Rasa Legal clinched the Startup category with its mission to make the expungement process simpler and more affordable. Their advanced software streamlines eligibility determination and document preparation, tackling the complexities of clearing criminal records. Founder Noella Sudbury also received an honorable mention in the A2J: Individual category, further underscoring Rasa’s impact.
ZAF, another nominee, is redefining personal injury legal services. Their innovative approach, using software for legal advice to accident victims, stands out from traditional models by offering flexible, client-friendly options without the burden of high attorney fees. Notably, ZAF is the first-ever venture-backed law firm.
These innovative companies would not have been possible without the establishment of Utah’s regulatory sandbox. Established in 2020 and set to run until 2027, this unique program allows new legal service models to be tested and evaluated. Overseen by the Office of Legal Services Innovation, a division of the Utah Supreme Court, the sandbox represents a significant shift in exploring legal business models and services.
IAALS is responsible for evaluating the sandbox’s impact, and our findings will be utilized in the Utah Supreme Court’s decision-making process regarding the future of this program. Our evaluation includes a social return on investment analysis, understanding consumer satisfaction, and aligning sandbox entrants’ goals with the supreme court’s objectives. An interim report from IAALS is expected in late 2023, with a comprehensive evaluation expected by the end of the pilot period in 2027.
The American Legal Technology Awards and Utah’s regulatory sandbox collectively highlight the evolving landscape of legal services, driven by innovation and consumer-centric approaches. As we prepare to release our interim evaluation, these developments signal a promising shift towards a more accessible and efficient legal system.