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February 2, 2015
The California Commission on Access to Justice was established in 1997 to pursue long-term fundamental improvements in our civil justice system so that it is truly accessible for all, regardless of income, geography, or language ability.
The 26-member commission of lawyers and judges, as well as academic, business, labor and community leaders, was instrumental in establishing the $10 million Equal Access Fund for civil legal services to poor people; since its inception, over $170 million has been granted to legal services programs across the state.
Administrative Agency Committee – Identifies best practices as well as barriers within administrative agencies and works with agencies to improve access for self-represented litigants.
Communications Committee – Works to improve the visibility of the Access Commission itself, as well as of the work of its various subcommittees, and to help improve public understanding of the importance of legal services for poor people and access to justice.
Federals Court Committee – Promotes strategic recommendations for the federal courts on ways to improve access to the federal courts in California for low-income people, and serves as a clearinghouse for information and advice.
Judicial Branch Support Committee – Provides support for adequate funding for the courts, addresses legislative issues that concern the branch, and works with the Judicial Council and other key stakeholders to support efforts to improve access to justice.
Language Access Committee – Analyzes recent developments to expand language access in California, and provides input to judicial branch entities working to develop a statewide language access plan and respond to the concerns raised by the U. S. Department of Justice.
Funding Committee – Develops new resources for civil legal services in California and helps to ensure continuation and expansion of the state’s Equal Access Fund, including a joint Task Force with the Legal Services Trust Fund Program on the Justice Gap Fund.
Modest Means/Incubator Task Force – Expands access to our justice system for modest means families facing significant legal issues, and guides the growing incubator movement toward a conscious goal of training a generation of lawyers committed to serving the needs of ordinary people who otherwise have nowhere to go for legal help.
Pro Bono Coordinating Committee [Joint with the Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services] – Encourages increased pro bono in all areas of the state, particularly rural areas, and seeks to increase attorney giving of both time and financial support.
The commission seeks attorneys and public members who are committed to improving access to justice for all Californians, and have some education or expertise as well as some prior involvement with the need or delivery of legal services to the poor, the near-poor, or the middle income. Members are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve a 3-year term. The State Bar values diversity and broadbased representation in appointments. You may view the roster of 2015 California Commission on Access to Justice members by visiting:
Prospective members should be willing to prepare for and participate in commission meetings, and be involved in commission activities between meetings as appropriate. Members also serve on one or more subcommittees, which may include working on projects and participating in conference calls. Full commission meetings are held in-person and/or via video-conference 5-6 times a year at the State Bar’s offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Travel time is in addition to the scheduled meeting time. Approved travel expenses are reimbursed in accordance with the State Bar’s travel policy for volunteers.
If you believe you are an appropriate candidate for the California Commission on Access to Justice and have the time and energy to be an active commission member, please consider submitting an application for appointment. The application deadline is February 2, 2015. For more information about the appointments process, go to the State Bar’s website at or call the State Bar’s Appointments Office at (415) 538-2370.
February 11, 2015
2013 scholars jessie owen and luong chau
The California Bar Foundation is pleased to introduce the
Diversity in the Public Interest Bar Exam Scholarship
This scholarship supports bar exam expenses for law students from diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue careers in the public interest sector. The scholarship covers the cost of a BarBri bar review course and provides a small cash award to assist with living expenses.
We urge law students who are planning to take the July 2015 California bar exam to apply.
Wednesday, February 11, 2105, 4:30pm
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