11 a.m.–12 p.m. MDT
In this session of the Future of Legal Services Speaker Series (originally aired October 27, 2020), panelists Crispin Passmore (Founder/Principle, Passmore Consulting), Will Morrison (Strategic Policy Counsel, Law Society of Ontario), and Abigail Moy (Director, Legal Empowerment Network)—moderated by David Lat (Founding Editor, Above the Law)—discuss how programs and regulations in other countries have opened up ways for people to access the justice system, including examples from England, Wales, and Ontario, and community legal workers around the globe who are equipped with the training and skills they need to help the public.
Approved for one hour of Colorado CLE credit.
Crispin Passmore is the founder and principle of Passmore Consulting, a firm he established at the start of 2019. He works with a select group of high profile legal businesses and law firms in the U.K. and U.S., offering strategic advice to boards, CEOs, and general counsel. He also works with regulators around the world that are modernizing or reforming their regulatory approach. Previously, Crispin was executive director at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) where he led the regulatory reform program, including the sanctioning of multidisciplinary practices, freedom for lawyers to work in more flexible models of delivery, and a shorter and more flexible set of Standards and Regulations. In 2009 Crispin helped set up the Legal Services Board (LSB) as the deputy to the CEO. The LSB was created to change the way legal regulation operated. This involved setting up its own regulatory model to oversee existing professional body regulators (including the SRA) from scratch.
Will Morrison is a Strategic Policy Counsel at the Law Society of Ontario, the regulatory body for lawyers and paralegals in the province. His focuses include paralegal regulation and emerging legal technologies. Will graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2011. Prior to joining the Law Society, Will worked in the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.
Abigail Moy is the director of the Legal Empowerment Network, convened by Namati. Since Namati’s earliest days, she has led efforts to build a thriving global movement for legal empowerment: one capable of innovating boldly and collectively tackling the greatest justice challenges of our time. The Global Legal Empowerment Network works to achieve this vision by connecting, strengthening, and expanding the number of community paralegals around the world. Prior to joining Namati, Abigail worked with access to justice programs in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, in cooperation with the World Bank, The Asia Foundation, Fundación Soros-Guatemala, and Timap for Justice. She previously clerked for the Hon. David H. Coar in the Northern District of Illinois, served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State, and worked in the New York office of White & Case, LLP. Moy was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds a master’s degree in law and development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
David Lat is the founding editor of Above the Law, an award-winning website about the legal profession that reaches more than 1.5 million unique visitors a month. David’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Before launching Above the Law, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.