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WA Civil Legal Needs Study Gets Updated

Sights and Sounds on the Future of Law

I have written previously about the 2003 Civil Legal Needs Study.  The study was updated in 2014 and the Civil Legal Needs Study Update was released in June 2015.  This is a statewide survey of low-income households in Washington State regarding their access to justice.  The updated report notes...

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Rethinking the Role of Paralegals

On the Future of Law

Seven people passed Washington’s exam to become a Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) out of nine test takers.  LLLTs must obtain professional liability insurance prior to obtaining their limited license to practice law.  No such insurance yet exists and is not expected until August 2015, unless the LLLT works...

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Legal Technicians Across the US

On the Future of Law

At this time, there are no licensed LLLTs in the State of Washington.  Despite that, approximately a dozen states are considering similar programs.  Representatives from the WSBA have met or communicated with most or all of these states.[1]  A handful of states have conducted preliminary research, including task force...

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LLLTs in Washington: An Abbreviated History

On the Future of Law

Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLTs) are a category of legal practitioner created in Washington State.  While they are not lawyers, LLLTs have a limited license to practice law.  Currently, LLLTs can only practice in the area of family law. Some argue that the LLLT program has its roots in...

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Legal Aid Generates 11% Economic Gain

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

In March of 2015, the Tennessee Bar Association released a report entitled, Economic Impact of Civil Legal Aid Organizations in Tennessee. The report documents the financial value of legal aid. “The study found that Tennessee’s legal aid organizations produce over $11.20 in economic impact for every dollar of funding...

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Change the Legal System at its Core

On the Future of Law

I have been writing about Washington State’s Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) program a lot over the last few weeks. A program purportedly designed and sold on the premise that it will make a measureable impact on the “access to justice” crisis both in Washington and around the country....

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Context for My LLLT Bloomberg Quotes

On the Future of Law

Recently I was interviewed for Bloomberg BNA’s article, New Washington Rule Allows Legal Techs to Become Minority Owners in Law Firms. The article is about how new Rule of Professional Conduct (RPC) 5.9 permits lawyers to own law firms with Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT). I want to take...

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