University of Denver

Utah

State Justices Stress Need for Courts to Lead the Way on Regulatory Reform

Maddie Hosack
This month, IAALS and its partners kicked off the Redesigning Legal Speaker Series with a panel exploring how judicial leadership can play a critical role in expanding access to legal services and access to justice. The panelists discussed the status of regulatory innovation, how courts and others are seeking to...

Utah’s New Civil Rules Provide Multi-Lingual Notice, Plain Language, and QR Codes to Self-Represented Litigants

Brooke Meyer
In May 2021, amendments to the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect, several of which provide better notice of parties’ rights and obligations at the outset and throughout a lawsuit. The rule amendments are also paired with forms that include notice of rights in plain language and in multiple languages.

All Gas, No Brakes: New Model of Judicial Leadership is Bringing Justice Back Within Reach of the People

Zachariah DeMeola
The future of our justice system will depend on a new model for leadership among the judiciary, including proactive engagement of the issues, multidisciplinary approach to solutions, innovative and creative thinking, data-informed policy making, and the courage and vision to get ahead of problems and explore new...

Arizona Carries Regulatory Reform Momentum Forward with Historic Vote

Maddie Hosack
Last month, the Arizona Supreme Court voted unanimously to eliminate its ethics rules barring nonlawyers from having an economic interest in law firms or participating in fee-sharing, and streamlined advertising rules. The court also approved the licensing of “Legal Paraprofessionals," who will be able to represent...

Becky Kourlis and Neil Gorsuch Laud Regulatory Innovation in Utah and Arizona, Urge Other States to Take Action

Maddie Hosack
In a recent op-ed, IAALS Founding Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch commend recent legal regulatory reforms in Utah and Arizona and call for more states across the country to make similar bold changes.

Utah Supreme Court Makes History with Vote to Establish Regulatory Sandbox

Zachariah DeMeola
Last week, in a historic vote, the Utah Supreme Court voted unanimously to establish a regulatory sandbox for nontraditional legal services providers in order to address the state’s access to justice crisis. These rule changes will allow individuals and entities to explore creative ways to safely allow the practice of...

Leaders Call for the Expansion of Legal Services by Unlocking Legal Regulation

Zachariah DeMeola
Studies show that up to 80 percent of Americans’ civil legal needs go unmet—and that will likely grow due to the pandemic. Change cannot wait any longer. It is time for us to reimagine the ways in which legal services in our country are delivered, and leaders across the profession are calling for immediate action.

A Rallying Cry for Comments on Utah Regulatory Innovation Efforts

Zachariah DeMeola
Andrew Arruda
The regulatory reform signal shines brightly over Utah and your help is needed—will you answer the call? The public comment period on Utah's proposals to expand the delivery of legal services is open until Thursday, July 23. It is imperative for all those who are committed to making justice available for all to submit...