21st Century Practice Task Force

21st Century Practice Task Force

Task Force Completes Its Work

The 21st Century Practice Task Force completed its work at the March 1, 2016, meeting. The Task Force report and a link to the State Bar's new Future Law page is below.

Full Report

View the Future Law Page

Town Hall Meeting

The State Bar of Michigan hosted a 21st Century Practice Task Force Town Hall on January 29, 2016.

Watch video of the Town Hall at bit.ly/21ctownhall

Task Force Documents

Reports, Resources, & Bibliography

New Task Force to Tackle Challenges of 21st Century Legal Practice (Press Release)

21st Century Practice Task Force Jurisdiction and Roster

Task Force Committees

    Affordability of Legal Services: New Tools for Breaking Through the Access Barrier [roster]

    Building a 21st Century Practice—Developing & Maintaining Professional Excellence in a Dynamic Marketplace [roster]

    Modernizing the Regulatory Machinery: Building Economic Resilience & Capacity in the Delivery of Legal Services [roster]

Comments from Members and the Public

Send Us Your Comments

Allan Falk—1/22/2016
In response to the Town Hall Meeting.

    The SBM can best serve the public by dissolving; it fulfills no real legitimate function, and for too many years has served as a compulsory funding source for self-serving political activity by those purporting to serve the public. The charade should end. Lawyer regulation can be (and already is) handled by the AGC or some tiny agency within the judicial branch, such as the Board of Law Examiners.

John Kanaras—3/28/2015
In response to: What are the top challenges facing the future of the legal profession in Michigan?

    There are just too many lawyers!

In response to: What would help you navigate the justice system better?

    The quality and character of the Judiciary is at an all time low!

Joe Harper—3/23/2015
In response to: What are the top challenges facing the future of the legal profession in Michigan?

In response to: What are the challenges you face in accessing the legal system?

    Too many layers of unnecessary obfuscation.

Richard Amberg—3/23/2015
In response to: What are the top challenges facing the future of the legal profession in Michigan?

    The court system throughout the State of Michigan does not use one central system for setting court dates. All too often does an attorney face multiple appearances at the same time and date in different courts. The State Court Administrator should enact a software system that would prohibit this problem. Cases can be noticed for appearances at other than the normal 8:30 am and 1:30 pm times which would allow for timely appearances in multiple courts on the same day without any harm being done to the legal system.

In response to: What are the challenges you face in accessing the legal system?

    It is a demeaning ritual to require an attorney to submit to courthouse searches by guards. Because I am disabled, I am subjected to removing articles of clothing even though I inform the deputies that I have had numerous operations that have left me with a goodly amount of metal in my body and I have wallet sized cards indicating such. I see no difference in a police officer or an attorney for purposes of trustworthiness. Yet the police and prosecutors can flit through security without a care and attorneys must remove clothing.

Robert Dunn—3/12/2015
In response to: What are the top challenges facing the future of the legal profession in Michigan?

    Deal with the problem of making an education in the law affordable to everyone, without the need to move a student or a family into serious debt. Honestly explain to the public "why" the cost of a legal education is what it is.

August 20, 2015 Presentation

Daniel W. Linna Jr., LegalRnD at Michigan State University College of Law
Improving Access to Legal Services Through Education, RnD, and Innovation

 

 

April 27, 2015 Presentation

Fred Headon, Past President, Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Bar Ass'n Legal Futures Initiative

Janet Welch, Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan
Elements of Attorney Regulation in Michigan—Admissions, Licensing, Discipline



Fred Headon Presentation to State Bar of Michigan, April 27, 2015

Summit on the Future of Legal Services
November 10, 2014, State Bar of Michigan

Videos of Summit Presentations
More Videos of Featured Speakers




Report

Summary Report of the November 10 activities.

Additional Resources

ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services
Message from ABA President William Hubbard

State Bar of Michigan Judicial Crossroads
Task Force Report

State Bar of Michigan 21st Century Practice Task Force
Future Law Glossary

Bibliography & Core Resources

2015 Additions to Futures Bibliography

What Ails Law School , ABA Litigation Journal, Fall 2014

The Twenty-First Century Lawyer's Ethical Duty of Competence , ABA The Professional Lawyer, 2014

Evolutionary Road: A Guide to Your Law Firm's Future, Jordan Furlong

The Fall & Rise of Lawyers, Benjamin H. Barton

Online Dispute Resolution Report, February 2015