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Posts from the ‘Moderate Means Program’ Category

15
Feb

Want to Do Good and Make a Living? Consider Low Bono

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Find it hard to live up to your law school idealism? Start a business! Specifically, start a law practice using a low-bono business model.

raise right handLaw students often see themselves working at a public interest or legal-services setting. But after graduation, few new lawyers end up following that path. One study found just 4% of newer lawyers working in a public interest or legal services. Why might this be?

Certainly, it is not for lack of demand or the need for access to justice. Since the Great Recession, the need for affordable legal services has continued to grow, while governments continue to cut funding. Not only do these cuts harm people who can’t afford a lawyer, they also make finding a job in public-interest law and legal services increasingly difficult. Dwindling opportunities discourage newer lawyers from pursuing a career focused on social justice, even though their skills are badly needed. Read more »

10
Aug

Moderate Means: Helping People Find Justice

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The Moderate Means Program can be a great way to give back to the community and help clients who need it.

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Charlie Shane is a Bainbridge Island-based attorney who works with clients in the Seattle area and in Kitsap, Mason, and Jefferson counties. For Charlie, the Moderate Means Program has been a great way to give back to his community and help clients who need it. Read more »

12
Jul

2 Easy Ways You Can Help Low-Bono Clients in Washington

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You’ve probably heard about the Low Bono Section and the Moderate Means Program, but what’s the difference?

Young couple in a meeting with a lawyer.As a member of the WSBA, you have probably heard about the Low Bono Section (LBS) and the Moderate Means Program (MMP), but you may not know the differences between the two. Although both entities serve similar client populations, they are very different groups. Here’s a quick introduction to both — and some ways you can get involved. Read more »

23
May

Meet Michael Addams, WSBA Moderate Means Attorney

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Michael Addams is a partner at his Spokane law firm and an Air National Guardsman; he also finds time to serve moderate means clients.

Michael AddamsLike most attorneys, Michael Addams wears many hats: principal partner at the Spokane law firm Addams & Leavitt, board member of CASA Partners and Teen Closet, Washington Air National guardsman, WSBA Low Bono Section member, husband and father. In addition, Michael and his firm have incorporated a significant number of moderate means clients into their practice.

WSBA member Emily C. Nelson spoke with Michael about his unique approach, which combines public service law and business management. Read more »

13
May

Celebrating 5 Years of the Moderate Means Program

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Five years ago, I made the very first intake call to a client in the Washington State Moderate Means Program. I was hungry to put my legal skills to good use.

Four young lawyersLaw students gain skills and experience through participation

Five years ago, I made the very first intake call to a client in the Washington State Moderate Means Program (MMP). Read more »