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2nd Regional Meeting: Modest Means Incubator Projects in Los Angeles

Mike Dayao

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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NEW Registrants from the Southern CA area will have first priority. Target Counties Include: San Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial
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The California Commission on Access to Justice invites you to attend the 2nd regional meeting for the Modest Means Incubator Project on Tuesday, June 10 at the State Bar of California Office in Los Angeles.

Those who have attended the first meeting in San Francisco and would like to attend the 2nd will be put on a waiting list. New registrants wiill have first priority.

Providing adequate legal assistance to those who cannot afford it has long been a challenge for our profession.  The economic downturn in recent years has brought added urgency to that challenge, and this topic is now at the forefront of discussions on the future of the profession both nationally and here in California.  Millions of Americans need but cannot afford lawyers, and there has never been a better time to think creatively about the solutions.

The Modest Means Incubator Project is part of a national movement intended to connect practical training for new lawyers with providing excellent and affordable legal assistance to low and moderate income clients on a range of topics including family and housing law, labor code violations, consumer debt, and more. 

At this meeting, you will learn about successful incubator models that train new attorneys to address the modest means justice gap, meet and collaborate with key stakeholders, and learn about funding opportunities.


Who should attend: 

Representatives of organizations interested in helping low and moderate income clients and training new lawyers by establishing legal incubator projects. This is open to Lawyer Referral Services, Law School Deans, Law School Clinics, Legal Services Programs, Pro Bono Practice Program attorneys & coordinators, Bar Associations, Law Librarians, Large Law Firms, Existing Incubators, Solo and Small Firm Sections, Court-based services, Self-Help Centers, and Family Law Facilitators


Incubator workshop shines spotlight on need for affordable legal aid

Read an email invitation from Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

Law firm incubators help both grads and needy clients, Fred Rooney says

Welcome and Project Launch

Associate Justice Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court

Confirmed presenters

  • Judge Mark Juhas, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Fred Rooney, Director, International Center for Post-Graduate Development & Justice, Touro Law Center, New York
  • William Tanner, Directing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Santa Ana
  • Phyllis W. Cheng, DIrector, Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • Lilys McCoy, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Robert Seibel, California Western School of Law
  • Rosie Soto Cohen, Director of Public Services San Fernando Valley Bar Association


  • Learn about successful incubator models that train new attorneys to address the modest means justice gap;
  • Meet and collaborate with key stakeholders; and
  • Learn about funding opportunities


Using Public Transportation

Los Angeles Public Transportation - Metro Red/Purple Line and Union Station

You have to buy a reloadable TAP card for $1 then load a $1.50 on to the card. The ticket kiosks are at the bottom of the escalators/stairs when you are heading to the boarding area. Go to the Metro not Metrolink kiosks. Word of warning – alert Tweets to Metro riders go out frequently that the kiosks aren’t accepting credit cards. It seems to happen at least once a week. You can go to the Metro counter at Union Station and buy their TAP card and pass with a credit card but that takes more time. I’d bring cash just in case. Link to Metro webpage:

  • From the train platform tunnel go downstairs to the Metro Red/Purple line boarding area. Escalators/stairs are located at either end of the platform tunnel - both the Union Station and Gateway Transit Plaza (aka Patsaouras Bus Plaza) ends of the tunnel have entrances to the Red/Purple line boarding area. Signs are very good so follow the signs.
  • Take either the Red or Purple lines as both stop at 7th Street Metro Center. These trains also go by  the names North Hollywood (Red line) or Wilshire/Western (Purple line). During rush hour the two lines run every five minutes staggered so there is a train leaving every 2+ minutes.
  • Once on board you’ll stop at Civic Center and Pershing Square and get off at 7th Street Metro Center stop.
  • 7th Street Metro Center station traverses three city blocks with exits at Hope St, Flower St and Figueroa St. The signage directing you to the exits isn’t always the best depending on where you get off the train. Figueroa Street is where you want to exit so follow the signs, if you see them, to take you to the Figueroa Street exit which puts you on the corner of 7th and Figueroa. You’ll be exiting up two levels to the street. The middle level is the Blue and Expo line platform.
  • Once you are at street level on 7th and Figueroa head South (left) toward 8th Street. If you exit at Hope or Flower Streets head South toward 8th Street then East (right) toward Figueroa.
  • On the corner of Figueroa and 8th you’ll see the five story State Bar building between two very tall buildings on the West side of Figueroa. Smart & Final is on the bottom floor of the State Bar building. You’ll see a lot of their signage. The State Bar entrance is on the South end of the building just before you get a small street called 8th Place.

It’s $1.50 to ride right now but it may increase to $1.75.

Have questions about 2nd Regional Meeting: Modest Means Incubator Projects in Los Angeles? Contact Mike Dayao

When & Where

The State Bar of California
845 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Mike Dayao

The State Bar’s commitment to expanding, supporting and improving the delivery of legal services to low- and moderate-income Californians is carried out by the Office of Legal Services (OLS).

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