CPIL’s Administrative Director Bridget Gramme ’98 (BA), ’03 (JD) Quoted in ABA Journal

Bridget GrammeBridget F. Gramme, Administrative Director, Center for Public Interest Law

SAN DIEGO (April 1, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), Administrative Director Bridget Gramme was quoted in a ABA Journal article re legal reform supporters continuing to advocate for California sandbox proposal.

According to the article, advocates for legal regulatory reform were dismayed by the State Bar of California’s recent decision to postpone action on a proposed regulatory sandbox, but vow to keep fighting.

Task force member Bridget Gramme says she too was disappointed that the board delayed action on the sandbox proposal, citing its potential to produce new ideas for broadening access to justice.

She says the bar’s board should prioritize its mission to protect the public over concerns raised by lawyers about the possible negative impacts of opening up the legal market.

“They have heard clear data from the California Justice Gap Study that there is a massive, massive justice gap that cannot be filled with the status quo,” says Gramme, administrative director of the Center for Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. “The sandbox is a step toward real systemic change.”

The 2019 California Justice Gap Study that found approximately 85 percent of all Californians received either no legal help or inadequate legal help for the civil legal problems they experienced.

Read the full article by Lyle Moran in the ABA Journal here.

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

Each year, USD 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 22nd 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.



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