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The law firm incubator movement comes to annual meeting

Thursday, June 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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Fred Rooney started the first law firm incubator at The City University of New York’s Incubator for Justice in 2007 and is recognized in the United States and around the world as the leading expert. Today, there are over 60 existing or planned programs spanning 33 states and four countries. Thanks to The Iowa State Bar Foundation and ISBA’s generous support, Rooney will speak at the 2017 ISBA Annual Meeting during the Access to Justice Track on Tuesday, June 20, at 9:20 a.m. 

Law firm incubators provide affordable legal services by lawyers to people with modest incomes, and serve a necessary role in the professional development of entrepreneurial lawyers as they create sustainable practices that narrow the justice gap. Law firm incubator curricula teach lawyers a variety of strategies including setting sliding-fees adjusted to household income, using limited-scope retainers, providing unbundled services, offering flat-rate fees, providing pro-se assistance, using installment agreements and cooperating and coordinating with nonprofit service providers. 

To learn more about Fred Rooney and the law firm incubator movement now, click here to read this article from the current issue of The Iowa Lawyer. For more information, or if you would like the opportunity to meet Fred Rooney on June 20, please contact cle@iowabar.org and include “Law Firm Incubators” in the subject line.

From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly