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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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LLLT Paves the Way for ABS in WA

On the Future of Law

Washington State is now the first state[1] to allow alternative business structures (ABSs), whereby non-lawyers are authorized to share fees with lawyers and have ownership interests in law firms via the recently approved Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). This new rule allows LLLTs to...

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Will LLLTs Really Improve Access to Justice?

On the Future of Law

Despite the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors voting against it numerous times, in 2012 the Washington Supreme Court adopted APR 28 the Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT).[1]  This rule was submitted to the Court by the Practice of Law Board, the board that...

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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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