Gorsuch Sides with Access to Justice Reformers in New Book

A growing movement to loosen state bar rule restrictions preventing nonlawyers from owning law firms has found a potential ally in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Sam Skolnik
Bloomberg Law
September 13, 2019

Tags: Access to Justice


Gorsuch makes a case for what he calls “access to affordable justice” in his new book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.” He includes an aside that he couldn’t have afforded his own legal services when he was in private practice.

His message is timely. State bar groups in California, Utah, and Arizona are simultaneously working toward opening their rules to tech companies, paralegals, and other nonlawyers in hopes of providing different forms of legal representation and solutions.

The main aim of each state is to make legal assistance cheaper and easier to access for middle-class and poorer citizens in cases where they could lose their homes, have their kids taken away, or need protection orders against domestic abusers.