Setting up a process to experiment with rules that allow new ways for lawyers to practice and improve access to justice is a way to get hard data on how the lawyers can meet modern challenges.

Three states — Utah, Arizona, and California — are considering or implementing that approach, which is also called the “regulatory sandbox.” On August 25, the Bar’s Special Committee to Improve the Delivery of Legal Services heard from Andrew Arruda, a Canadian lawyer who now lives in the U.S. and works on legal-related technology and was a member of the California committee that looked at modernizing regulations there.

Arruda also works with ROSS Intelligence, an artificial intelligence powered legal research service that is part of the Bar’s Member Benefits Program. He presented the seven recommendations from the California study and talked about the importance of getting public feedback, although he spent much of his time talking about the regulatory sandbox.