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Recent News & Updates

August 31, 2022
Folge 47: Data-driven regulation in den USA und Legal Tech in Österreich

August 29, 2022
California lawmakers pull plug on legal industry reforms
Reuters, Karen Sloan

August 22, 2022
California Lawmakers OK Bill to Keep Bar from Expanding Access
Bloomberg Law, Joyce Cutler

August 20, 2022
As the cost to hire a lawyer climbs, some states let non-lawyers provide legal advice
NBC News, Deon J. Hampton

August 17, 2022
Following decades of discourse on nonlawyer legal services, questions of motives continue
ABA Journal, Stephanie Francis Ward

August 16, 2022
United States: Looking For Trouble And Finding It: The ABA Resolution To Condemn Non-Lawyer Ownership
Mondaq, Ronald C. Minkoff






  • Redesigning Legal Speaker Series
    • July 28: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.:


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

The Overreach of Limits on “Legal Advice”
Lauren Sudeall (January 3, 2022)

Staying Off the Sidelines: Judges as Agents for Justice System Reform
Hon. Bridget M. McCormack (October 24, 2021)

Judges and the Deregulation of the Lawyer's Monopoly
Jessica Steinberg, Anna E. Carpenter, Colleen F. Shanahan, & Alyx Mark (March 9, 2021)

Working With Your Hands Tied Behind Your Back: Non-Lawyer Perspectives on Legal Empowerment
National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) (June 2021)

Seconds to Impact?: Regulatory Reform, New Kinds of Legal Services, and Increased Access to Justice
Rebecca L. Sandefur, Thomas M. Clarke, & James Teufel (2021)

Democratizing the Rule of Law
Hon. Deno G. Himonas & Tyler J. Hubbard (June 20, 2020)



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