How can small law practices (e.g., solo practitioners, lawyers in rural communities, small firm lawyers, etc.) sustainably represent those who do not have access to legal services?
Carolyn Elefant points out that solo and small-firm lawyers “already do more than nearly any other sector to make legal services available to ordinary folks.”
Message to ABA – if you truly wants to expand access, then impose the responsibility for it on everyone. Why not tithe big law partners, force #newlaw companies to offer a certain percentage of their forms and dial-up advice services free and bus law professors down to the court houses to man the pro se desks during the 20-something hours a week that they’re not teaching in the classroom? We solos and smalls do enough already. If you make us do more, we may not survive much longer.
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