January/February 2020

Future Proofing

Adjusting Your Game Plan to Fit Our Changing Rules

Dan Pinnington and Reid Trautz

In February 2016, the ABA House of Delegates passed the ABA Model Regulatory Objectives for the Provision of Legal Services encouraging state supreme courts to use these objectives when reviewing lawyer regulation within their state and to explore expanded legal services delivered by “nontraditional providers.”

For several years it seemed that state bars largely ignored this encouragement. However, state review and modification of nontraditional provider regulation picked up steam last summer, especially with the release of 16 regulatory reform options from the California Bar’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS).

To help lawyers track potential regulatory changes, the ABA Center of Legal Innovation launched a helpful new website with a long but explanatory name: LegalInnovationRegulatorySurvey.info. This website catalogs innovations in state regulatory frameworks that have the potential to lead to innovation in the delivery of legal services that focus on increasing consumer access to justice. The website provides some valuable information about the changing regulatory landscape.

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