On April 15, Professor Laurel Rigertas was among a group of expert panelists for the program “Regulatory Reform as a Means to Increase Access to Justice.” Hosted by Gonzaga University School of Law’s Clarke Family Prize in Legal Ethics annual program, Professor Rigertas, along with Justice Debra Stephens of the Washington State Supreme Court, Justice Constandinos Himonas of the Utah Supreme Court, and Dean Andrew M. Perlman from Suffolk Law School, participated in a two-hour panel to discuss regulatory reform of the legal profession as a means to increase access to justice. The discussion addressed the current access to justice gap, the history of legal services regulation, innovative legal services and regulatory responses to increase access to legal services, regulatory objectives, and the future of reform including innovations regarding law practice ownership and alternative providers of legal services currently taking place in Utah and Arizona.
Professor Rigertas joined the NIU law faculty in 2006. Her research and scholarship focuses on the legal profession, particularly in the areas of ethics, professionalism, the unauthorized practice of law, and access to the legal system. In particular, her research has focused extensively on the history of the regulation of legal services in the United States and barriers to innovation in the delivery of legal services.