Site allows California attorneys statewide to share pleadings in both State and Federal practice areas, as well as documents for administrative hearings and non-litigation matters.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD)
June 1, 2014
The Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. recently partnered with LAAC in the development of a statewide pleading bank, open to attorneys at all of California’s IOLTA legal services programs.
To visit the pleading bank site and to learn more, visit https://www.capleadingbank.org/.
Legal Aid Society applied for, and received, a LSC “Technology Initiative Grant” to develop the site as a way for California attorneys to share resources and leverage expertise within the statewide community. The idea stemmed from discussions at LAAC’s annual Director of Litigation and Advocacy (DoLA) meeting, a yearly gathering for litigation directors and support center staff.
The site includes pleadings in both State and Federal practice areas. Additional areas for administrative hearings and non-litigation documents have been developed as well.
The structure of the site reflected input from legal services programs during the development and beta phases of the project. Users can now browse from nearly 100 pleadings currently posted to the site, and share their own pleadings with colleagues. Additionally, programs can upload their own pleadings into a cloud based server with search and retrieval capacity, at zero cost. This allows programs to use the pleading bank as an internal bank, without the burden of creating a new bank from scratch, and sharing with the IOLTA community at the same time.
“We are excited about the creation of this pleading bank, not only for what it currently offers legal services attorneys in California, but the potential it has as a forum for advocates. The site’s built in comment features could foster the sharing of knowledge, especially from seasoned litigators to attorneys just beginning to litigate,” said Dennis Holz, managing attorney. “This education potential of the bank is a powerful way that we can affect widespread change for our clients.”
In addition to providing programs a secure way to share pleadings, the pleading bank provides Support Centers another way to provide assistance to field programs.
If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the pleading bank soon! If you have any questions, contact Lorin Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Denise Watt at email@example.com.