With the LCUP pilot project now well underway, we have been preparing to launch two new initiatives: (1) a practice group for LCUP participating lawyers and (2) a pilot project evaluation.
A recent survey of LCUP participating lawyers indicated significant interest in the formation of an online network or practice group for lawyers to share ideas and ask questions of other lawyers offering unbundled services.
The first meeting of the practice group took place on September 28 and the second on October 26, 2020. The September 28 meeting was a discussion amongst local lawyers about “Lessons learned on how to charge, bill, and promote legal coaching and unbundled services”. The October 26th session kicked off the 5th annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week, a 1-hour webinar focused on how unbundled services have worked in several Canadian jurisdictions (BC, AB, ON). The goal of the webinar is to encourage lawyers to offer unbundled services and inform the public about how these services work.
Research on unbundled legal services in other Canadian jurisdictions has yielded exciting results, showing a high rate of satisfaction among both clients and lawyers. The LCUP Working Group is now conducting similar research in Saskatchewan with the launch of the LCUP pilot project evaluation. The results of the pilot project evaluation will contribute to a growing collection of data from across Canada which will help inform legal practice, policy development and empirically-informed scholarly writing on the topic. We are grateful to the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research, for their financial support in conducting the evaluation.
The ‘nuts and bolts’ of the pilot project evaluation are as follows:
We’re looking for more lawyers to help improve access to justice and client services. Join the Saskatchewan roster of lawyers who provide legal coaching and/or unbundled services and pilot project evaluation. Email Kim Newsham at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the roster and to be notified about new resources and training events related to unbundled services and legal coaching as they become available. Questions related to the evaluation can be directed to Brea Lowenberger, Director of CREATE Justice and Access to Justice Coordinator at email@example.com.