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Friday, November 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Changing the Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules in More Than a Few Ways, Now

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For centuries, the bar has insisted that only a lawyer can engage in the practice of law: people shouldn’t perform tasks for which they lack the needed expertise. But, does the bar's claim of preventing harm go too far? Do the UPL rules prevent people from getting the help they need from the advocates they want? Do UPL rules chill advocates or computers from offering help even when the tasks performed are not "practice of law"? Do UPL rules prevent people or computers from performing tasks they can do well, even if these might be "the practice of law"? Are there best policies and practices that would protect librarians, social workers, organizers, caseworkers, navigators, "trained advocates," legal aid paralegals, and possibly also certain computer software automated forms and other applications – especially in nonprofit settings (or, only in such settings) – from the UPL prohibitions? Is California going to change its UPL rules this year? Join the discussion about the pros and cons of the many models being proposed for UPL rules reform. Reform efforts are currently moving forward across the country, often led by for-profit tech companies under the banner of access to justice. But which reforms are good for people in need and what would truly expand access to justice?

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Nicole Bradick

CEO, Theory and Principle
Nicole Bradick is the founder and chief executive officer at Theory and Principle, a legal technology product design and development firm. Nicole and her team work with global law firms, foundations, and legal technology companies to build innovative digital products related to law... Read More →
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John Pollock

Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
John Pollock is a Staff Attorney for the Public Justice Center who has served since 2009 as the Coordinator of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC).  The NCCRC works in 41 states to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases... Read More →

Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska's only LSC-funded program and the only statewide provider of free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC's 11 offices and a staff
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell is Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a research and policy organization based at Fordham Law School that relies on data and advocacy to build a more just and equitable society. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives, including... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Marquette B 5th Floor