ATJ Board Delivery System Committee

 

Mission

The Committee works to address the following:

  • Serve as a clearinghouse and “think tank” to help monitor changes in client needs and promote best practices in the delivery of client services throughout the state.
  • Address new delivery system challenges and unfinished State Plan implementation initiatives.
  • Provide ongoing support and technical assistance for regional planning efforts.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to ensure that related legal assistance initiatives effectively dovetail with and complement the legal aid delivery system envisioned by the Hallmarks and State Plan.
  • Monitor and assess the impact of national and state policy changes/initiatives on the delievery system and make appropriate recommendations for changes to the State Plan.

Current Goals and Initiatives

Based on a review of the current State Plan recommendations, feedback from regional planning teams, and other relevant information, the Committee has developed a Work Plan to guide its efforts moving forward.  The Access to Justice Board approved the Work Plan on September 16, 2011.

At the request of the Access to Justice Board, the Committee is coordinating an Alliance-wide discussion about a vision to guide our delivery system's response to the challenges we face due to current and future economic realities. Many regional teams have met to provide feedback on key issues.   

History

Since its inception, the ATJ Board has focused much of its effort on the planning for civil legal aid delivery. The ATJ Board adopted its first State Plan in 1995 in response to crippling Congressional restrictions on service delivery. The ATJ Board revised its State Plan in 1999. The ATJ Board again revised its State Plan in 2006 to address new Census data and the findings in the Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study. The ATJ Board's State Plan Oversight Committee (SPOC) completed its 2008 State Plan Implementation Update Report as the current financial crisis was unfolding. The ATJ Board determined that this crisis would affect SPOC's ability to continue implementation, and that circumstances suggested the need for a change in the ATJ Board's approach to State Plan implementation. The ATJ Board sunset SPOC and established the Delivery System Committee. This Committee has broad representation from the provider, law school, funder and private bar communities. 

 

Co-Chairs

Nick Gellert, ATJ Board
Geoff Revelle, ATJ Board

Staff Liaison

Terra Nevitt
206-727-8282

About the Access to Justice Board

State Plan

Plan for the Delivery of Civil Legal Aid to Low-Income People in Washington State (Revised 2006)

State Plan Implentation Update Report (2008)