Manager, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Will Reimagining Legal Regulation Improve Access to Justice?

The American legal profession is at a crossroads. Time and again, studies show that too many Americans up and down the income scale are unable to access legal assistance or advice. Yet, despite this immense need for legal services, lawyers are struggling to make ends meet. Without change, we face devastating impacts on public trust and confidence in our legal system.

What’s the solution? Earlier this year, both the ABA and the Conference of Chief Justices adopted resolutions encouraging states to consider regulatory innovations for the delivery of legal services.

Zack DeMeola will discuss the differing viewpoints on these resolutions, the re-regulation efforts already underway in various states, and the impact of regulatory innovation on justice.

Following his talk, Zack will be joined by Tim Eaton, Partner at Taft, for a keynote townhall discussion on the complexities of regulatory reform.

Speaker Bio

Zack DeMeola is a manager at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), a national, independent research center at the University of Denver dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system.

At IAALS, he works to improve the delivery of legal services through a variety of projects that focus on education, the intersection of law and technology, and the regulation of the legal profession. He’s currently leading the IAALS Unlocking Legal Regulation Project, which supports and facilitates efforts to improve the regulation of legal services in the U.S.

Zack joined IAALS in 2017, after having litigated in private practice for six years. He graduated from William & Mary School of Law, obtained a master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.