News Story (Wisconsin)
May 25, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Pro Bono
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Action of Wisconsin
Since then, the project has expanded to three days a week from one, and its small staff and corps of volunteer lawyers aren’t so easy to sidestep anymore.
But a package of laws signed by Gov. Scott Walker last month includes one small change that might become an obstacle to lawyers volunteering at all kinds of low-income legal clinics.
A 2015 Supreme Court rule allows lawyers to provide “limited scope representation,” or “brief legal advice” at a legal clinic, without following all the steps associated with taking on a full client. It only requires that they mark any documents they help someone fill out with a stamp reading: “This document was prepared with the assistance of a lawyer.”
Under the new law, they would have to add their names and bar numbers.