Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
The Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (SCDLS) is a 20-member advisory committee that:
- identifies, develops, and supports improvements in the delivery of legal services (civil and criminal) to low-and moderate-income individuals in California.
- serves as a resource to the Board of Trustees on legal services issues and relevant legislation, initiatives and proposals.
- develops and presents educational programs and materials to improve the delivery of legal services.
- maintains liaison relationships with other State Bar and external entities.
- works to encourage and increase pro bono participation in California.
The major activity areas include:
|Appointments: Recruit and review applications for appointment to SCDLS and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
||Comments: Review and comment on proposed legislation, Judicial Council forms and rules, and other proposals that impact the delivery of legal services to low-and moderate-income individuals.
|Moderate Income: Identify, evaluate and promote effective legal services delivery systems for moderate-income Californians, including limited scope representation and lawyer referral services.
||Pro Bono: Develop, implement and support activities that inform lawyers from all practice settings, law firms, bar associations, law schools and the general public about the responsibility of attorneys to perform pro bono work on behalf of indigent Californians and that encourage greater participation in organized pro bono programs throughout the state.
|Awards/Recognition: Conduct outreach, solicit and review nominations for the President's Pro Bono Service Awards and Loren Miller Legal Services Award, and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
||Training: Develop and present educational programs and materials at State Bar events such as the Annual Meeting, Pathways to Justice and other venues, that, in partnership with other State Bar and external entities, improve the delivery of legal services.
SCDLS seeks lawyers who are from diverse backgrounds and practice settings (e.g., legal aid, government/small/mid-size/large law firm, solo, corporate, academia, indigent criminal defense, courts). Public members with experience in the delivery of legal services to low- and moderate-income individuals are encouraged to apply. Letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged for all applicants but are not required.
Members should be prepared to complete tasks assigned to them and to devote a minimum of 6-10 hours on average per month on projects, plus actively participate at in-person committee meetings. Committee meetings are usually held on Fridays and generally alternate between the State Bar offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Travel time is in addition to the scheduled meeting time.
- Expected 2013-14 vacancies: 7
- Meetings per year: 5-6 (plus working group conference calls)
- Chair: S. Lynn Martinez, Los Angeles
- Staff Contact: Sharon Ngim, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for 2013 applications: Feb. 1, 2013
2013 terms begin: Conclusion of 2013 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 13, 2013)