California Task Force Recommends Limited Fee-Sharing, ‘Regulatory Sandbox’

"I think there was a lot of unanimity. There were a few splits but overall it was a great group of people marching to the same drummer in trying to close the justice gap," said Justice Lee Smalley Edmon of the Second District, Division Three of the California Court of Appeals, the task force chairwoman.

News Story (California)

Cheryl Miller
February 24, 2020

Tags: Access to Justice, Access to Justice Commissions, Non-lawyers, Regulations


The Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services approved eight recommendations that will go to the bar’s board of trustees next month and likely reignite the debate over the most controversial ideas.

The task force stopped short of calling for immediate changes that would allow non-lawyers to take an ownership stake in law firms. The group also opted for only a modest expansion of fee-sharing.

Instead, the 22 members pinned many of their hopes for reform on the creation of a trial program for entrepreneurs known as the “regulatory sandbox.”