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Summer 2016

Vol. 19 No. 3  


Lawyer Referral

Legal Delivery

Growing a Small LRS Program: A Case Study of the New Haven LRS

When I joined the New Haven County Bar Association and took charge of its Lawyer Referral Service a few years ago, I had very little experience with the legal field. My background focused on communications and nonprofit management, so I was immediately intrigued by the unique challenge that all LRS staff face in operating a successful program: as a fee-generating program operating on a nonprofit budget, how does LRS effectively serve both clients and attorneys, then communicate that service to the wider community?

Pro Bono

Pro Bono

Doing Better Work by Working Better Together: Law Firms and Legal Services Surveyed on Successes and Challenges of the Pro Bono Relationship

On a mission to do more pro bono in the most effective way, we set out to survey and analyze what works and what doesn’t when legal services, nonprofit, and public defender organizations collaborate with law firms on pro bono. We set our sights high and tried to investigate and uncover both basic, day-to-day issues and systemic challenges.

Legal Aid

Access to Justice

2016 Harrison Tweed Award Winner

The District of Columbia Bar was presented with the 2016 Harrison Tweed Award during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco for the long-term excellence of its Pro Bono Center. This award, created in 1956, recognizes the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for those living in poverty or criminal defense services for indigents.

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