Renee Newman Knake on Corporations, the Delivery of Legal Services, and the First Amendment Part I

Last month the New York Times ran an editorial with the headline “Addressing the Justice Gap,” observing that “the poor need representation and thousands of law graduates need work.”  The piece proposed several solutions, but notably absent was the reform most likely to deliver legal services to those in need and to create jobs for unemployed lawyers:  corporations should be able to own law practices and provide legal representation.  It’s not only a matter of managing the justice gap in America in the face of an enduring economic recession and increased global competition; it’s also a matter of First Amendment concern.

Read the full piece here.