Oklahoma Access to Justice Structure In 2003, the Oklahoma Bar Association created a new Access to Justice Committee charged with developing and implementing a plan to make access to justice a reality for all Oklahomans. The Committee, which deals with access to both criminal and civil justice, is currently chaired by the Board Chair of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. Its membership includes volunteer private attorneys and judges. The Oklahoma Bar Association is exploring the possibility of creating an Access to Justice Commission. Key Initiatives Funding In 1996, with the support of the bar and courts, the Oklahoma State Legislature created the Legal Services Revolving Fund and made a first-year appropriation of $450,000 to the Fund. Funding has increased twice since then: in 1998 to $600,000 and in 2000 to $830,000. The funds are dedicated to family law casework, with priority to cases involving domestic abuse. The Oklahoma Bar Foundation, which provides the majority of its funding to Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, is seeking mandatory IOLTA participation by all Oklahoma lawyers. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is conducting a statewide fundraising campaign, with a goal of $1.5 million. Past ABA President William Paul is chairing the campaign. As of March 2004, the fund drive had passed the half-way mark. Pro Bono The Pro Bono Subcommittee of the Access to Justice Committee is exploring ways to increase pro bono participation and expand the definition of what pro bono service can include. Specific efforts will target law students and law school personnel. The subcommittee presented a program at the Oklahoma State Judicial Conference in November 2003 on the role of the judiciary in increasing pro bono participation. It is also seeking to place articles on pro bono in special-interest bar journals. Access to Courts The Legal Services Subcommittee of the Access to Justice Committee is exploring ways to provide support for the increased numbers of self-represented litigants in the courts, including development of standardized forms and training for court clerks. Particular attention is being focused on problems associated with the translation of forms and notices into Spanish. The subcommittee is formulating a survey to be distributed to the trial courts to explore and identify problems experienced by trial judges in dealing with pro se litigants. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma has placed a prototype self-help kiosk in the Tulsa County Court House. Program/Delivery Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma was created as a new statewide LSC-funded program at the beginning of 2002. Development of a centralized intake system serving the entire state is underway. Numerous stakeholders, including Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, and social services agencies, are participating in the planning process.