The American Bar Association(ABA) took profoundly important action last week at its ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego by adopting a conceptual framework for state regulation of legal service. The framework was expressed as a set of “Model Regulatory Objectives for the Provision of Legal Service,” denominated ABA Resolution 105.
It is the first time the ABA has articulated objectives for regulation in this way.
While the specifics of Resolution 105 are not surprising or controversial, they are enormously significant. For reasons discussed below, I believe they will accelerate the progress of state regulatory change, particularly in expanding the scope of legal service which may be delivered by professionals who are not licensed lawyers.Read More