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Are lawyers doomed?

By JohnnyZ on November 06, 2014//Leave a comment

I am coming off the tail end of serving on the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force, that enormously ambitious undertaking to study ways the State Bar might work at closing the justice gap for modest means litigants, as well as to address the crushing debt load on our law grads. Here is one take on…

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It’s Out! Legal Futures Summit Survey

By JohnnyZ on July 01, 2014//Leave a comment

The information gathered from the participants of the Legal Futures Summit from last February has been turned into a survey.   The survey is meant to gauge the interest of attendees and others in the legal community in various projects, community partnerships, and collaborative work to enhance the likelihood that law students can find work,…

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On a Roll!

By JohnnyZ on June 20, 2014//Leave a comment

Here is the latest from the State Bar Civil Justice Strategies Task Force:   After several months of hearing testimony by a great many experts from academia, the courts, professionals from a range of practices, public agencies, and the public, the task force broke into sub-groups and began its work.   As a reminder, the…

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Going for the deep dive & we’re gonna get wet

By JohnnyZ on May 29, 2014//Leave a comment

Reporting from the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force meeting held this week in Los Angeles. Toward the end of another day of testimony about past attempts at fairly meting out access to justice, something happened.   Something big.   To the delight of a few and the consternation of others, we were suddenly immersed in…

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Fame & Glory – Games People Play to Reward Good Customer Service

By JohnnyZ on May 21, 2014//Leave a comment

Way back when, a crown of laurel leaves would be enough to acknowledge great accomplishments.  Now, you may still do that at your place of business, but here in San Diego we decided to try something different.   The KellyPoint Program We have a game here that involves spotting great work and reporting it up…

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NOW, NEW, OR DEBT? Take your pick

By JohnnyZ on May 15, 2014//Leave a comment

UPDATE: Members of the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force have been separated into three working groups: “Now Group” –  What is working now and is scalable and can be replicated    “New Group”  – What is being considered, discussed, but not necessarily being done   “Student Death Group” – Oops. I meant student debt To prepare…

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When I forgot how to walk

By JohnnyZ on May 09, 2014//Leave a comment

You know those nature shows where the newborn gazelle falls to the ground, helpless and flailing, but then gradually starts getting her legs under her so that she can stand in a wobbly way and then begin to walk?  Walk with that stiff, badly timed procession of one hoof to the next?   That was…

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It’s nothing new

By JohnnyZ on May 08, 2014//Leave a comment

Speaking about the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to some folks with long memories and a lot more knowledge than I have:   “It’s nothing new.”    Me: True, the Court and the Bar have wrestled wth these important issues before: how to help those who self represent? what kind of self-help can we provide?…

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“Strange” Experiment Turns Four

By JohnnyZ on May 04, 2014//Leave a comment

On May 3rd or thereabouts we take time to recognize the anniversary of an outlandish experiment here at the law library. On that day in 2010, the trustees set in motion “The Experiment” – a cyclone of change that would shake the place up, literally and figuratively.   Identity Change To begin this significant change,…

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Beyond legal aid: Incubating low and pro bonos in a civil Gideon kind of way

By JohnnyZ on May 02, 2014//Leave a comment

This is my second report about my tenure as an appointee to the State Bar’s task force on civil justice strategies.   The task force wants to find a way to do two things:  address the crushing debt load of law graduates who cannot find jobs, while at the same time connecting them with the…

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