Third Annual Conference
April 1-2, 2016
Kansas City, MO  

The number of incubators in the United States and around the world has increased rapidly over the past several years, and we are now seeing the growth of nonprofit law firms. Law schools, Legal Aid programs and bar associations are assuming an increasing role in the development of post-graduate training and support programs for attorneys wishing to establish solo and small firms or not-for-profit organizations. These programs focus on training lawyers to build economically sustainable practices that will help to resolve the unmet legal needs of individuals and entities from moderate to low-income communities and other people who are unable to access legal services.

This rapid growth reflects the fact that increasingly the people who choose to attend law school do so because they are committed to expanding access to affordable legal services for the mainstream groups that have not been adequately served, and because they recognize that solo and small firm practice has long been the most popular career path for lawyers. 

This conference addresses the opportunities and challenges institutions face in the conceptualization, design and implementation of successful incubators, residency programs and nonprofit law firms.

It is co-sponsored by:

  • The Consortium for Access to Justice; A collaborative community of law practice incubators and nonprofit law firms
  • UMKC School of Law
  • California Western School of Law
  • Touro Law Center
  • The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services

The conference will describe and advance the phenomenal growth of post graduate law programs and the new wave of affordable legal services for groups without access to legal resources.  In addition to providing the basics of creating and implementing incubator programs, it will address the impact on law school curricular reform; collaboration between bench, bar and academics; technology and delivery of legal services; evolution of lawyering role models; and access to justice.