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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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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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Law School, Law Firms, and the Titanic

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

It is easy to find books and articles that highlight the problems within the legal industry. What is rare is to find something that instead of just pointing out the problems, actually offers solutions. Mark Cohen’s recent article, The Death of Lawyers is Greatly Exaggerated, does just that. Those...

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The Access to Justice Myth

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

Within the Washington State Bar Association, some have argued that ABSs (alternative business structures) will decrease the cost of legal services and thereby increase access to justice. Indeed, access to justice is the primary reason for the Washington Supreme Court’s order enacting the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) program,...

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The Corporatization of Law

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

In 2007, Australia’s Slater & Gordon was the first law firm to go public. Jonathan Molot, a law professor at Georgetown and a co-founder and CIO of Burford Capital, argues that this should become the rule, rather than the exception.  In his Southern California Law Review article, What’s Wrong...

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American Legal Profession in Crisis

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

If you have not yet read James Moliterno’s 2013 book, The American Legal Profession in Crisis: Resistance and Response to Change, I recommend you do so. Moliterno provides a chronological history of the bar association as it deals with self-identified crises. It is a dark account.  “This book aims...

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The British are Coming: ABS in the US?

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

Recently, the ABA Journal published an article entitled, Does the UK Know Something We Don’t About Alternative Business Structures?  In 2007 the UK passed the Legal Services Act, which allowed for ABS (alternative business structures); meaning non-lawyer ownership and investment in law firms. Recently, US companies, such as LegalZoom...

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UWT Innovate Law Challenge

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

Welcome UWT students to the Innovate Law Challenge. This post follows my presentation in Professor Hampson’s classes, American Legal System and Law in Society. This post is a forum for the students in your classes to pitch ideas on the following question: How Can the Legal Industry Improve the...

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8 Must Have Legal Innovations

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

The American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on the Future of Legal Services released an Issues Paper on November 3, 2014, which solicited public comment.  In December I submitted my comments, which can be found on McKinley Irvin’s blog.  While the Commission called for comment on a number of significant...

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