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ABA Ethics 20/20 Recommendations Would Stifle Innovation

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The ABA's Ethics 20/20 Commission has released its preliminary recommendations on alternative business structures for legal practices. Regrettably, as they promised in their earlier issue paper on this topic, they have not considered meaningful reforms such as allowing outside investment, which would allow innovation in the delivery of legal services that could benefit consumers. Instead, they have recommended  merely a modified version of the District of Columbia's existing rule on this issue.

The panel's recommendation would only allow minority investment from other professionals who take an active role in a law practice. The proposal does not even allow true multidisciplinary practice, where lawyers and other professionals work side-by-side to serve customers with a range of legal and non-legal needs.

American Lawyer has an article on the new recommendations, quoting Responsive Law's Tom Gordon. To see our original comments to the ABA, click here.

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