Should Alternative Business Structures (ABS) be able to dispense legal services? That question is the basis of an ongoing regulatory debate that has at its root access to justice issues and how they might be affected by a change in Canadian law towards a less prohibitive model. In the attached paper, “Poverty Law, the Future of Legal Services and Access to Justice: Towards ABS+,” David Wiseman explores this and other pertinent questions.
AJRN member David Wiseman is featured in this Law Times article about “ABS plus”, describing how regulation of alternative business structures could focus on improving access to justice.
Andrew M Perlman suggests that access to justice in the US could be improved by re-imagining lawyer regulation.
From the US, there is an article in the ABA Journal on Washington state’s move to use “legal technicians” to help solve the “justice gap”, and two response pieces (#1 and #2) in Above the Law.
At Open Law Lab, Margaret Hagan reflects on the “No Assholes Rule” and law.