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Recent News & Updates

May 18, 2023
Don’t Scapegoat Robots to Protect the Lawyer Monopoly on Services
Bloomberg Law, Nora Freeman Engstrom & David Freeman Engstrom

May 9, 2023
New LiRN project aims to bring access, equity, and innovation to Ontario’s legal library system
Law Foundation of Ontario

April 25, 2023
CodeX Conference: Improving court access is as much about changing minds as changing technology
Thomson Reuters, Zach Warren

April 17, 2023
Innovative or invasive? Practitioners sound off on nonlawyer ownership of law firms
Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Nick Hurston

April 17, 2023
Industry experts concerned about creation of mid-level veterinary position
Denver7, Amy Wadas

March 29, 2023
New project aims to help Utahns access free legal advice on housing issues
St. George News






  • Redesigning Legal Speaker Series
    • March 21: The Ecosystem of Legal Service Providers—A Holistic Approach to Access to Justice examined the various legal service providers beyond lawyers who help people with their legal problems, and panelists discussed why it will take this entire ecosystem to fully tackle the access to justice crisis. Watch the presentation.
    • October 6, 2022: Improving Access to Courts and Judges explored innovation in access to courts and judges—from nonlawyer representation in the courtroom to virtual hearings to venturing outside the courthouse and into the community. Watch the presentation.
    • July 28, 2022: Redesigning How We License New Lawyers examined alternative lawyer licensing programs, how they differ from the current bar exam, what some jurisdictions are already testing, and how these alternatives might impact the profession. Watch the presentation. 
    • March 31, 2022: Opening the Law for New Opportunities explored the issues surrounding opening up access to the law, resources in the court systems, and the potential for new opportunities. Watch the presentation. 
    • February 24, 2022: Unified Bars and the Art of the Long View examined the status of mandatory state bars, the most recent legal challenges to them, and the innovative ways bars are meeting these challenges. Watch the presentation.
    • December 7, 2022: The Role of Legal Education, Clinics, and Legal Labs explored the opportunities being created by regulatory innovation for legal education. Watch the presentation.
    • October 20, 2021: Lawyer UPL—Has It Jumped the Shark? explored how regulatory reform efforts can strike a balance between broader access to justice, sustainable access, and public protection. Watch the presentation.
    • August 24, 2021: Legal Tech—Using Technology to Build Sustainable Practices & Expand Legal Services explored how lawyers and other legal professionals can help to solve problems using new advances in technology—while building sustainable practices at the same time. Watch the presentation.
    • June 9, 2021: Leading from the Bench—Expanding Access through Regulatory Innovation explored how judicial leadership can play a critical role in expanding access to legal services and access to justice. Watch the presentation.
  • Recaps and videos of the 2020 Future of Legal Services Speaker Series available here.
Other State Action




Additional States



Regulations in Other Countries
IAALS Formal Comments on State Recommendations


  • Written comment in support of the Utah Supreme Court Regulatory Reform Proposal



  • Video testimony to ATILS (August 10, 2019)
  • Written comment to ATILS (September 23, 2019)
  • Spoken comment to ATILS in support of its Final Recommendations (March 12, 2020)
  • Video testimony in support of the Paraprofessional Program Working Group's Final Recommendations (September 23, 2021)
  • Written comment in support of the California Paraprofessional Program Proposal (January 12, 2022)
  • Spoken comment in support of the Closing the Justice Gap Working Group (January 20, 2022)


  • Written comment in support of the Colorado Licensed Legal Paraprofessionals Program


  • Written comment to Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (IARDC) regarding Intermediary Connecting Services Proposal
  • Written comment on the Task Force Report by the Chicago Bar Association/Chicago Bar Foundation Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation

Washington, D.C.:


One Small Step and a Giant Leap: Comparing Washington, D.C.'s Rule 5.4 with Arizona's Rule 5.4 Abolition
Robert Saavedra Teuton

Innovation & Evolution in the Regulation of Legal Services
Libertas Institute & A2J Ventures (February 2023)

Leveraging Regulatory Reform to Advance Access to Justic
Cayley Balser, Erin Weaver, Gabriela Elizondo-Craig, Tate Richardson, & Stacy Butler (January 2023)

Lawyering in Times of Peril: Legal Empowerment and the Relevance of the Legal Profession
Ariadna M. Godreau-Aubert (December 2022)

Legal Aid Without Lawyers: How Boston’s Nonlawyers Delivered and Shaped Justice for the Poor, 1879–1921
Kelsea A. Jeon (Winter 2022)

Legal Innovation After Reform: Evidence from Regulatory Change
David Freeman Engstrom, Lucy Ricca, Graham Ambrose, & Maddie Walsh (September 27, 2022)



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