The American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on the Future of Legal Services issued a clarion call for change earlier this month.
Culminating two years of fact-finding and collaboration, the Commission published its Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States (the Report) at the ABA annual meeting in San Francisco.
The Report contains a detailed, comprehensive, and cogent set of factual findings and policy recommendations. It portrays a system that fails to meet the needs of most its citizens, and one which has lost their confidence and trust. It also sets out an array of innovations that have the potential to remedy the system’s shortcomings. It concludes with a set of policy recommendations designed to encourage and enable adoption of those innovations.
I believe that both the public discussion the Commission generated as it did its work and the content of its Report represent momentous developments for the rule of law in our country.
In particular I believe the way the Commission dealt with the most important and controversial policy issues demonstrated uncommon leadership and is likely to be an effective catalyst for accelerating the pace of progress in realizing the full potential of the American justice system.Read More