Bloomberg Law
May 11, 2021, 3:14 PM

California Bar ‘Sandbox’ May Rattle Legal Competition for Firms

Sam Skolnik
Sam Skolnik

A California State Bar group is divided over whether to limit a test of new legal service delivery models to organizations that serve low-income residents or broaden the experiment to a wide range of businesses.

“There appeared to be support” for restricting participation to organizations that focus on access to justice for “the unserved and underserved,” according to a memo last month summarizing discussions within the 20-person group.

But several members of the Closing the Justice Gap Working Group object to the narrow focus. They say allowing profit-driven companies to provide legal services could spur innovation throughout the system, even ...

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