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June 07, 2021

Jurists from Arizona, Michigan, Texas and Utah address regulatory change in inaugural speaker series

CHICAGO, June 7, 2021 – Three American Bar Association groups have teamed up with Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver (IAALS) and Legal Hackers to launch a quarterly Redesigning Legal Speaker Series, debuting Wednesday, June 9 with supreme court justices from four states discussing the role of the judiciary in expanding legal services and access to justice.

Redesigning Legal: Leading from the Bench - Expanding Access through Regulatory Innovation

Wednesday, June 9, 1-2 p.m. EDT


The Redesigning Legal series is intended to provide a forum to explore the legal profession’s regulatory changes underway, the challenges they face and the opportunities they provide. Industry leaders and experts will offer a variety of perspectives and break down common assumptions and misunderstandings, as well as provide information on the nature and scope of the access to justice challenges and barriers to sustainable legal access.

The inaugural session will feature Justice Ann Timmer of Arizona, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of Michigan, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht of Texas and Chief Justice Matthew Durrant of Utah and will be moderated by retired Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis of Colorado. The panelists will explore the status of regulatory innovation, how courts and others are seeking to address the problems, and the urgency of state supreme courts and the organized bar to forge solutions now rather than taking a “wait and see” approach. The event will also showcase how supreme courts across the country are leading and ushering in various regulatory changes.

ABA entities involved are the Center for Innovation, Center for Professional Responsibility and the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

Registration is free but required in advance by clicking here. Media who would like to attend this virtual event are asked to email Kelsey Montague at IAALS at [email protected] or Bill Choyke at the ABA at [email protected].

About the sponsors:

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at and on Twitter @ABANews).

IAALS is a national, independent research center dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system. Our mission is to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system.

Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, designers, technologists and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Through local meetups, hackathons and workshops, Legal Hackers spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.