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FEBRUARY 2014 - Civil Justice Strategies
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INVITATION TO APPLY TO NEW CIVIL JUSTICE STRATEGIES TASK FORCE 


Application Deadline:  February 3, 2014

The State Bar invites you to apply to the new Civil Justice Strategies Task Force or encourage applications from other potential candidates. The application deadline is Feb. 3. 

The task force, which was recently approved by the State Bar Board of Trustees, will analyze the reasons for and potential solutions to the existing "justice gap” – the gap between the need for civil legal assistance by low- and moderate-income Californians and the level of resources available to meet that need. 

The task force will seek the input of groups that have long struggled to expand access to justice. The task force will analyze which efforts have worked and which have not been as successful as hoped, study creative solutions being considered in other states and other countries, and develop a proposed action plan for consideration by the Board of Trustees that includes recommendations appropriate for the legal profession.

A series of public hearings will be held over the next few months to obtain input from a broad range of stakeholders, particularly those who may be able to suggest creative solutions. The draft action plan will then be circulated widely for public comment. 

Members of the 20-person task force will be chosen from the following categories: State Bar Board of Trustees, current and former members; Law Firms, including both large firms and solo or small firms; Public Sector, including legal services programs and self-help centers, as well as the broader nonprofit/consumer community; Modest Means Legal Services Providers; Bar Associations/Lawyer Referral Services; Public Members; Academic Representation, including faculty, staff or board members

To apply, send a letter describing your interest in the task force, along with a resume or brief biographical information and three letters of support. Please also indicate the category for which you wish to apply. 

In your letter, please address:

-What skills, interests and activities make you particularly well-suited for analyzing the "justice gap” and proposing creative and workable solutions.
-The work of the task force is anticipated to start as early as March 2014 and continue through late summer and early fall. It will involve possible travel to public hearings and to the State Bar’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices (travel expenses will be paid by the State Bar). Please indicate your ability to accept such an assignment this year. 

Send your application to Sarah Chanrasmi, Program Coordinator, Office of Legal Services, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105, sarah.chanrasmi@calbar.ca.gov. 
Application Deadline:  February 3, 2014

The State Bar invites you to apply to the new Civil Justice Strategies Task Force or encourage applications from other potential candidates. The application deadline is Feb. 3. 

The task force, which was recently approved by the State Bar Board of Trustees, will analyze the reasons for and potential solutions to the existing "justice gap” – the gap between the need for civil legal assistance by low- and moderate-income Californians and the level of resources available to meet that need. 

The task force will seek the input of groups that have long struggled to expand access to justice. The task force will analyze which efforts have worked and which have not been as successful as hoped, study creative solutions being considered in other states and other countries, and develop a proposed action plan for consideration by the Board of Trustees that includes recommendations appropriate for the legal profession.

A series of public hearings will be held over the next few months to obtain input from a broad range of stakeholders, particularly those who may be able to suggest creative solutions. The draft action plan will then be circulated widely for public comment. 

Members of the 20-person task force will be chosen from the following categories: State Bar Board of Trustees, current and former members; Law Firms, including both large firms and solo or small firms; Public Sector, including legal services programs and self-help centers, as well as the broader nonprofit/consumer community; Modest Means Legal Services Providers; Bar Associations/Lawyer Referral Services; Public Members; Academic Representation, including faculty, staff or board members

To apply, send a letter describing your interest in the task force, along with a resume or brief biographical information and three letters of support. Please also indicate the category for which you wish to apply. 

In your letter, please address:

-What skills, interests and activities make you particularly well-suited for analyzing the "justice gap” and proposing creative and workable solutions.
-The work of the task force is anticipated to start as early as March 2014 and continue through late summer and early fall. It will involve possible travel to public hearings and to the State Bar’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices (travel expenses will be paid by the State Bar). Please indicate your ability to accept such an assignment this year. 

Send your application to Sarah Chanrasmi, Program Coordinator, Office of Legal Services, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105, sarah.chanrasmi@calbar.ca.gov



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