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CPIL’s Administrative Director Bridget Gramme Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal

CPIL’s Administrative Director Bridget Gramme Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal

SAN DIEGO (June 10, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), Administrative Director Bridget Gramme was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article discussing the State Bar possibly recommending non-lawyers be allowed to own legal services companies.

Early last year the State Bar formed a task force to look into how the use of technology and ethics rule changes could bolster access to justice. That task force appears to be on track to recommend that non-lawyers be allowed to own legal service companies and potentially share ownership of law firms with attorneys.  In addition, they may propose that non-lawyers be permitted to undertake some legal tasks without committing the unauthorized practice of law.

According to the article, the proposals are still being refined by the bar’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services. The Bar’s Board of Trustees is expected to seek public comment on the task force’s draft recommendations this summer.

According to Bridget Gramme, one of the task force members and Administrative Director of CPIL, many of the Rules of Professional Conduct in place “were developed for protectionist reasons.” “We are limiting access to people by the current rules that require lawyer-only ownership of any kind of entity that would deliver legal services,” said Gramme, further highlighting that the Legal Services Corporation showing 86 percent of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in 2017 “received inadequate or no legal help.”

Read the full article by Lyle Moran in the Los Angeles Daily Journal here.

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About Center for Public Interest Law

Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of an extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.

CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 12 major California regulatory agencies.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians, and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

Bridget Gramme, Administrative Director for the Center for Public Interest LawBridget Gramme, Administrative Director for the Center for Public Interest Law

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