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1994 June

The Impact of the 1993 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on Legal Services Practice in the Federal Courts

By Matthew Diller

This article examines the 1993 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and their potential impact on legal services practice.

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A Model Retainer Agreement for Legal Services Programs

Mandatory Attorney Fee Provisions

By Stephen Yelenosky & Charles Silver

This article describes the mandatory attorney fee provisions of a model retainer agreement suggested for legal services programs The authors concede that it is difficult to design a retainer agreement that both facilitates the collection of attorney fees and comports with the special legal constraints under which legal services programs operate. The principles discussed in the article will serve as a guide for attorneys when advising clients about fees and will ensure compliance with applicable federal laws and professional responsibility rules.

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Reality Bytes

The Cost of Sending Information on the HandsNet Superhighway

By Brian Lawlor

Cost advantages and other efficiencies flow from the use of HandsNet to send and receive documents.

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Weatherization

Seeing That Low-Income Tenants Share the Benefits

By The National Consumer Law Center

This column describes the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program and how advocates can ensure that tenants are the primary beneficiaries of weatherization activities performed under the program.

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Legal Challenges to the Educational Barriers Facing Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents

By Deborah Brake

One in ten teenage women becomes pregnant each year. Discrimination against pregnant and parenting teens in school continues to limit the educational opportunities available to these young women. This article discusses some of the common educational barriers they face and explores legal theories for challenging them.

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