It is hard to believe that a full year has passed since the pandemic started. It is fair to say that very few of us foresaw how long the pandemic would last nor the many changes that it would bring. Working from home and social distancing were surreal at the start but have become the new normal. Online shopping and virtual conferencing went mainstream.
As we get on with the new normal and come to terms with the changes the pandemic has visited upon our personal and professional lives, not to mention a presidential election, we should all step back and try to understand how changes that have occurred around us will impact our practices and how we should respond to these changes.
On the eve of the pandemic, in February of 2020, the ABA House of Delegates passed Resolution 115. With this somewhat controversial resolution, the ABA encouraged U.S. jurisdictions to consider innovative approaches, including regulatory innovation, that address the access to justice crisis to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of civil legal services.