The Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI) offers a two-year training program in which recent admittees to the California Bar are provided with extensive support, mentoring and education on how to successfully operate a solo or small firm practice that serves the legal needs of the modest means community.
The goal of the project is two-fold: 1) to increase access to justice for people of modest means, and 2) to provide sustainable employment for recently admitted alumni/alumnae.
For members of our community who are just a little over the income level for legal aid, but who certainly cannot afford a lawyer at $300 or more an hour, these practitioners will provide a critical service – one that is not presently available.
In the current economy, many recent graduates are left without law-related employment – this is ironic, given the great number of people who desperately need legal representation. The incubator project not only provides these young lawyers with the tools to be self-employed for the two-year program, but also teaches skills and competencies to build a practice that can support them for many years into the future.
- BALI Hub opens thanks to a generous gift from the Bernard E. & Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation! Join us on May 17th: RSVP here
- BALI website goes live. Visit the site here.
- Mentors needed! Check out our Mentor FAQ for more information.
- The participant agreement forms are ready for our first class of incubatees! Program Participant Acknowledgement and Agreement
- Bay Area Legal Incubator was featured in the latest edition of the CalAlumni Association’s California Magazine: Hatching Legal Eagles: Incubator Helps Grads Open Private Practice for Needy Clients
- The New York City Bar issued a report on new lawyers: Developing Legal Careers and Delivering Justice in the 21st Century
- Great article from an incubator participant from Chicago Kent’s program:Insights from an Incubator Participant
- Watch this great spotlight, Legal Incubators Provide Legal Services to People of Modest Means, with ACBA CEO Tiela Chalmers.
In Their Own Words
Video of the Week:
Darren Perconte, Justice Entreprenuers
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