Divided ABA Adopts Resolution on Nonlawyer Legal Services

The American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Monday voted to adopt a resolution that gives states a framework to consider the regulation of "nontraditional legal service providers”.

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Susan Beck
February 8, 2016

Tags: Access to Justice, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: American Bar Association (ABA)


Over the weekend, Resolution 105 was the hottest topic of discussion at the ABA’s mid-year meetings, and one of the most controversial issues before the ABA in years. David Miranda, the president of the New York State Bar Association, and Miles Winder III, the president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, led a visible fight against the change. (Miranda is a partner at Albany’s Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti and Winder is a solo practitioner from Bernardsville.)

During a roundtable discussion on Saturday, Miranda said he worried that this resolution could “open the doors to entrepreneurs trying to make money off backs of lawyers who are starving for work.” New Jersey’s Winder expressed concern that the resolution could lead to a two-tier system where nonlawyers serve the poor, while the rich use lawyers.