As States Toy With Reform, Legal Tech Cos. Fill Justice Gap

Excerpt from Law 360 Pulse:

According to the Legal Services Corporation’s 2022 Justice Gap Study, low-income Americans do not get adequate legal help for 92% of their substantial civil legal problems and the cost of legal assistance is a barrier.

Over the last 10 years, the justice tech market has grown from a handful of startups to a booming sector, according to a 2022 report titled “Justice Tech for All: How Technology Can Ethically Disrupt the U.S. Justice System” released by Village Capital and the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact.

Recognizing the growth of the justice tech sector, four justice tech startup CEOs founded in December the Justice Technology Association, the first trade association dedicated to companies using technology to close the access to justice gap.

As the justice tech sector continues to grow, if states don’t enact regulatory reform on their own, they may be forced to change by startups that challenge them in court, like consumer bankruptcy assistance nonprofit Upsolve Inc. did in New York.

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Sonja Ebron, co-founder and CEO of pro se litigants assistance platform Courtroom5 and a founding member of JTA, said that the Upsolve case proves that states are not implementing regulatory reform fast enough for legal tech companies.

— Sarah Martinson for Law 360 Pulse

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