The Legal Services Corporation’s 2020 Innovations in Technology Conference is being held January 15-17 at the Portland Hilton Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204 . All attendees must register using the conference registration website.
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Thursday, January 16 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Changing the Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules in More than a Few Ways, Now.

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For centuries, the Bar has said only a lawyer can engage in the practice of law: people shouldn’t charge for expertise they don’t have or people shouldn’t perform tasks for which they lack skills. But, do claims of harm prevention go too far? Do the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) rules harm people by preventing them from getting the help they need? Do they prevent people or computers from performing tasks that they can do well, even if these might be "the practice of law"? Are there best policies and practices that would protect librarians, social workers, organizers, counselors, navigators, "trained advocates," and even some computer software applications - especially in nonprofit settings (or, only in such settings) - from the UPL prohibitions? Join this discussion of necessities, pros, and cons, of the multiple models proposed for UPL rules reform. Reform efforts are moving forward across the country, often led by for-profit tech companies under the banner of expanding access to justice. But which reforms are good for people in need and which would truly expand access to justice? Join this discussion of the pros and cons of the multiple models proposed for UPL rules reform.

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Marc Lauritsen

President, Capstone Practice Systems
Marc Lauritsen, president of Capstone Practice Systems, practiced and supervised in legal aid offices for seven years, then served as an instructor, director of clinical programs, and a senior research associate at Harvard Law School. Marc directed Project PERICLES there, which focused... Read More →

Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska's only LSC-funded program and the only statewide provider of free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC's 11 offices and a staff
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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell is Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a research and policy organization based at Fordham Law School that relies on data and advocacy to build a more just and equitable society. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives, including... Read More →
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Matthew Burnett

Policy Officer, Open Society Foundations
Matthew Burnett is a policy officer for legal empowerment and the migration project lead at the Open Society Justice Initiative, which pursues strategic litigation and legal advocacy in support of the mission and values of the Open Society Foundations. Previously, Burnett was director... Read More →

Maura Kelly

Deputy Director, SRLN

Thursday January 16, 2020 2:30pm - 3:45pm PST
Broadway - Plaza Level 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA