Equal Justice Journal – June 29, 2015


Waking up on June 29
Waking up on June 29

Greeting and happy Monday, lords and ladies, from the unseasonably warm Teton Valley.  I will spare you my prefatory ramblings and pontifications, but here are five items I’ve flagged for your consideration before the straight ATJ news:

The ATJ news in very short:

  • The American Lawyer’s just-published “Special Report: The Justice Gap”
  • legal aid funding news from Boston, DC, NH, and WY
  • inaugural class of NY’s Pro Bono Scholars gets admitted
  • Rhode Island does some unbundling
  • pro bono patent law program launched to serve VT entrepreneurs, and some FL news
  • NYT op-ed: narrowing the justice gap by better using the supply of lawyers
  • a call to provide lawyers for all unaccompanied minors
  • the Aloha State’s annual ATJ conference
  • new research: the cost of seeking civil justice in Canada
  • music (x 3)!!!

The summaries:

  • State & city legal aid funding announcement potpourri:
  • 6.25.15 – “The first class of Pro Bono Scholars, a program that allows 3L students to spend their final semesters of law school working in the field, was sworn in this week.”  (New York Law Journal).  Here’s more on the Pro Bono Scholars program.
  • 6.22.15 -unbundled legal services OK’d in Rhode Island.  “The high court earlier this month cleared the way for lawyers to provide a limited scope of representation…for people representing themselves, as long as those services are reasonable and the litigant gives informed consent.  Lawyers must sign any pleadings that they help a client prepare and disclose extent of their role in the case.”  (Providence Journal)
  • 6.22.15 – pro bono patent law program in Vermont.  “A new program…will help inventors and small businesses to get donated legal services from patent attorneys. Burlington Generator is a space where…entrepreneurs can work…without having to invest in office space. Just the kind of folks who could benefit from a new program made possible by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. It requires the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to work with law associations to create programs to connect small businesses and inventors with patent attorneys willing to help them free of charge.” (WCAX coverage)
  • 6.17.15 – a New York Times op-ed by Citizen Advocacy Center founder Theresa Amato looks at the justice gap, notes that the problem is not an undersupply of lawyers, and proposes ways to connect more lawyers and service-innovators with underserved client populations.
  • 6.16.15 – “The U.S. government should guarantee legal representation to unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, end expedited processing of those children and families, and begin recognizing gang violence as a basis for asylum claims.  Those are among recommendations Tuesday by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 Jesuit law schools following a study of efforts to represent asylum seekers from Central America.” (National Law Journal)
  • 6.15.15 – Hawaii’s “Narrowing the Justice Gap” conference: “Leaders in Hawai‘i’s legal, judicial, business, academic and social services communities will examine ways to increase services to the state’s most vulnerable citizens as part of the day-long 2015 Access to Justice Conference, scheduled for Friday, June 19….” (U. Hawaii media release)
  • 6.10.15 – new research – “The Cost of Seeking Civil Justice in Canada”: “How much does it cost individual Canadians to seek civil justice? This article compiles empirical data about the monetary, temporal, and psychological costs confronting individual justice-seekers in this country…. [A]nalysis of private costs can improve access to justice in two ways. First, it can help public sector policy-makers to reduce these costs. Second, it can help lawyers and entrepreneurs to identify new…ways to reduce the costs that are most onerous to individuals with different types of civil legal need.”

Musics!!! Today there are three of them:

First, it’s Pearl Jam, and I’ve always loved their more bare-bones, punk stuff.  “The Fixer” is all energy:

Channeling the 80’s, here’s Slowdance with some advice for the fellas in “Boyfriend”:

Enough channeling.  Here’s the real thing from a recently-passed legend who always did have a knack for marrying New Orleans and Chicago sounds:


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