Momentum is growing for re-imagining how legal services might be delivered to consumers. Multiple states are asking questions such as: How might we allow for more innovation and technological creativity in legal practice? How might we embrace new service models to increase people’s access to the legal system? How might we rethink how to regulate legal services to allow for more responsiveness and flexibility in the fact of change? For the first time in over a century, we are experiencing a real change in approach to the regulation of the practice of law, allowing for more diverse business models, sources of funding, use of technology, and practice by new service providers. During this fireside chat, Professor Deborah Rhode will discuss efforts to reform the regulation of the legal profession with Utah and Arizona state supreme court justices Deno Himonas (Utah) and Ann Timmer (Arizona), and Leah Wilson, the former Executive Director of the CA State Bar. The discussion will focus on the details of the proposed reforms, including the regulatory sandbox model proposed in Utah, the expectations around data and outcomes, and the opportunities presented for lawyers and the legal tech community in these reforms.
Moderator: Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School