The Future of Legal Services Speaker Series
Our civil justice system faces a crisis in terms of access and innovation. Two-thirds of American households have civil legal problems, yet only 16 percent seek or consider seeking a lawyer’s help. Most state court civil cases involve at least one party without a lawyer. People lack ready access to legal advice on issues affecting the most important aspects of their lives, while technological change has enabled the better delivery of many other services ranging from health care to banking.
The vast gulf between need and access requires rethinking how legal services are delivered and regulated. IAALS has helped spark this conversation through its Unlocking Legal Regulation project. To further the discussion, IAALS and the Sturm College of Law will host a three-part speaker series, The Future of Legal Services, bringing together perspectives from the legal profession, academia, and state supreme courts—the regulators of legal services.
Over the next few months, we’ll hear from Patricia Refo, President-elect of the ABA, the world’s largest organization of lawyers; William D. Henderson, one of the most influential thought-leaders in legal education; and a panel comprising Justice Melissa Hart of Colorado, Justice Deno Himonas from Utah, and Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer from Arizona—three states considering reforms in the delivery of legal services.
How people access legal services not only profoundly affects justice, but also has important implications for those who study, teach, or practice law. Join us in this stimulating series of talks about changes that can help us move towards the goal of justice for all. The series is being offered with support from the Business Ethics and Law Program at DU’s Daniels College of Business and the Socio-Legal Studies Program at DU’s College of Arts and Sciences, with CLE Accredidation pending. Registration is free.