Low Bono Legal Services:
How Private Practitioners Can Help Close the Access to Justice Gap
August 11, 2022
"... [T]o 'do justice' means to go to places where the fabric of shalom has broken down,
where the weaker members of societies are falling through the fabric, and to repair it."
- Timothy Keller, Generous Justice
Recording and slides available below.
PowerPoint slide available here
"Low Bono Legal Counsel: Closing the Access to Justice Gap by Providing the Middle Class with Affordable Attorneys" article
The American lower middle class population is severely underserved by lawyers. Individuals who are at or below poverty level qualify for pro bono legal services, and the wealthy have the resources to hire lawyers at market rates. But for much of the middle class, many law firm rates are beyond their ability to pay, especially in extended litigation matters such as family law disputes, one of the top middle class legal issues. As part of an exclusive guild, lawyers in the U.S. have an ethical obligation to serve those who can't afford legal services. This webinar will discuss the tremendous "access to justice gap" and how private practitioners can help fill this gap through "low bono" (reduced fee) services while making a good living. The webinar will also showcase the Access to Justice Referral Service (ATJLRS), a platform for matching potential clients with qualified attorneys who voluntarily agree to charge a reasonable flat fee for legal services.
See how low bono legal services can be a win-win situations for lawyers and lower-income clients.
Steven Krieger, a private practitioner in northern Virginia, founded the Access to Justice Referral Service (ATJLRS), a platform for matching potential clients with qualified attorneys voluntarily agree to charge a reasonable flat fee for legal services. Mr. Krieger has ten years of public interest advocacy and experience. His passion is helping people gain access to legal remedies, and in serving traditionally underserved or marginalized populations. He has a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan School of Business.
Mr. Krieger has published five law review articles on access to justice issues, including "Low Bono Legal Counsel: Closing the Access to Justice Gap by Providing the Middle Class with Affordable Attorneys".