelming. In this session, panelists discussed tips, trick, settings, and tools that help you stay on top of the big three – LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as well as what lawyers should keep in mind in terms of comporting with their Rules of Professional Conduct.

Incubator Boot Camp: Tools for New Lawyers Looking to Go Solo 2017

This free Practicing Law Instititute (PLI) training took place February 27, 2017, and was for law students, new graduates, attorneys participating in incubator programs, and attorneys or students interested in developing a solo practice. Tailored to benefit lawyers who want to create sustainable practices serving a modest means population, topics included learning how to set up a firm, practicing ethically, and handling firm finances.

2017 Self-Represented Litigation Network Conference

This conference took place February 23 and 24, 2017, in affiliation with the Judicial Council of California's Family Law Facilitator and Self-Help Center Conference. It was a two-day in-person national conference for lawyers, judges, clerks of court, self-help services professionals, librarians, technologists, funders and other allied professionals to explore and develop successful strategies and new thinking for providing 100% access to justice. 

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Collaborative Law and Interdisciplinary Team Collaborative Practice

This ABA webinar took place January 18, 2017. It was a short introduction to collaborative law as it is actually being practiced in the U.S and Canada. The program presented the basic elements of collaborative law and interdisciplinary team collaborative practice, along with discussion of key best practices and ethical concerns associated with helping clients make informed divorce process choices. The Uniform Collaborative Law Act/Rules were mentioned, as was the third edition of the ABA book, Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation, and applicable international standards and ethics.

How to Start a Virtual Law Practice

This ABA webinar took place December 14, 2016. Virtual law practices remain all the rage for attorneys who are looking to jump start a new practice - or modernize an existing one - utilizing modern technology and best practices. Really, we when talk 'virtual,' we are talking about mobility and accessibility. How can you serve your clients from anywhere without being tied to a traditional office space? And, how can your clients obtain high quality, but affordable, services? This webinar introduced registrants to the concept of a virtual law practice and gave the nuts and bolts of setting one up, including technology options. Speakers also talked about how you can grow your team without taking on W-2 employees. Finally, there was an open discussion on the benefits and challenges of a truly mobile practice. 

Limited Scope Representation: When Less is More

The Illinois State Bar Association hosted this conference on October 13, 2016, with the description as follows: The Illinois Supreme Court amended its rules in 2013 to allow attorneys to enter limited scope appearances in civil cases and to make it easier for attorneys to provide unbundled services to their clients. Even so, many attorneys remain hesitant to incorporate limited scope representation into their practices. Join us for a look at how limited scope representation can benefit both attorneys and clients, the best practices and ethical considerations in limited scope, and how attorneys are using limited scope representation in their daily practices. The need for pro bono services in Illinois and the availability of limited scope pro bono opportunities are also discussed. This program was available at no cost to attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year.

2016 SRLN Equal Justice Pre-Conference: Remote Services for Self-Represented Litigants

Attendees of this April 27, 2016 event previewed the Resource Guide on Serving Self-Represented Litigants Remotely which describes remote services, analyzes the business practices of eight states, and identifies the equipment and staffing components of each program. The Guide also describes the outreach efforts of each site to involve justice system and community entities in meeting the needs of self-represented litigants.

Georgetown IRON TECH LAWYER Competition – Access to Justice

Iron Tech Lawyer is a competition held at Georgetown Law at which student teams present apps built in our Technology, Innovation, and Law Practice course. Students appear before a panel of judges and compete for prizes in Excellence in Design, and Iron Tech Lawyer, best all-around app. The most recent competetion was held April 27, 2016 and the winner was iHeal: Immigration Healthcare Eligibility Application Liaison.  

The Future Is Now: Innovative Client-Centric Strategies for Building Your Legal Practice Today

From the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section & The Chicago Bar Foundation, this April 15, 2016 seminar provided practical, innovative strategies for engaging and retaining more clients through more choice and flexibility in ways that resonate with client expectations. Speakers demonstrated discussed legal health check-ups, alternative compensation models and emerging delivery models such as unbundling, nonprofit law firms, the role of technology and more. 

Legal Tech Innovators Showcase

This was a special pre-TECHSHOW event for demo tables featuring thirty of the hottest new legal tech companies to celebrate TECHSHOW’s 30th anniversary. Expert investors and experienced tech companies shared their ideas on the Next Big Thing in Legal Tech, plus a startup pitch session with feedback. The event was held on March 15, 2016. 

The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016

This conference, which was held on April 6, 2016, was co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.  The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016  brought lawyers together to consider and discuss innovations in the delivery of legal services to foster learning, inspiration and conversations that matter.

