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 of delivery have fallen short of the mark and a truly “new” model of delivery has never taken root.

Let us take up the gauntlet thrown down by President Hubbard and imagine a law firm that is designed to meet this need. What will the future of law need to be? And how must our profession change if we truly want to serve these forgotten consumers?

About Chas Rampenthal

Chas RampenthalAs general counsel at LegalZoom, Chas manages the company’s legal functions and oversees all legal initiatives for product quality, research and development, and new markets. Chas’s previous experience includes launching EndeavorLegal, a Boston-based start-up law firm, and working as an associate, both at Testa Hurwitz and Thibeault in Boston and at Thelen Reid and Priest in Los Angeles. Over his career, he has assisted a variety of technology and emerging companies in managing transactions such as venture capital financing, mergers, acquisitions, and initial public offerings.

Chas is a prolific speaker on legal regulatory issues, alternative service providers, and the future of the legal profession. He penned a regular column for Inc. Magazine Online and co-hosted Legally Bound, a Los Angeles-based talk radio program focusing on current legal events and issues. Chas is a member of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management section and is a contributor to both the Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession and the Stanford Legal CodeX. A member of the California and Massachusetts bars, he is also qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom.

Chas earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and math studies from Southern Illinois University and his JD from the University of Southern California. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Chas served honorably in the United States Navy as an officer and naval aviator.

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