We all want to make things better. We want to improve our law practices. We want to improve the legal profession. We want to improve our communities. Reinventing the Practice of Law explores ways in which lawyers can change their practices to make things better - for themselves, their clients and their neighborhoods. The book encourages lawyers to step out of the mold and consider how they can create better practices when providing personal legal services. This book offers a useful compendium of essays from nationally known lawyers describing how they have begun to make our legal system more accessible to moderate income clients. These distinquished authors address the practical, ethical, and business dimensions of new ways of providing legal advice and assistance.
You'll find assistance on:
-Ch. 1: Unbundling, by M. Sue Talia
-Ch. 2: The Lawyer as Peacemaker, by Forrest S. Mosten
-Ch. 3: Innovative Outreach and Niche Markets, by Will Hornsby
-Ch. 4: Online Legal Services, by Stephanie Kimbro and Richard Granat
-Ch. 5: Dollars and Sense: Fee Shifting, by Gerry Singsen, Joel Feldman, Michael A. O’Connor, and Kyle Dandelet
-Ch. 6: Network of Low Bono Attorneys, by Brenda Bratton Blom and Phillip Robinson
-Ch. 7, Part 1: Attorney Incubator Projects, by Fred P. Rooney
-Ch. 7, Part 2: Legal “Launch Pads,” by Judge Fern Fisher
-Ch. 8: Co-Pay Clinics, by Tracy Loynachan and April Faith-Slaker
This volume is chock full of practical advice for law firms seeking to chart a new course in the practice of law. Beyond the micro changes that individual practitioners can embrace, Reinventing the Practice of Law also details the benefits that result from changes at the community level. It examines the success of a project that creates a community-based network of lawyers and provides the tools and resources to support recently-admitted lawyers dedicated to practices advancing social justice. It then concludes with an analysis of non-profit co-pay law firms scattered around the country.
While readable by non-lawyers, great benefit can be had by lawyers who read this book and delve into its exploration of new ideas. Experimentation and reinvention may not have be the hallmark of the legal profession's to date, but it must be a part of our future. The book is essential reading for solo and small firm lawyers, for those concerned with preparing tomorrow's lawyers for sustainable and satisfying careers, and law firms that help everyday people deal with the legal problems of everyday life.
Now Available! Buy the Individual Chapters in PDF format!
Chapter 1 - Limited Scope Representation
Chapter 2 - The Lawyer as Peacemaker
Chapter 3 - The Client-Centered Practice: Innovative Outreach and Niche Markets
Chapter 4 - Serving Clients of Moderate Means with Online Legal Services
Chapter 5 - Dollars and Sense: Fee Shifting
Chapter 6 - A New Legal Service Hybrid: Increasing Access to Justice Through a Network of Low Bono Attorneys
Chapter 7 - Incubating Law Firms to Enhance Social Justice and Launch Pads: Law Graduates Providing Access to Justice
Chapter 8 - Co-Pay Clinics: An Option for Affordable Legal Services
What Others are Saying...
"Every lawyer in every practice setting will benefit from this exploration of new ideas. Experimentation and reinvention may not have been a large part of our profession's traditions, but it must be a part of our future." -James Calloway, Blogger, Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog
"(This book) provides a useful compendium of essays by nationally known lawyers describing how they have begun to make our legal system more accessible to moderate income clients. This volume is chock full of practical advice for lawyers seeking to chart a new course in the practice of law."
-Hon. Daniel M. Taubman, co-chair of the Colorado Bar Associations Modest Means Task Force
"...brings together in one volume in-depth descriptions of innovations in law practice that are increasing access to affordable, high quality personal legal services. The book is essential reading for solo and small firm lawyers, leaders of state access to justice efforts and legal profession and clinical law teachers ...a core resource in my courses on the legal needs of moderate income households and delivery of legal services."
-Jeanne Charn, director, Bellow-Sacks Access to Civil Legal Services Project, Harvard Law School