Designing and Implementing Legal Regulation


Publish Date:
July 25, 2022
Publication Title:
Stanford Law School Website
Stanford Law School
White Paper
  • Dr. Thomas Clarke, recently retired as Vice President for Research and Technology at the National Center for State Courts & Lucy Ricca, Director of Policy and Programs for the Deborah L. Rhode Center on the Legal Profession.
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State court systems and state bar associations are rethinking legal regulation and designing and implementing a rapidly growing number of regulatory reforms. To date, these projects have explored a fairly small and relatively traditional design space. This white paper is intended to lay out a process map for legal regulation and to provide basic information and context for each step of that process. WIthin Key Design Decisions, the map includes Regulatory Goals, Unit of Regulation, and Regulatory Approach. Within Key Implementation Decisions, the map includes Reform Targets, Regulatory Mechanisms, Hosting, and Funding.