practicelaw | Introduction to ALSPs and Alternative Regulatory Environments

Event Description

Remote participation only. 

Alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) leverage niche expertise and technology to support law firms, legal departments, and consumers with services not conventionally associated with law firm operations (i.e., data analytics, electronic discovery, document review, compliance, contract lifecycle management, etc.). Growth in this area have some saying maybe we should drop “alternative” from the label. This is especially so considering growth among so-called, ‘law firm captives’ – those firms and legal departments who are building these services from within.

Whether it’s a captive entity or a consumer service like LegalZoom, ALSPs are taking lawyers to places they haven’t gone before; namely, new markets where proficiency in a broader array of non-traditional skills is critical. Thus, a few academics are developing new models of lawyer competency. In particular we’ll review the ‘T’-shaped lawyer and the Delta Model of Lawyer Competency. How do attorneys develop these competencies? Or, how do attorneys ethically partner with non-lawyer experts to support the delivery of services? Are new regulatory environments required? We’ll take a look at Utah’s Regulatory Sandbox to examine how firms are taking advantage of a new regulatory environment to partner with non-attorney professionals.


Mike Carlson  is Practice Management Advisor for the Minnesota State Bar Association. Prior to joining the MSBA, Mike served 10 years as Reference Staff Attorney for Thomson Reuters. Mike also practices in the areas of Copyright and Commercial Leasing.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 423370


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Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

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Program Manager:
Mike Carlson


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Monday, November 8, 2021

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Live Webinar via Zoom