Law Democratized: A Blueprint for Solving the Justice Crisis

NYU. Jan. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781479820399. $35. LAW
Law professor Jefferson (Univ. of Houston; Shortlisted: Women in the Shadow of the Supreme Court) describes how entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology in legal services can help solve the unmet needs she calls “the access to justice crisis.” Her market-based approach notes the millions of would-be clients in the U.S. (and billions globally) who either don’t know they need a lawyer or don’t know how to get one. She chronicles her decade-plus of experience and research on improving access to legal services, educating the public about the law, and solving legal problems with or without hiring a lawyer. Utilizing engaging examples from around the globe, the book exposes the failures of the legal status quo, with its entrenched stakeholders and regulations. Jefferson also emphasizes successes in ethical innovation, expanded education, and regulatory reform that are transforming the legal landscape.
VERDICT Measurably advances the conversation about ways to meet people’s legal needs. This narrative demands the attention of readers interested in making the legal system work for everyone, regardless of their resources.
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