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Fall 2017

Vol. 20 No. 4  

Lawyer Referral

Legal Delivery

You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone! Two Programs That Help: The ABA’s Program of Assistance and Review and the ABA Lawyer Referral National Workshop

If your program is facing challenges, the ABA offers two programs dedicated to helping you meet those challenges and build the most effective LRIS program possible. Even if your service is not struggling or facing major challenges, you can still avail yourself of these programs to take your service to the next level by learning about recommended "best practices" for working internally with your bar association leadership or externally with your panel attorneys and the public.

Pro Bono

Pro Bono

Pro Bono: From the Chair

It's Thanksgiving in America. In Austin, Texas, a mother of twins, we'll call her Hannah, juggles kindergarten homework while reviewing the questions and answers asked on ABA Free Legal Answers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. She is thankful that the Texas Supreme Court allowed licensed lawyers from all over the country to perform pro bono work in Texas and marvels at the outpouring of support from lawyers throughout the United States.

Pro Bono

Medical-Legal Partnerships: Treating Legal Needs to Improve Health

Ten years ago, the ABA passed a resolution in support of medical-legal partnerships (MLP), a nationwide movement to provide legal remedies for social conditions that negatively affect individual and population health. The ABA's encouragement of the MLP approach is consistent with its historic interest in access to justice for the most vulnerable individuals, and in line with research about the detrimental effects that social and environmental factors can have on a person's health.

Pro Bono

Everyone Counts: Taking a Snapshot of Self-Represented Litigants in Miami-Dade

Last spring, The Florida Bar Foundation found a creative way to engage lawyers in some very meaningful pro bono work when it undertook an initiative to take a snapshot of self-represented litigants in Miami-Dade County. The project, called Everyone Counts, invited volunteer attorneys to observe proceedings in multiple courthouses on a single day throughout the county to assess the experience of litigants appearing in court without a lawyer.

Pro Bono

Telling Their Stories: Pro Bono Heroes Are More Than Their Awards

With the National Celebration of Pro Bono having just ended, I find myself thinking back to some of the pro bono heroes I've met recently: the recipients of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono's 2017 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards. As we see during each year's Celebration of Pro Bono, and throughout the year, there are a plethora of awards and recognitions offered at the national, statewide, local, and programmatic levels.



IOLTA: From the Chair

As I begin my term as Chair of the Commission on IOLTA, I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Judge Jim Hill, with whom I had the great pleasure of working as a member of the commission for the past year. Under Jim's leadership, the commission continued its successful collaboration with the National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP) to provide critical training, technical assistance, and resources to state IOLTA programs.


From Current State to Future State: Business Process Analysis as a Tool for Funders

IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts) funders are in a unique position to see the statewide civil legal aid delivery across programs. It can be daunting to know how to best use that information and influence to improve the access to justice system. This article provides one example of how business process analysis can be a tool for the big picture changes IOLTA program directors may be part of leading through their funding priorities and other initiatives.

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