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Connecting Supply With Demand to Fill the Justice Gap

Monday, September 23, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


As former BBA President J.D. Smeallie's recent press release expressed this summer, "much has been written lately about the glut of unemployed lawyers and what can be done about it.  With only 56.2% of 2012 graduates from ABA-accredited schools able to find full-time legal work within 9 months of graduation, several law schools have set up incubators to ready recent graduates for solo practice careers."

One such local incubator is Northeastern University's Justice Bridge Legal Center, which describes itself as 'designed to address two core challenges confronting the American justice system:  shrinking employment opportunities for recent graduates under existing law firm structures, and the legal system's growing inability to serve consumers of modest means who cannot afford high hourly rates but fail to qualify for pro-bono assistance'.  As its name suggests, Justice Bridge seeks to address the so-called 'justice gap' - the unmet need for civil legal services." 

The Director of Justice Bridge, Len Zandrow, and the Faculty Advisor for Northeastern University School of Law, Deborah Ramirez , will be joining the BBA's DLS Section for its first brown bag lunch of the 2013-2014 program year to talk about the Justice Bridge - an innovative program that seeks to "empower law graduates with resources and education and connect them with experienced mentors to give new lawyers working as solo practitioners and in small practices the same advantages shared by junior associates in large, established firms."  Mr. Zadrow and Ms. Ramirez will talk about how Justice Bridge is "building relationships with top law firms, retired justices and former senior partners, legal service organizations, and various affinity and membership-based community groups to help provide compassionate and professional representation to those with previously unmet legal needs."  This program should prove to be informative and interesting to any one seeking solutions to the disparity between unmet need for civil legal services and the lack of opportunities to practice law that new lawyers currently face in our community.


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Jennifer Jones


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