ATJ BOARD MILESTONES
1994 Supreme Court signs the ATJ BOARD ORDER — the first board of its kind in
1995 The ATJ Board adopts a vision and a unified statement of values — THE
HALLMARKS OF AN EFFECTIVE LEGAL SERVICES DELIVERY SYSTEM — in which all
of its initiatives are grounded.
1995 In response to devastating federal funding cuts and disabling restrictions on
services, the ATJ Board adopts its PLAN FOR THE DELIVERY OF CIVIL LEGAL AID
TO LOW-INCOME PEOPLE in Washington.
1996 The first of 17 annual ACCESS TO JUSTICE CONFERENCES is held in Chelan
in conjunction with the Washington State Bar Leaders Conference, providing an
opportunity for networking and the sharing of information and expertise, and for
1998 The ATJ Board helps to launch the COUNCIL ON PUBLIC LEGAL
EDUCATION for the purpose of established public legal education as a core access
to justice principle.
2000 The GAAP PILOT PROJECT (Greater Access and Assistance Program) is
2001 The Supreme Court adopts the ATJ Board’s proposed UNIFORM
COURTHOUSE FACILITATOR RULE (GR 27), defining the role and duties of
courthouse facilitators in Washington.
2002 The Supreme Court adopts the ATJ Board’s proposed UNBUNDLED LEGAL
SERVICES RULES (Limited Task Representation), which increases low-income clients’
access to legal representation by providing that lawyers can ethically limit their
services to discrete tasks.
2003 The Supreme Court’s Task Force on Civil Equal Justice Funding, established
at the request of the ATJ Board and staffed in large measure by the ATJ Board,
produces this state’s first comprehensive CIVIL LEGAL NEEDS STUDY.
2004 After years of work to unify private legal aid fundraising efforts under a
single umbrella, the CAMPAIGN FOR EQUAL JUSTICE is launched, and its efforts are
successfully being implemented by Legal Aid for Washington (LAW Fund).
2004 The Supreme Court adopts the ATJ Board’s proposed ACCESS TO JUSTICE
2006 ENSURING ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: A Guide for
Washington Courts is published.
2007 The Supreme Court adopts the ATJ Board’s proposed GR 33, REQUEST FOR
ACCOMMODATION BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, which sets forth state court
procedures for handling these requests.
2009 In collaboration with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office
of Administration Hearings, and other stakeholders, the ATJ Board launches the
WASHINGTON STATE PLAN FOR INTEGRATED PRO SE ASSISTANCE SERVICES for
institutionalizing support for those unable to obtain counsel in state court or before
administrative agencies. Part I of the Plan, which is the translation of mandatory
family law forms into PLAIN LANGUAGE format, will be completed in 2015.
2010 The ATJ Board adopts its PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR LEGAL AID
IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON to serve as guidelines for the operation and
performance of civil legal aid organizations.
2013 In partnership with Seattle University School of Law, OCLA, and the Sargent
Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the ATJ Board inaugurates the EQUAL
JUSTICE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY to create a broader, more diverse,
skilled and effective equal justice community of leaders.
2014 In recognition of its 20th Anniversary, the ATJ Board will be launching its
LIVING HISTORY PROJECT, a comprehensive searchable online story of Washington
state’s Access to Justice movement.
SCENES FROM ACCESS TO JUSTICE CONFERENCES. The conferences were held annually in
conjunction with the Washington State Bar Leaders
conferences. Photos by Jack and Michele Storms.