It's Time to Fix Legal's No. 1 Problem

When 80 percent of Americans can't get affordable legal services, something is wrong.

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When 80 percent of Americans can't get affordable legal services, something is wrong.

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  • Pamela Horn

    License paralegals to provide basic legal services such as uncontested divorce and simple wills. Allow the paralegal profession to develop as an adjunct to lawyers much like physician assistants are to doctors.

  • Bill Speros

    The number one problem in the law is the LAW—yes, the language by which rules are expressed. Whether through drafting sloppiness or contrivance, statutes and regulations are structurally unsound.

    Leaving aside bought-and-paid for loopholes and intentionally imbedded latent but intended consequences, law’s language presents linguistic-level ambiguity: undefined terms, unclear criteria, unspecified inter-relationships and dependencies, unstated assumptions and presumptions and burdens…

    How can live under the rule of law when the law’s rules are riddled with such nonsense?

  • Howard F. Kline

    Now this is a real intelligent article, exhibiting true technical writing skills and a sharp mind. Monica is absolutely correct in what she states, but this article is only the beginning. This should be a topic of conversation at every law school and law firm. As I always said, "I can‘t afford me". I would like to continue this discussion on my radio show.

  • Ralph Artigliere

    Provocative and insightful comments, Monica. A giant enduring hurdle for the legal profession is educating the vast majority of lawyers and judges who are not up to snuff on technology, information culture and eDiscovery and evidence. Until we overcome that gap in knowledge and skill, those professionals (and litigants encountering them) will struggle to achieve economic and effective justice.

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