Low Bono Section

The Low Bono Section is a community for lawyers, law students, and other professionals who are committed to providing, promoting, and learning about low bono services.

What is low bono?

In a broad sense, low bono is the principle of increasing access to law-related services for people of moderate means who do not qualify for pro bono assistance, but cannot afford the fees private attorneys typically charge under traditional law firm models. There are opportunities to provide low bono services in the legal profession, and in every other profession that intersects with the delivery of legal services.

Low bono service providers find many creative ways to provide their services, and the list of possibilities continues to grow as practitioners try out new models of service delivery. Some examples of low bono services include:

  • Using flexible pricing models, including sliding-fee scales, flat fees, payment plans, third-party payments, even crowdfunding.
  • Unbundling services.
  • Increasing the efficiency of delivering common services, such as adopting back office technologies and appropriately delegating tasks.
  • Commoditizing certain services, including online service delivery, automated intake, publication of legal guides, self-help kiosks, and document automation for common documents.
  • Mindfully and creatively using clients’ limited legal budgets, such as when crafting discovery requests.
  • Adopting a methodology of client counseling and litigation in which practitioners seek early and affordable resolutions when appropriate, even when it would be more profitable to engage in protracted conflict.

Section Benefits

The greatest benefit of joining the Low Bono Section is the opportunity to build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded professionals. For its members, the Low Bono Section provides a forum and opportunity for education, training, sharing of forms, practice tips, client counseling techniques, and alternative techniques for conflict resolution. The section provides its members with free mentorship opportunities, discounted admission to low bono-oriented CLEs, networking and referral opportunities with other low bono professionals, leadership development opportunities, and more.

Joining the Low Bono Section

The cost to join the Low Bono Section is $30.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Low Bono Section, contact any member of the Bar's Executive Committee. For all other inquiries, contact sections@wsba.org.

Join the Conversation

All professionals with an interest in low bono (lawyers and non-lawyers alike) are invited to join the low bono community discussions on our Yahoo Group. Membership in the section is not currently required to join the Yahoo Group.

Stay informed of Low Bono Section activities on Twitter and Facebook.

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