Talk Justice, an LSC Podcast, Episode 2: Regulatory Reform and Expanding Access to Justice

September 22, 2020

WASHINGTON – The latest episode of “Talk Justice, an LSC Podcast,” released today, explores the need for regulatory reform and how it could help expand access to justice for low-income Americans.
 
Moderator James J. Sandman, President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), was joined by leading jurists from two states in the vanguard of regulatory reform: Utah Supreme Court Justice Constandinos "Deno" Himonas and Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer. The panel also included Upsolve Co-Founder Rohan Pavuluri and William Henderson, Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the editor of Legal Evolution.

The panelists discuss the impact of reforms such as licensing paraprofessionals to provide legal services and easing restrictions on fee-sharing and non-lawyer ownership of law firms. 

They also examine the relationship between the current regulatory system and dysfunction in the legal market and whether this system presents barriers to equal access to justice and contributes to racial injustice.

Talk Justice episodes are available at www.lsc.gov/media-center/talk-justice-lsc-podcast and on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple and other popular podcast apps. The podcast is sponsored by LSC’s Leaders Council.

Future episodes of Talk Justice will explore congressional support for civil legal aid, the challenges of delivering legal services in rural areas, legal aid’s importance to American business, the growing threat of evictions and how responses to the pandemic may permanently transform the courts and the practice of law.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.