Nonlawyer Law Firms Inch Closer To Reality

Lawyers have long been the gatekeepers of legal services, which, as licensed professionals, make sense. But with alternative legal service providers all the rage, and the Big Four accounting firms clamoring for some of Biglaw’s lunch, the winds of change are in the air. And Utah is leading the charge.

News Story (Utah)

Kathryn Rubino
Above the Law
November 4, 2019
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Tags: Access to Justice


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The state has announced they are beginning a program to test nonlawyer ownership of law firms. The Utah Work Group on Regulatory Reform has recommended the expansion of legal service providers as part of an access to justice initiative. Last week, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System announced a new “Unlocking Legal Regulation” project to meet those goals. As reported by Big Law Business:

“The restrictive rules that dictate how legal advice can be given, and by whom, need to change,” said IAALS manager Zachariah DeMeola in an Oct. 31 blog post. “For too long the rules have prevented the profession from taking a responsibility in this crisis.”

“This is our moment. The tipping point is here,” DeMeola wrote.