Increasing Access: It must be Ethical
Over the next few days, I’m going to use this space to share the ideas that I shared at [the Vermont Law School Summer Lecture Series]. The ideas are limited to how the Rules of Professional Conduct can be used to increase access to legal services. Many other ideas exist and are worth discussing. However, they are beyond the scope of the ethics rules and, therefore, beyond the scope of this column. ...
Don’t get me wrong: many lawyers are providing top-notch work to clients who have little or no ability to pay. Among them, the staff attorneys at Vermont Legal Aid, LawLine of Vermont, and the Defender General’s office. Further, there are several excellent programs that are up & running. At the risk of excluding some, I’ll list a few off the top of my head:
◾Vermont Volunteer Lawyers’ Project
◾Chittenden Rent Escrow Clinic
◾Vermont Bar Foundation
◾VBA Modest Means Programs
◾VBA Pro Bono & Low Bono Programs