ABA Committee Recognizes Forrest S. Mosten for Lifetime of Dedication and Achievement in Legal Services

CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2004—Los Angeles lawyer Forrest S. Mosten will be recognized by the _’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services for his career-long dedication to enhancing legal services. The honor will observe the 10th Anniversary of the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access and will be presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Antonio at a luncheon on Friday, Feb. 6.

Brown was a friend and mentor to Mosten for more than 25 years, and his influence is evident in many of Mosten’s innovations. Mosten is recognized as the foremost advocate for unbundled legal services. Under this model, the lawyer and client agree to share the tasks involved in the legal work. For example, the lawyer may provide coaching and advice, draft documents or negotiate difficult issues, with the client assuming the responsibility for all the tasks the lawyer is not engaged to do.

Not only does Mosten practice unbundling as part of the legal and mediation services he provides, but he also educates policymakers and practitioners about this method of expanding access to lawyers. He has spoken to bar groups and court organizations across the country about innovations in the delivery of legal services, and he is the author of Unbundled Legal Services: A Guide to Delivering Legal Services a la Carte, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section.

“Forrest Mosten represents a wonderful combination of ideas and action,” said Judge Lora J. Livingston, chair of the standing committee. “He is an innovative thinker who puts his ideas to work and then makes time to advocate them to others. His contributions to improved access are substantial, and the committee is very pleased to recognize him in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Louis M. Brown Award.”

In addition to recognizing Mosten, the committee will present the 2004 ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access to the California Commission on Access to Justice, for the work of its Limited Representation Committee.

The Brown Award is sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services as part of the committee’s mission to enhance access to legal services for those who do not qualify for legal aid and lack the resources for traditional legal assistance.

The award is named in honor of Louis M. Brown, who for more than 60 years was a champion of access to legal services to those of modest means. Brown was the founder and chair of the National Center for Preventive Law and the originator of personal legal check-ups.

The ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services has produced a booklet describing each of the programs and projects nominated for the 2004 Brown Award, “Profiles of Moderate Income Delivery Programs.” The booklet is designed to stimulate improved and innovative access to legal information, services and representation. It is available free of charge.

For more information about the Brown Award and the work of the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, go to the committee’s web site at www.abanet.org/legalservices/delivery/home.html.

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