Professional Responsibility and the Availability of Legal Services

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Nebraska Law Review, Vol: 51, Issue: 3, Page: 502

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Lewis, Stephen H.
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Lawyers for People of Moderate Means, by Barlow F. Christenson, presents some of the problems of making legal services available to a greater number of people. The wealthy have no difficulty in obtaining counsel, and legal services are available to the poor through various legal aid programs, but people who are unable to qualify for legal aid but who cannot afford the services of an attorney must go without one. Christenson suggests methods to increase the efficiency of the private attorney's practice and thus reduce the cost of legal service. He also suggests alternatives to the traditional private practice, such as the use of group legal services, better lawyer referral programs, and experimentation with various types of specialized law offices for people of moderate means. The author suggests three types of special legal offices for people of moderate means. In summary, Lawyers for People of Moderate Means was written for the practicing bar and not academicians. It was written with the expressed hope that the legal profession can "come to understand itself better and to apply this understanding to the essential problem" of increasing the availability of legal services.