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Panel to tackle how law schools might adapt to changing regulatory legal landscape


The American Bar Association’s fourth virtual Redesigning Legal Speaker Series on Tuesday, December 7, will explore opportunities being created for law school education by the growing trend of regulatory innovation in the legal profession.

“Redesigning Legal: The Role of Legal Education, Clinics and Legal Labs” will take place online from 1 to 2 p.m. on December 7.

Utah and Arizona have already enacted sweeping changes to how legal services can be delivered and who can provide them. Nationally, no fewer than 10 other states are in different stages of exploring, recommending or implementing regulatory change that would generally allow nonlawyers to provide some legal services. The emerging landscape is certain to impact the legal profession in significant ways as well as present new challenges for J.D. education while possibly spawning other law-related educational programs.

Panelists will focus on how law schools are responding and adapting to the prospect of fewer barriers to innovation that offer increased employment opportunities for their students, more roles for people other than lawyers in the delivery of legal services, the creation of tiered legal service providers and collaboration across professional fields to provide more and new kinds of legal services.

The conversation will be moderated by Jordan Furlong, a principal at Law21. Panelists include:

• Stacy Butler, director of the Innovation for Justice Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She has two decades of experience in community advocacy and expanding the reach of civil legal services for under-served populations.

• Anna Carpenter, professor of law and director of Clinical Programs, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She founded and directs the Justice Lab, a legal clinic where students help client organizations solve complex problems and advocate for systemic change.

• April Dawson, associate dean of Technology and Innovation, North Carolina Central University School of Law. She teaches in the areas of constitutional law, Supreme Court practice, administrative law, voting rights and law and technology.

• Michele Pistone, professor of law and director of the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. She founded the law school’s in-house clinical program, which she directed for nine years.

Registration is free for “Redesigning Legal: The Role of Legal Education, Clinics and Legal Labs” but required in advance and can be found at https://iaals.du.edu/events.


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