2014-15

Law a la Carte: Limited Scope Practicing for Low and Moderate Income Clients

This live broadcast from NYC to the New York State Bar Association took place on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 and presented panel discussions on best practices for effectively and ethically operating limited scope pro bono programs and a limited scope law practice serving low and moderate-income individuals. Click here for materials. 

Client-Centric Legal Services: Getting from Here to There

This conference, which took place August 14-15 in Denver, focused on pivoting practitioners into 21st Century problem-solvers by enhancing engagement and exploring better client-centric compensation methods and innovative delivery models. Learn more and access conference materials here.

Sponsored by:

  • ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force
  • ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS)

2015 Hackcess to Justice Hackathon

(October 25, 2015)

This Hackcess to Justice Hackathon was presented by the ABA Journal and the North Carolina Bar Association and called upon competitors to use their legal, entrepreneurial, coding and other skills to help North Carolina’s legal aid community by creating a technology-enabled solution for the numerous challenges faced by citizens who cannot afford a lawyer and the lawyers trying to serve them. Learn about the winner, N.C. Farmworkers' App here.  

National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services
(May 2-4, 2015)

Videos of several presentations from the National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services are now available here. The Summit, held in early May, was co-sponsored by the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and Stanford University School of Law. See the related ABA Journal article here.  

Georgetown Iron Tech Lawyer Competition
(April 22, 2015)

Iron Tech Lawyer is a competition held at Georgetown Law where student teams present apps built in the school’s Technology Innovation and Law Practice practicum to a panel of judges. 

Hackcess to Justice...an Access to Justice Hackathon(March 21-22, 2015)


In an effort to help Louisiana’s legal aid community, the ABA Journal  and the Louisiana State Bar asked participants of this event to create a technology-enabled solution for the numerous challenges faced by citizens who cannot afford a lawyer and the lawyers trying to serve them. 

Enhancing Social Justice Through the Development of Incubators and Residency Programs II (February 27-28, 2015)

The California Western School of Law hosted the follow-up to the April 2014 event of the same name. Attendees got the latest developments on creating and operating incubators and residency programs as well as developments on access to justice and the delivery of legal services.

NAMATI Justice Prize (deadline for applications was February 28th, 2015)

BRAC, World Justice Project and the UN Development Programme launched a prize to reward impact, sustainability and innovation in the field of legal empowerment. A prize fund of $17,000 was available for organizations and individuals putting the law in people’s hands to tackle poverty, injustice or other social problems.

USEFP Fulbright Talk, "Using Incubators to Increase Access to Justice in the US and Pakistan" (February 12, 2015 6-7pm)

Fred Rooney discussed how incubators in the US and Pakistan can help new lawyers create community practices to address unmet legal needs.

Ethics of Unbundling Legal Services

ALPS hosted a webinar on September 20, 2014, featuring Stephanie Kimbro, who provided an intro to unbundling and an overview of different unbundling methods, as well as spoke on competent representation, ethics opinions, case studies, best practices and more.

Hackcess to Justice 2014

Hackcess to Justice (presented by the ABA Journal and partners) was a two-day, judged hackathon where attendees were challenged to devise a technology-enabled solution to improve access to justice.

2nd Regional Meeting: Modest Means Incubator Projects in Los Angeles (June 10, 2014)

The California Commission on Access to Justice hosted its 2nd regional meeting for the Modest Means Incubator Project on Tuesday, June 10 at the State Bar of California Office in Los Angeles.

You’re LAR Certified; So, Now What? (May 15, 2014)

This Boston Bar Association event featured Stephanie Kimbro who discussed limited assistance representation, including marketing, search engine optimization, establishing a brand, and best practices for minimizing ethics and malpractice issues.

Expanding Your Practice With Limited Scope Representation - Brown Bag Session (May 14, 2014)

This ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division event featured M. Sue Talia, a nationally recognized expert on limited scope representation.

Self-Represented Litigation Network Pre-Conference (April 30, 2014)

This pre-conference session, which was held just before the Equal Justice Conference, focused on SRLN developments and initiatives, among other topics.

1st Regional Meeting: Modest Means Incubator Projects in California (April 24, 2014)

Hosted by the California Commission on Access to Justice, this meeting focused on legal incubators to address the modest means justice gap; attendees were able to meet and collaborate with key stakeholders as well as learn about funding opportunities.

Enhancing Social Justice Through The Development of Incubators & Residency Programs (April 3 - 4, 2014)

A conference that addressed the opportunities and challenges institutions face in the conceptualization, design and implementation of successful incubators and residency programs.

