The Future Is Now 2.016

The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016 was a TED-like conference for lawyers. It featured eight talks delivered by leaders and innovators in the legal profession. These provocative and engaging talks underscored the need to deliver legal services in new ways and showcased how innovations were already making a difference in services.

Speakers highlighted a call to action on the access to justice problem, particularly the vast unmet civil legal needs of citizens and on the injustices in the criminal justice system, particularly sentencing guidelines. Speakers shared how firms or organizations are delivering legal services more efficiently through the use of technology. Speakers introduced regulatory changes that allow a new limited licensed lawyer to practice in Washington State and the idea of proactive rather than reactive regulation of lawyers.

In conclusion, we were reminded that professionalism principles are the bedrock of the legal system and propel us to develop better ways to serve our clients and society.

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Check out the videos of these thought-provoking talks on innovations in the delivery of legal services. Share them with your colleagues. Let’s continue to foster learning, inspiration and conversations that matter.

Ronald Staudt Talk

Ronald Staudt: Access to Justice and Technology in Illinois

The civil justice system in the United States fails to meet the needs of its most vulnerable and needy customers. Consider these statistics: The civil legal needs of roughly 80% of low-income and 60-70% of middle-income people are not being met. What’s more, tens of millions of people are evicted, lose custody of their children, and pay unnec...
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Vincent Cornelius: The Winds of Change in Criminal Law

It is widely believed that the criminal justice system in America is built on a broken business model. For decades, the system has been very much constrained by a bend toward incarceration, and a struggle to grasp the holistic importance of treatment, rehabilitation, and restoration. Recent developments, however, suggest that we are beginn...
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Paula Littlewood Talk

Paula Littlewood: LLLTs – A New Delivery System for Legal Services

Traditionally, providing legal services in this country has been the sole province of lawyers. In recent years, however, trends such as a changing lawyer demographic, the evolving nature of clients, and the increased impact of technology on our work are raising questions about the ability of conventional practice models to meet current needs. A...
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Chas Rampenthal Talk

Chas Rampenthal: Increasing Access – A New Model for Law

According to former president of the American Bar Association, William Hubbard, the legal profession “must develop a new model to meet the needs of the underserved.” For many years, our profession has paid mostly lip service to addressing the needs of the middle class and small business consumers. Attempts to evolve the traditional model...
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Ed Scanlan Talk

Ed Scanlan: Bringing the Law to the Living Room

Denise Stanton, a single mother of two children, lost her husband to cancer two years ago. She is inundated with medical bills from her deceased husband’s treatment. Furthermore, her six-year-old son, Jon, is disabled and needs regular home health care and medications. Despite working full-time, Denise doesn’t have enough money between her ...
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Jayne Reardon

Jayne Reardon: Awakening Our Call to Service

Most lawyers went into the law because we answered a higher calling. We were drawn to the structure of the law as a way to make the world a better place. By learning the law, we would give voice to the voiceless, defend the defenseless. We would unravel complex bureaucratic procedures for our clients. We would find a greater purpose and meaning...
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