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August 20, 2021

Panel of advocates for legal regulatory change highlight second ABA, IAALS program

CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2021 — With individuals and small businesses often struggling to find access to legal services, the American Bar Association will again join two national partners to explore prospective changes to the regulatory environment in the second Redesigning Legal Speaker Series on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

            What:Redesigning Legal: Legal Tech — Using Technology to Build Sustainable Practices & Expand Legal          Services

            When: Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1-2 p.m. EDT

            Where: Online

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver (IAALS) and Legal Hackers joined the ABA in launching the series in June, with supreme court justices from four states discussing the role of the judiciary in expanding legal services and access to justice. ABA entities involved are the Center for Innovation, Center for Professional Responsibility and the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

In the Aug. 24 program, Cat Moon, director of innovation design at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, will lead the discussion with industry experts on how technology can expand access to legal services and create sustainable and enjoyable law practices. She co-founded the Summit on Law and Innovation, bringing together experts from across legal, technology and other disciplines in collaborative legal innovation projects.

Other panel members include:

·       Erin Levine, legal innovator, entrepreneur and certified family law specialist. She is the chief executive officer and founder of Hello Divorce, an award-winning online platform that helps self-represented folks navigate the divorce process on their own through a revolutionary web platform, accessing legal help when they need additional assistance along the way.

·       Chas Rampenthal, LegalZoom’s head of industry relations. In this role, he works with the legal profession during this unprecedented time of regulatory change as courts, regulators and lawyers embrace innovative business models and technology that spur access to legal services.

·       Lori Gonzalez, who has years of experience helping law firms improve their business and expand their services with technology and improvements to processes and procedures. As an access-to-justice advocate and legal-tech enthusiast, she shares her knowledge with nonprofit organizations and committees who seek to advance the practice of law or improve access to justice through automation and tech solutions.

During the course of the series, 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, available here, featured 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 was moderated by retired Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis of Colorado. The panelists explored 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.

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.