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Hunter Metcalf
Not all divorces are ugly. Shannon and Chris Neuman, a Canadian couple, recently finalized their divorce in Calgary, Alberta. The final consummation of their divorce: a selfie outside the courthouse. The ex-couple’s selfie is a celebration of the commitment that they have made, regardless of personal differences, to...
Hunter Metcalf
Navigating federal court without an attorney, self-represented ( pro se ) litigants are often lost “in a maze of procedural rules and arcane terminology,” regardless of the strength of their case. However, starting this past March, low-income self-represented litigants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...
Hunter Metcalf
In a recent article in the California Bar Journal , Judge Mark A. Juhas of the Los Angeles County Superior Court described the numerous benefits that unbundled legal services and limited scope representation provide those seeking access to the courts, especially as an increasing number of self-represented litigants...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
On August 20 and 21, the multidisciplinary Honoring Families Initiative (HFI) Advisory Committee convened in Denver. The meeting agenda included in-depth discussion of preliminary data collected over the last several months as part of the HFI Cases Without Counsel (CWC) project. Exploring how self-represented...
Hunter Metcalf
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) in Canada continues to build upon the important initial research conducted by Dr. Julie Macfarlane between 2011 and 2013. Although the original study is over, the group still receives input from people navigating the courts without legal representation. A new...
Hunter Metcalf
Washington's inaugural class of limited license legal technicians (LLLTs) have taken their initial test to become the first of their kind. Seven of the nine who took the state's LLLT exam passed and now face the next steps toward becoming licensed. Washington is the first state to allow such a legal position, which...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
A robust discussion continues in the United States about the need to improve the delivery of legal services. During the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services, participants explored ways to bridge the access-to-justice gap while staying ahead of the curve. Discussion points...
Robert P. Thompson
Can the 20th Century model of legal services delivery rise to the challenges and opportunities created by changes in society and the legal industry? And, can clients get the access to justice they deserve through the traditional models of legal representation? Those a but a few of the questions on tap for this week’s...

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