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Update: Alternative Legal Models Task Force

If you’re interested in staying up to date on the work of the Alternative Legal Models Task Force, just bookmark the webpage found at http:bit.ly/1QAyXlF (case-sensitive).

Meeting agendas, summaries, background and reading materials are posted and will be updated as the committee proceeds with its work. Many bar associations across the country have created task forces or committees to address access to justice and nontraditional legal models. On a related note, at its mid-year meeting in San Diego in February, a divided ABA House of Delegates adopted Model Regulatory Objectives for the Provision of Legal Services (Resolution 105). States can use the objectives if they choose to develop or expand nontraditional legal services. While setting out broad principles, such as protection of the public, transparency of services, and delivery of affordable and accessible legal services, the proposal was criticized for encouraging delivery of legal services by nonlawyers and companies not guided by principles of the legal profession. To learn more about the debate, read the ABA website’s account at http:bit.ly/1LgktLR (case-sensitive).

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