Andrew Schepard, the Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law, moderated the panel for the “Unbundling Legal Services” workshop at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
The theme of the conference, held in New Orleans from May 27-30, 2015, was “Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses, Different Outcomes.”
The conference brochure offers this description of the workshop: “The family law system faces a crisis in access to justice reflected in the growth of self-represented litigants in divorce and parenting disputes. Unbundled legal service — in which lawyers provide services to clients on a task-by-task basis — is an important response to this problem. This workshop will focus on the impact of unbundled legal services on family courts and private sector professional practices. Presenters will address key trends, public policy challenges and opportunities for practice development created by unbundled legal services. Participants will have an opportunity to offer input for replicable unbundling models and developments that can be part of an access to justice reform agenda.”