How do lawyers engineer and develop LegalTech projects? A story of opportunities, platforms, creative rationalities, and strategies

Over the last 15 years, the working context of lawyers has undergone many changes. Evolving in an increasingly competitive, deregulated, and globalized market, they are subject to higher tax pressure while being exposed to unbridled technological innovation. Indeed, a growing number of entrepreneurs are using digital solutions to provide online legal services that are supposed…

Women lawyers now make up the majority of associates in the USA but still face many diversity challenges

A report by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) reveals that women now constitute the majority of associates at US law firms, making up 50.3% according to the organisation’s Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms. The report also indicates a record growth in women at the partnership level, constituting 27.8% of all partners…

Potential changes to multi-jurisdictional practice rules

The ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Working Group on ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5 has released an Issues Paper to solicit feedback on potential regulatory implications related to exploring amendments to Rule 5.5, aiming to expand permissible cross-border legal practice. The Association for Professional Responsibility Lawyers has advocated for changes, suggesting that expanding…

Judges and the deregulation of the lawyer’s monopoly

In a revolutionary moment for the legal profession, the deregulation of legal services is taking hold in many parts of the country. Utah and Arizona, for instance, are experimenting with new regulations that permit nonlawyer advocates to play an active role in assisting people who may not otherwise have access to legal services. In addition,…

New legal tools required to mitigate the risk posed by AI

Jason Matheny, who served as President and CEO of RAND Corporation, asserted that the swift progression of artificial intelligence (AI) hastened global existential risks. During a keynote address at the 33rd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law conference, Matheny underscored the democratization of perilous capabilities, citing the potential for a single individual…

How Should We License Lawyers?

Robertson, C. B. (2020). How Should We License Lawyers?. Fordham L. Rev., 89, 1295. During the summer of 2020, anger and frustration about lawyer licensing practices boiled over. The bar exam had always imposed economic and psychological burdens on test takers, but the rise of a pandemic added an additional hazard: exposure to a dangerous virus. Some…

Designing Just Solutions at Scale: Lawyerless Legal Services and Evidence-Based Regulation

Burnett, M., & Sandefur, R. L. (2022). Designing Just Solutions at Scale: Lawyerless Legal Services and Evidence-Based Regulation. Direito Público, 19(102). Around the world, billions of people lack access to justice, often because they cannot access help in resolving their justice issues. An important reason for this is that many access models rely centrally on lawyers, and…

Can AI be harnessed to aid lawyer development?

Mentoring relationships are important for the professional development of lawyers, but they are often not prioritized in today’s fast-paced legal profession. Generative artificial intelligence can transform mentoring relationships for lawyers and professionals across various industries. Generative AI can provide personalized learning experiences tailored to the needs of each mentee, based on their background, skills, and…

The American Bar Association House of Delegates has adopted new rules regarding due diligence obligations for lawyers

The American Bar Association House of Delegates has adopted new rules regarding due diligence obligations for US lawyers. The proposed changes to Model Rule 1.16 will explicitly outline lawyers’ due diligence obligations to inquire about and assess the facts and circumstances of a matter, helping them avoid unknowingly getting involved in clients’ criminal and fraudulent…

Access to justice and legal services regulatory reform

Sandefur, R. L., & Denne, E. (2022). Access to justice and legal services regulatory reform. Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 18, 27-42. Researchers have launched a new era of studies exploring relationships between legal services regulation and access to justice. These scholarly developments respond to recent changes in how Anglo-American jurisdictions regulate the practice of…

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