The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has started a two-year pilot project that licenses a small group of nonlawyers to give limited legal advice on civil matters stemming from domestic violence. The individuals will be known as licensed legal advocates and trained to provide legal advice on topics including protective orders, divorce, child custody, consumer protection and housing, according to a Monday news release.
If you are like me, you sometimes see things in the news or social media that make you wonder where time has gone. For instance, it is now 2020 and our concerns about Y2K and the new millennium was 20 years ago. To put that into perspective, 20 years before Y2K, we were coming to the end of the Iranian hostage crisis and Ronald Reagan was about to become president. The good thing about time is that we never stop growing or learning. I think that is one of the great things about the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers; it is an organization designed to let us learn from each other. We are joined in our mutual desire to provide our cities, states, and nation with the best judicial system we can offer.
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Richard Susskind, who has worked on technology for lawyers since 1981. Susskind is the author of a newly released book, Online Courts and the Future of Justice, among many others, including The End of Lawyers? and The Future of the Professions. Susskind is also a speaker and independent advisor to major professional firms and national governments. He was the keynote speaker at the National Center for State Courts’ 2019 Court Technology Conference in New Orleans. His main area of expertise is the future of professional legal services and, in particular, the way in which IT and the internet are changing the work of lawyers.