The University of Wisconsin System

Women’s Studies Consortium Outreach Program

January 26, 2000

Mr. Sherwin P. Simmons
Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice
Center for Professional Responsibility
American Bar Association
541 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611-3314

Dear Mr. Simmons:

I wish to endorse the idea of multi-disciplinary practice in the legal practice. This would be an excellent mechanism for delivering legal services to the poor, for example, in ways that are integrated with other relevant needs of such clients.

Nationwide, integrated Job Centers are seen as the most productive ways to deliver services to this population. As they now stand, these Centers offer services that range from health care to child care to job listings to training to application for other benefits and services. This is being done because the poor often find it difficult to travel to several different sites for the various services involved. It would be wonderful if legal services could also be provided in such a setting.

As these integrated Job Centers become more commonplace, they are coming to serve not only the poor, but other job seekers as well. Thus, such an availability could come to serve a broader spectrum of our citizenry. It seems that this is a concept that is well-suited to the lifestyles and realities of our new century.

I wish you the best in your endeavor. Please let me know if I can provide additional assistance.


Ann Statham
Institute Director and Professor