ABA Launches Website Review of Regulatory Landscape for Delivery of Legal Services

Chicago – The ABA Center for Innovation recently released an interactive online catalog of state regulatory innovations that relate to access to justice issues and delivery of legal services.

Previously, no one-stop resource collects how state regulatory frameworks vary or new approaches to the regulation of legal services. The ABA Center for Innovation responded by producing this resource for the legal community and public.

The Legal Innovation Regulatory Survey, online at legalinnovation

regulatorysurvey.info, covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia and builds on the 2016 report of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services. It provides state-by-state information of known efforts to reform the regulation of legal service delivery while also providing access to relevant case law.

Among other topics, it identifies several ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct that are closely connected to legal services innovation and catalogs ways in which state approaches to those rules vary. The survey compares, for instance, state approaches to the unauthorized practice of law and the authorization of other kinds of legal services providers.

As new information about efforts to reform legal service delivery becomes available, the Center for Innovation encourages members of the legal profession and other stakeholders to submit them for review and inclusion on the site. 

– ABA

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