Narrowing the Access-to-Justice Gap by Reimagining Regulation Report and Recommendations from the Utah Work Group on Regulatory Reform

This U.S. report outlines the findings of a task force on lawyer regulatory change in the State of Utah. The task force recommends that Utah  significantly loosen, or possibly repeal, a state bar rule prohibiting law firms and other legal services operations from sharing fees with non-lawyers. Such a move would make it easier for technology companies and other non-traditional legal service providers to enter the legal services market, potentially improving access to justice for middle- and lower-income residents who can’t afford private lawyers in civil and family court matters.

The report also recommends the creation of a regulatory agency that is independent of the State bar to oversee the provision of legal services.