CA Incubator Legal Help, Poverty+Modest Means Clients (Article on Legal Incubator and Training of attorneys and students)

“Even for people at the median income, most people cannot afford a lawyer,” he said.”

  • Goodwin Liu  Law professor:   Goodwin Hon Liu is an American lawyer, educator and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of CaliforniaWikipedia

Justice Goodwin Liu

Justice Goodwin Liu speaks at Incubator Project

Delivered at the first regional meeting of the Modest Means Incubator Projects on April 24, Liu’s words highlighted the challenges court users face in California, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The first of three such meetings scheduled this year, the event brought together representatives of legal aid foundations, MCLE providers, law schools and bar associations, to learn about incubator programs helping to bridge the justice gap – and to brainstorm ideas for starting others.

According to the American Bar Association, there are already roughly two dozen incubator or law school residency programs nationwide which help new lawyers obtain practical training while assisting clients of modest means. There are at least three such programs in California, a number that proponents hope to at least double through a series of Modest Means Incubator Projects meetings.

Three of our contributors will likely be working to help clients who cannot afford to pay for typical attorney fees.  Modest means usually indicates that the fees will be on a sliding scale.