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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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An Open Letter to the State Bar of California

On the Future of Law

The following is the text of a letter I sent to the State Bar of California when it solicited public comment on the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force Report and Recommendations. 1. Overview of the Washington LLLT Program The Washington LLLT program came about after our Supreme Court commissioned a...

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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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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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ABA Futures Commission Testimony

Sights and Sounds on the Future of Law

I had the opportunity to provide testimony to the ABA Futures Commission at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX on February 7, 2015.  You can view videos of the testimony from all of the presenters here.  My thoughts on my own testimony can be found here.  ...

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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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