2023 Resolution for the Legal Profession: Using Our Privilege in a Positive Way to Make the Justice System Fairer and More Equitable for All

This year marks my 7th annual resolution for our legal profession, and while it may not be as catchy as prior ones like my 2022 resolution that the bar exam must go (and it still needs to go!), this one seems particularly appropriate as we look ahead to 2023.

When we hear the word privilege today, […]

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‘Tis the Season for a Lot of Bad Advice on Charitable Giving. There is a Better Way.

The holiday season officially is upon us, and with it comes many traditions we look forward to this time every year. The spirit of giving is certainly one of them.

Unfortunately, another thing we can expect to see this time of year is terrible advice on charitable giving from so-called experts who will tell you to […]

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How to be Perfect—the Lawyer Version

The genesis for the tongue-in-cheek headline for this post is a great book I read earlier in the year by Michael Schur, who was the creator of the television series The Good Place. In the book, How to Be Perfect, Schur takes a tour of the various philosophical schools of thought for how we can be […]

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Football and Access to Justice, Part Deux

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Football is back and off to a rousing start (we even had the butt punt last weekend!), and one of the storylines playing out at the start of the season has some resonance on the access to justice side too.

Two of the game’s biggest stars, including the best player […]

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Does It Really Matter?

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

As we honored seven outstanding lawyers and judges at this year’s CBA/CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon, we continued a recent tradition by kicking things off with a song to help set the theme for the event.

This year’s choice, America by Simon & Garfunkel, was a late […]

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How Did Legal Services Get So Unaffordable, and What Are We Going to Do About It?

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Over the past 50 years, we gradually have gone from a time in our country where the average middle-class person or small business generally could find affordable legal services when they needed them to a time today where everyday people struggle to afford legal help and lawyers often joke […]

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An Innovation Playbook for Access to Justice

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Over the past several posts, I’ve given an overview of innovation and talked about when it does and does not make sense in the quest to improve access to justice. For all the ways technology plays a key role (though often not in the ways we might first think), […]

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Innovation, Part 2: It’s Not Just About Technology

There are many myths and misconceptions about innovation, and one of the biggest is conflating the term with technology. As I talked about in last month’s part 1 of this post, technology indeed has a huge role in innovation, though not always in the way we might first think.

However, innovation is far more than technology. […]

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Innovation and Access to Justice—Part One

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Two questions for you to ponder at the start of this post:

  • What was the share of retail sales that happened online as we ended 2021?
  • How does that share compare to the pre-pandemic trend?

The answers follow below, and you may be wondering, what the heck does that have to do […]

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches and Toasters v. Typewriters and Toll Booth Operators

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Innovation. It’s what all the cool kids are talking about. It’s something the CBF is proud to be a longtime leader in on the access to justice front, and it’s something we could use a lot more of in our profession and in our justice system.

Thus, the title of […]

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