ABA Approves Innovation Resolution, With Revisions to Limit Regulatory Changes

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ABA Approves Innovation Resolution, With Revisions to Limit Regulatory Changes

February 17, 2020 | Brenda Sapino Jeffreys | Law.com
The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution to push for new approaches to the practice of law that would improve access to justice, but not before adding a disclaimer to address concerns raised by some state bar associations about outside investment in law firms.
Tags: Access to Justice | Non-lawyers | Regulations

Supreme Court Justices set to hold meeting on civil legal needs in Detroit

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Supreme Court Justices set to hold meeting on civil legal needs in Detroit

February 21, 2020 | Oralandar Brand-Williams | Detroit News
How the state's judicial system handles debt collection, landlord tenant disputes and expungements will be among the issues two Michigan Supreme Court justices are hoping to hear about from residents during a Monday town hall meeting.
Tags: Access to Justice | Justice for All

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

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

February 24, 2020 | Cheryl Miller | Law.com
"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.
Tags: Access to Justice | Access to Justice Commissions | Non-lawyers | Regulations

American Bar Assn. President Criticizes U.S. Legal System As Backward, Resistant to Change

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American Bar Assn. President Criticizes U.S. Legal System As Backward, Resistant to Change

February 3, 2020 | Patricia Barnes | Forbes
“We need new ideas,” said Martinez. “We are one-fifth into the 21st century, yet we continue to rely on 20th-century processes, procedures and regulations. We need to retain 20th-century values but advance them using 21st-century approaches that can increase access to justice.”
Tags: Access to Justice