The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility Journalism and the Law Lecture
Steve Crossland, Esq. Chair of the Washington State Limited License Legal Technician Board
Meeting the Unmet Legal Need: Empowering and Expanding the Delivery of Legal Services
Steve Crossland's lecture will discuss the unmet civil legal needs facing our citizens and one state's effort to meet that need. He will focus on the recent and novel Court Rule adopted by the Washington State Supreme Court that authorizes non-lawyers to deliver legal services in limited circumstances without the supervision of a lawyer - the first rule of its kind in the nation. The Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court wrote in her Order adopting the Rule, "We have a duty to ensure that [the] public can access affordable legal and law related services, and that they are not left to fall prey to the perils of the unregulated market place.
The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at Akron Law is dedicated to enhancing public trust and confidence in the legal profession and the judicial system by:
- Pursuing programs and academic endeavors to promote access to justice and to enhance
ethical awareness and performance of attorneys, judges, law teachers and students;
- Advocating the enhancement of professionalism of those who practice, adjudicate, teach
and study the law;
- Reaching out to other professions to identify and pursue areas of common professional
- Examining, reporting on and suggesting improvements in the disciplinary systems for
lawyers and judges.