University of South Dakota School of Law Rural Practice Symposium (March 20-21, 2014)

A discussion about the rapidly declining number of attorneys in rural areas across the nation.

Wyoming Center for Legal Aid - CLE on Limited Scope Representation (March 20, 2014)

A CLE session designed for attorneys who would like to learn more about limited scope representation or unbundling of legal services.

WEBCAST Legal Lunchbox Series: Creative Ways to Provide Legal Services to Meet Changing Client Needs (February 25th, 2014)

A CLE session from the Washington State Bar Association that discussed creative ways to provide legal services to meet changing client needs.

2013

The Ethics of Unbundled Services

On May 15th, 2013 the Pro Bono Institute hosted a webinar on the ethics of unbundled legal services and pro bono.

Tomorrow's Lawyer with Richard Susskind

Presented by Suffolk University Law School's New Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation, Richard Susskind gave a lecture on April 18th, 2013.

The Georgetown Iron Tech Lawyer Contest

The annual Georgetown Iron Tech contest was held on April 17th, 2013 at 1:30pm.

2013 Wisconsin Equal Justice Conference

The Wisconsin Equal Justice Conference was held on March 8, 2013 in Madison at the UW Pyle Center. This biannual event was developed by the State Bar’sLegal Assistance Committeeas a way to bring together people committed to expanding equal justice under law for low income and disadvantaged Wisconsin residents who face civil legal issues.

2012

2012 National Lawyer Referral Workshop

The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service hosted a workshop in Las Vegas, NV on October 24-27, 2012 to foster peer interaction and learning on the most important programmatic and substantive issues affecting the delivery of legal service through the lawyer referral program model.

2012 Futures Conference

The College of Law Practice Management and Georgetown Law hosted the 2012 Futures Conference on October 26-27 at the Georgetown Law Center.

Workshop on Empirical Approaches to Access to Justice

A two-day workshop on empirical approaches to access to justice was held in Chicago on December 7-8, 2012. The workshop brought together scholars and practitioners from many perspectives to identify and explore access to justice research needs.

Legal Ethics 2012

On October 11 in Milwaukee, WI a program was held to address the changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct being considered by the American Bar Association and to identify how these changes should be handled in the state of Wisconsin.

2012 Law Via the Internet Conference

Over 300 of the world's leading advocates of open legal access across gathered for the 2012 Law Via the Internet Conference, held in the United States for the first time. The conference was held at Cornell Law School on October 7-9.

Third Civil Justice Reform Summit

On September 20th and 21st in Denver, IAALS hosted its Third Civil Justice Reform Summit. For a full agenda of the event, click here.

PLI CLE: Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation

CLE seminar on ethical issues in California Pro Bono Representation took place on September 6, 2012 in San Francisco. Delivery models, such as limited scope representation were discussed.

ABA Annual: Delivering "Unbundled Legal Services" Over the Internet

The ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services offered a CLE panel discussion about delivering unbundled legal services online. The CLE took place on Friday, August 3rd, from 3-4:30.

University of Kansas Law School and KU Continuing Education: CLE Session on Limited Scope Representation

Two-day continuing education program provided CLE sessions, including a session on the ethics of limited scope representation in Kansas. Clinical Professor Suzanne Valdez discussed the pilot projects that allow lawyers to provide unbundled legal services in certain types of cases.

Stanford Law School Speaker Series: Unbundling and the Future of Legal Service Delivery

On May 2, 2012 Stanford Law School's CodeX Speaker Series offered a presentation by Stephanie Kimbro on technologies and trends in web-based unbundled legal service delivery. A video of the presentation can be viewedhere.

ALI-ABA CLE: Alternative Fee Arrangements

On April 19, 2012 ALI-ABA sponsored a continuing legal education program addressing alternative fee arrangements. To purchase the program, visit the ALI-ABA site.

2011 and Earlier

Utah State Bar Online Seminar: Limited Scope Representation Training

The Utah State Bar originally offered the program on October 2, 2009. Now available as an online seminar, the program is designed to train lawyers on how to use limited scope representation in private practice. To purchase the program, visit the Utah State Bar CLE Catalog.

Massachusetts CLE: Building Your Practice with Limited Assistance Representation

Originally offered by Massachusetts CLE in November 2009, the program teaches attorneys how use limited assistance representation to expand their client base. The program is available on audio CD and can be purchased from the MCLE site.

New Hampshire Bar Association Online CLE
The New Unbundling Rules

Originally offered in May 2006, the online program introduces the New Hampshire rules that enable unbundling. The program addresses how the rules expand the reach of legal services by developing new models using unbundling in litigation, while also expanding private practice markets to clients in need of unbundled legal services. It also includes checklists for compliance, as well as forms and other resources, for attorneys who would like to offer unbundled legal services. Visit the New Hampshire CLE Catalog to purchase the program.

