Barnard Lawyers' Committee, proposed procedure for handling cases, 1971

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The Women's Center
 
 Barnard College
 
 606 West 120th Street
 New York 10027
 
 Catharine R. Stimpson
 Acting Director
 
 BARNARD LAWYERS‘ COMMITTEE
 PROPOSED PROCEDURE FOR HANDLING CASES
 
 1 - A card file should be kept on each attorney who volunteers to take
 The following information should appear on each card:
 
 Name
 
 Address
 
 Phone - office and home
 
 particular area of expertise or interest
 number of cases which can be carried at any one time
 
 notes on cases being handled, disposition thereof, comments
 
 Executive Committee
 
 Annette K. Baxter
 Eleanor T. Elliott
 
 Jane S. Gould
 
 Patricia Albjerg Graham
 Barbara V. Hertz
 Catharine R. Stimpson
 Martha Peterson, ex officio
 
 
 Records should be kept on the number of times a volunteer attorney refuses
 to take a case (lack of time, interest) and adjustments made accordingly.
 
 2 - Intake
 
 a) Personnel
 
 Intake people, whether they be lawyers, law students, or otherwise, must be
 able to commit themselves to a schedule of time each week so that people who
 expect to have their calls taken, e.g., on Monday afternoon from 3-6, indeed
 
 find someone answering the phone at that time.
 
 b) Procedure
 The intake person should get all
 should mimeograph forms for this (see sample attached).
 
 information from caller concerning case.
 If the caller needs only information which can be given by the person taking the call, that should be
 done and a record kept on the intake form.
 the direct involvement of an attorney, the intake person should handle
 refer it to a non-attorney volunteer who can handle it.
 recorded. If an attorney is absolutely required to handle a case, the
 
 If the case can be handled without
 
 it or
 
 All actions must be
 
 intake
 
 person should get all information from the client and tell the client that
 
 she will arrange to contact an attorney.
 
 She should then consult the card
 
 index of attorneys and find one who has expressed an interest in an area as
 close as possible to the area of the case at hand and one who has not already
 
 filled the number of cases she has agreed to handle at one time.
 
 If there are
 
 no lawyers left who fill both criteria, try to get one to take an extra case.
 The attorney will then handle the case directly from there and report back the
 
 final disposition of the case.
 office.
 
 Briefs and opinions should also be filed in our
 
 
NAME OF CLIENT

ADDRESS

 

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REFERRED BY

S A M P L E I N T A K E F O R M DATE

INTAKE WORKER

ZIPCODE PHONE NUMBER - HOME WORK HOW MUCH

? [:CAN THE CLIENT AFFORD TO PAY A FEE

COMPLAINT

ACTION TAKEN

RESOLUTION