Access to Justice

221 ABA Journal Access to Justice articles.

California Supreme Court lawyer shares supervised practice idea for unsuccessful bar applicants
In August, the California Supreme Court announced that a lowered bar exam cut score will not retroactively apply to candidates who previously failed the test.
Afternoon Briefs: 7th Circuit rules on jail’s COVID-19 safety measures; ABA asks FEMA to activate disaster legal services

7th Circuit weighs in on federal judge’s order to curb COVID-19 at Cook County Jail

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago affirmed Tuesday most of a federal…

Rocket Lawyer is among the first applicants approved to join Utah’s regulatory sandbox program

Rocket Lawyer announced Tuesday that it is one of the first entities approved to participate in Utah’s new regulatory sandbox program permitting nontraditional legal services providers, including those with nonlawyer investors, to operate in the state without fear of being accused of the unauthorized practice of law.

SCLAID celebrates centennial by recognizing 2 young lawyers’ work to promote access to justice

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense is celebrating its 100th anniversary by also celebrating the contributions two young lawyers have made to advance access to justice in their communities.

How are things working out for 3 Utah law grads seeking diploma privilege?

Prior to this summer, Chase Wilde didn’t know how to file a court appearance. Thanks to the supervised practice requirement in the Utah Supreme Court’s temporary order for diploma privilege, he does now.

Arizona approves nonlawyer ownership, nonlawyer licensees in access-to-justice reforms

Arizona has become the second state in recent weeks to approve opening its doors to nonlawyer ownership or investment in law firms, concepts that previously have faced strong resistance in the United States.

Afternoon Briefs: 3 online law schools get state accreditation; cop immobilization maneuver can be fatal

3 fully online law schools get California accreditation

On Friday, California accreditation was given to three online law schools—the Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the Northwestern California University…

Do you have an idea for an access-to-justice project? ABE is offering grants

Kentucky’s Legal Aid of the Bluegrass bought a Mercedes Sprinter van outfitted with a mobile law office. Iowa Legal Aid opened its state’s first medical-legal partnership in a…

Utah embraces nonlawyer ownership of law firms as part of broad access-to-justice reforms

The Utah Supreme Court has unanimously approved a slate of reforms that allow for nonlawyer ownership or investment in law firms and permit current legal services providers to try new ways of serving clients during a two-year pilot period.

Federal judiciary wrongly used PACER fees for unrelated projects, Federal Circuit rules
The federal judiciary wrongly used PACER fees for unrelated projects such as courtroom technology, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday.
Should there be an Aspen Dental equivalent for lawyers? Task force backs rule changes
"Antiquated" legal ethics rules are interfering with access to justice and a more sustainable legal profession, according to a bar association task force.
The civil justice system: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—but is it broke?

Is the civil justice system broken? Given the extra time many of us have on our hands these days, compliments of COVID-19, lawyer Marcel Strigberger has come across some articles commenting on the problems of access to justice.

San Diego lawyers create new pro bono program amid COVID-19 crisis

While courthouses were closed because of COVID-19, members of San Diego’s legal community developed a new program designed to help parties tackle their civil disputes for free outside the court system.

Legal reform advocates need to more actively engage the public

Supporters of broad reforms to how the legal profession is regulated must do a better job involving the public, says the former longtime executive director of the Washington State Bar.

BigLaw firms and legal clinics join ACLU in initiative to stop racism in policing
Large law firms and legal clinics are partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana in its campaign "to dismantle racially discriminatory policing practices."

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