Unbundling Your Practice Symposium

The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission will present a symposium entitled “Unbundling Your Practice” on June 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bowen School of Law. Registration is $15 for four and a half hours of CLE (accreditation pending), including two ethics hours. Lunch is included in the cost of registration. See below for a listing of topics and presenters.

What is unbundling? Unbundling is when an attorney limits the scope of their representation. This can mean just drafting pleadings and giving advice to a client, appearing at a single hearing, or arranging a coaching agreement with an otherwise pro se party. Unbundling has three main benefits: it brings in new customers for attorneys, it reduces congestion in the courts, and it provides access to justice to many who couldn’t afford an attorney otherwise. The Arkansas Supreme Court recently made changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Civil Procedure designed to encourage more attorneys to offer unbundled services. In this symposium, we’ll cover the new rules, the business of unbundling, what judges think about unbundling, and much more!

Thank you to the William H. Bowen School of Law for sponsoring this event! Is your firm or business interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Jordan Rogers at jrogers@arkansasjustice.org for information.

Thanks to our sponsors!

How to Ethically Unbundle Your Practice (Ethics) 10 am-11 am

Presenters: 

Hon. Robin Wynne, Associate Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court

Jordan Rogers, Program Coordinator, Arkansas Access to Justice Commission

Description: Learn about the rules of procedure and conduct that authorize unbundling in Arkansas, get pointers on how to ethically and effectively unbundle, and learn about resources available to help you unbundle your practice.


Unbundling in Real Life 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Panelists:

Stephanie Harris, Law to Go

               Brooke Moore, MyVirtual.Lawyer

Vince Morris, Open Access Law Firm

Emily Reynolds, JurisPod

Description: Our panelists are unbundling pioneers. Their firms were some of the first in the state to offer unbundled services. Learn about the challenges and rewards of unbundling straight from those who have already done it.


Unbundling Family Law & Family Law Updates 12:00 pm-12:30 pm

Presenter: Lynn Pence, Attorney, Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Description: Get the latest family law updates and learn about special considerations when unbundling in the family law context.


Lunch 12:30 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch will be provided on-site and is included in the cost of registration.


Professional Conduct & Unbundling (Ethics) 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Panelists:

Caroline Bednar, Committee on Professional Conduct

David Sachar, Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission

Description: Get answers about the ethical considerations involved in unbundling and the practice of law in general.


Unbundling, as Seen from the Bench 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Panelists:

Hon. Cathleen Compton, Circuit Judge-6th Judicial District

Hon. Alice Gray, Circuit Judge-6th Judicial District

Description: Our panelists will discuss what judges expect of attorneys with unbundled practices, with some general best practices thrown in too.