The State Bar’s Board of Trustees directed formation of a Task Force on Access Through Innovation in Legal Services at its July 20, 2018 meeting.
This follows consideration the Legal Market Landscape Report commissioned by the State Bar. From the report:
Task Force Charter
The Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services is charged with identifying possible regulatory changes to enhance the delivery of, and access to, legal services through the use of technology, including artificial intelligence and online legal service delivery models.
A Task Force report setting forth recommendations will be submitted to the Board of Trustees no later than December 31, 2019. Each Task Force recommendation should include an explanatory rationale that reflects a balance of the dual goals of public protection and increased access to justice.
In carrying out this assignment, the Task Force should do the following:
Task Force Composition
The Task Force will be appointed by the Board and will have fifteen members, including a chair and a vice-chair. The members may be judges, lawyers and non-lawyers. The Board will strive to appoint a non-lawyer majority, if possible. The non-lawyers may include, but are not limited to, the following: consumer protection advocates; artificial intelligence/technology experts; economists; entrepreneurs; public interest and legal services stakeholders; and law students. The Task Force appointments are anticipated to be made by the Board at its October 19, 2018 meeting.
Individuals interested in applying for appointment to the Task Force can complete an application online. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.