Missouri Bar CLEtoGo
Unbundling of Legal Services: Limiting the Scope of Representation after Changes to Rule 4

Part of the 2008 Family Law Conference, the program was originally offered in August 2008. Available now as an audio download, the program covers the changes to Missouri rules that now permit unbundling. The program includes a guide for family lawyers who would like to offer unbundled legal services. To purchase the program, visit the Missouri Bar CLE Catalog.

Utah State Bar Online Seminar: Limited Scope Representation Training

The Utah State Bar originally offered the program on October 2, 2009. Now available as an online seminar, the program is designed to train lawyers on how to use limited scope representation in private practice. To purchase the program, visit the Utah State Bar CLE Catalog.

Massachusetts CLE: Building Your Practice with Limited Assistance Representation

Originally offered by Massachusetts CLE in November 2009, the program teaches attorneys how use limited assistance representation to expand their client base. The program is available on audio CD and can be purchased from the MCLE site.

New Hampshire Bar Association Online CLE 
The New Unbundling Rules

Originally offered in May 2006, the online program introduces the New Hampshire rules that enable unbundling. The program addresses how the rules expand the reach of legal services by developing new models using unbundling in litigation, while also expanding private practice markets to clients in need of unbundled legal services. It also includes checklists for compliance, as well as forms and other resources, for attorneys who would like to offer unbundled legal services. Visit the New Hampshire CLE Catalog to purchase the program.

Missouri Bar CLEtoGo 
Unbundling of Legal Services: Limiting the Scope of Representation after Changes to Rule 4

Part of the 2008 Family Law Conference, the program was originally offered in August 2008. Available now as an audio download, the program covers the changes to Missouri rules that now permit unbundling. The program includes a guide for family lawyers who would like to offer unbundled legal services. To purchase the program, visit the Missouri Bar CLE Catalog.

Utah State Bar Online Seminar 
2007 Fall Forum: Unbundling Legal Services

The State Bar of Utah originally offered the program in November 2007. Now available as an online seminar, the program provides an overview of unbundled legal services. To purchase the seminar, visit the CLE Catalog.

PLI On-Demand Web Program 
Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation 2009

Released in April 2009, the program provides an introduction to the rapidly changing practice of limited scope representation in a family law context, including all the fee agreements, forms and other materials needed to practice limited scope representation competently, safely and profitably. To view the program, offered at no cost, click here.

PLI On-Demand Web Program 
Protecting the Rights of Homeowners with Limited Scope Representation 2009

Released in June 2009, the program provides a technical background to the field of homeowner association law as well as the practical skills to use limited scope representation to assist homeowners who would otherwise be without competent legal assistance. The program offers best practices, risk management materials, fee agreements and other materials designed to set up a limited scope representation practice from scratch. To view the program, offered at no cost, click here.

Los Angeles County Bar Association 
Are Lawyers Unbundling in a Frigid Economy

Provided by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, "Are Lawyers Unbundling in a Frigid Economy" examines unbundled legal services in the context of the recession. The program identifies the professional and ethical obligations related to unbundling and the procedures necessary to ensure the client receives competent representation. To purchase the program, visit theLaw.com CLE Center.

State Bar of California Webinar 
Limited Scope Representation: Doing It Safely

The State Bar of California originally offered "Limited Scope Representation: Doing It Safely" in September 2003. Now available as a webinar through the Online Catalog, the program covers information on ethical and malpractice issues related to limited scope representation. The session includes ethics opinions, forms, office tools, sample retainer letters and risk management materials for attorneys who practice limited scope representation. Visit theOnline Catalog to purchase the program.

Alaska Bar Association DVD 
Unbundled Legal Services: Creating a Profit Center Using Limited Scope Representation in Your Civil Practice

Originally offered in October 2007, the Alaska Bar Association CLE program provides an overview of limited scope representation. In addition, the program also covers information on ethical rules, screening clients, risk management issues, and marketing a limited scope practice. The entire program is available for purchase on DVD, while course materials only may be downloaded free of charge. To download materials or to purchase the program, visit the CLE Catalog.

North Carolina Bar Association Book Chapter 
Limited Scope Representation

Published in November of 2008, following the 31st Annual Bankruptcy Institute, "Limited Scope Representation" offers insight into common pitfalls and good practices that should be employed when offering limited scope representation. To purchase the chapter, visit the North Carolina CLE Catalog.