Democratizing legal services : obstacles and opportunities / Laura Snyder.
- Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 
xxxi, 307 pages ; 24 cm
- Legal services.
Legal assistance to the poor.
Practice of law.
- "We live in a “law-thick” world. For individuals and organizations in both the public and private sectors, navigating the large number of complex laws, rules, institutions, and procedures that pervade American life is virtually impossible without some assistance. Some argue that "there are too many lawyers." Others argue that the unmet need for legal services is so high that it constitutes a human rights crisis. This book exposes why it is easy to access legal services for some, while it is virtually impossible for others, and why some lawyers have successful careers, but others cannot. This book argues that the problems plaguing legal services in the US can be only be addressed by a radical overhaul of the rules that govern how legal services may be delivered, as well as radical changes to who exercises the power to make those rules. Through interviews with those with experience with alternative legal service providers, this book exposes the formidable obstacles that exist along the path to those changes, as well as the opportunities that await." -- Publisher's website.
- Part I. The opposition to alternative structures
Alternative structures will undermine professionalism and ethics
There is no way to regulate alternative structures
The adoption of alternative structures will jeopardize self-regulation of the profession
There is no demonstrated need, demand, or problem
New delivery models can be developed without changing Rule 5.4
The payment of salary is adequate compensation for non-lawyers
No one in their right mind would want to invest in a law firm
Alternative structures will lead to a consolidated market controlled by large firms
Alternative structures cannot help those who canot pay for legal services
Alternative structures will make things harder for un- and underemployed lawyers
The burden of proof has not been met
Part II. The opportunities offered by alternative structures
Opportunities for legal aid
Opportunities for downstream markets and the economy as a whole
Opportunities for lawyers
Opportunities for in-house legal departments in the public and private sectors
Opportunities for an improved regulatory approach
Opportunities for failure
Part III. Access to justice
Access to justice comes in all shapes and sizes, sometimes obvious and sometimes not
Unmet need as human rights crisis
Part IV. The (non)-regulation of legal services and the world stage
Abdication of regulatory power
International obligations and commitments
Endless objections and calls for evidence and the lawyer monopoly on legal services (or, having your cake and eating it, too)
Good governance requires actual governance
Part V. Stories
Letting the old lady scream [Stories}
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-291) and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Snyder, Laura. Democratizing legal services
Online version: Snyder, Laura. Democratizing legal services
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