Project to Revise ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor
Monday, April 04, 2005
- ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
Project to Revise ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor (1986)
The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) has launched an effort to revise the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor. Much has changed since the current standards were last revised nearly two decades ago - the delivery system has seen fundamental realignment; new funder restrictions on program activities have become more common, the model ethical rules for lawyers have been amended, technology has become a key delivery tool and many other developments have occurred. SCLAID hopes to have revisions completed so that new Standards can be adopted as ABA policy in 2006.
SCLAID has created a Task Force of representatives of interested groups within the legal services community to provide advice and guidance in revising the Standards. John Tull has been retained as the Reporter for this project, reprising the role he played for the 1986 Standards. The Task Force wishes to receive comments and suggestions from all interested persons and groups concerning the Standards.
Details Available on the Web
The current standards and information about the work of the Task Force (including how to submit comments) are available on a web page created for the project: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/sclaid/civilstandards.html
Comments can also be submitted at hearings to be held by the Task Force:
May 7, 2005 - 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.; Austin, TX (Equal Justice Conference)
June 3, 2005 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m (tentative); San Francisco, CA (Statewide Legal
Your comments and suggestions are invited!