Hopefully by now we all agree: research and evaluation are critical to understanding the efficacy of efforts to reform how we regulate the delivery of legal services. Data will tell us whether we are achieving our goals. It is the bedrock of evidence-based reform.

That said, these data-gathering efforts are not without their difficulties. One challenge we encountered early on with our evaluation in Utah is coordination across the several research teams all working to answer vital questions about the implemented regulatory reforms. To address this challenge, the separate research teams have formed a formal collaboratory: the Law of Law Center, housed at the University of Utah. As our mission states, the Law of Law Center "seeks to promote research and programmatic output that is accessible and valuable to policymakers, courts, bar associations, and other stakeholders." The center will operate as the hub for research and evaluation efforts in Utah and beyond—and will facilitate connection and coordination across research teams, which is proving to be crucial to the success of our evidence-gathering efforts.
Logan Cornett, Director of Research
August 2021
July 23: "5 Recent Developments That Could Lead to a Transformed US Legal Market" in Legaltech News

July 23
: "
Meet VIISTA: The Program Training Non-Lawyers to Represent Migrants in Court" in Ms.

July 22
: "
Pioneers of Progress: Justice Constandinos 'Deno' Himonas" on KJZZ

July 21
: "
Indiana still resistant to nonlawyer firm ownership" in the Indiana Lawyer

July 20
: "
Expert Opinion: Process Matters in Legal Regulation Reform" on IAALS Blog

July 13
: "
Legal Regulatory Sandbox Could Incubate Innovation in Washington" on NWSidebar

July 13
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Florida Joins Growing List of States Testing Legal Regulation Reforms" on IAALS Blog

June 30
: "
Outside Ownership of Law Firms Gains More Momentum" in the Daily Business Review

June 29
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Florida Joins States in Testing Law Firm Ownership Models" in Bloomberg Law

June 24
: "
First applicants accepted to the Law Society’s innovation sandbox" on the Law Society of British Columbia

June 24
: "
Justpoint Secures a $50 Million Credit Line to Level the Playing Field for Plaintiffs" on Business Wire

June 23: 
Pioneers and Pathfinders: Lucy Ricca" on Seyfarth Shaw LLP's podcast
SAVE THE DATE! The next session, Redesigning Legal: Legal Tech—Using Technology to Build Sustainable Practices & Expand Legal Services, will be on August 24, 2021 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. MDT. More details are coming soon, including a program description, moderator, and panelist information. Sign up today to stay up to date on all the details of the Redesigning Legal Speaker Series.
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As regular readers of this newsletter will know, regulatory reform is gaining momentum in the U.S. and Canada, somewhat following the lead—at least I like to think so!—from my side of the Atlantic. As the pace picks up, here are some 'anchor points' for moving forward: reconnect regulation to Law's Purpose (serving the public interest); in regulating legal services, make sure the focus is on how those who are served are affected rather than on those who are servingotherwise we are looking through the wrong end of the telescope; don't forget the potential of law tech to change things for the better (for everyone); and don't make improved access to justice a precondition of success in regulatory reform (it's a consequence, not a purpose).
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