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Access to Justice: Ideas and Business Models

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The process of creating and implementing new business models, for businesses, for nonprofits, for libraries, and for the legal profession, begins with discussing and examining new ideas.

The new biz model might be a Virtual Law Office or it might be a new idea, or germ of an idea, on providing legal services to people who can’t afford to hire lawyers:

Here’s a suggestion about the latter, and to paraphrase John Gear, if you don’t think that there is great demand for people who need but can’t afford lawyers, hang around a legal aid office (or ask a public law librarian):

Oregon State Bar (OSB) Bulletin, January 2011,Parting Thoughts: Rethinking Bar Admissions,” by John Gear

Excerpt: “…a new website, http://orprobonostudent.org. Jointly created by the Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Committee, Lewis & Clark Law School, the University of Oregon School of Law, and Willamette University College of Law, to:

…help Oregon attorneys connect with students from the state’s three law schools to help with pro bono work. Attorneys receive capable assistance that allows the attorneys to offer more complex legal services for free. Law students receive an opportunity to gain real-world experience while helping the underprivileged obtain desperately needed legal services. Together, attorneys and law students are working to pass on the commitment to pro bono and to ensure that no one in Oregon lacks a voice in the legal system.

Great idea! But wait, is the scarcity of pro bono services in Oregon because Oregon lawyers don’t know that eager law students are available through the law schools?…” (Link to full article.)

Link to the Oregon Pro Bono Student Network.