CPIL’s Administrative Director Bridget Gramme ’03 (JD) '98 (BA) Quoted in The Recorder

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

SAN DIEGO (May 15, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), Administrative Director Bridget Gramme was quoted in The Recorder in an article on the State Bar vote to pass the  “regulatory sandbox” proposal Thursday.

In 2019, the California Justice Gap Study found approximately 85 percent of all Californians received either no legal help or inadequate legal help for the civil legal problems they experienced. Gramme served on the Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS).  Their objective was to identify options for enhancing the delivery of legal services through the use of technology.

According to the article, California State Bar trustees on Thursday revived efforts to create a “regulatory sandbox” that could allow non-lawyers to develop legal services without violating professional rules governing the practice of law, a recommendation by ATILS. On a 9-2 vote, trustees agreed to form a working group that will consider relaxing rules barring the unauthorized practice of law, fee-sharing and non-lawyer firm ownership, all with an eye toward expanding affordable legal help.

“I’m very happy the board of trustees voted to continue work on the regulatory sandbox,” said Bridget Gramme, administrative director of the Center for Public Interest Law. Gramme was a member of the Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services and co-authored a report supporting the regulatory sandbox concept. “It really shows that they’re continuing to take a leadership role in that area.”

Read the full article by Cheryl Miller in The Recorder 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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