Office of Legal Services Innovation Program: The Sandbox

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What if you could have your staff trained to provide legal support to those you serve? UNA and The Office of Legal Services are offering free training to help your nonprofit become legally fluent. The Office ensures consumers have access to a well-developed, high-quality, innovative, affordable, and competitive market for legal services.

The Office and the Sandbox Program are the product of research into legal regulatory reform led by the Utah Supreme Court.  In August 2018, the Court established a Work Group on Regulatory Reform, led by Justice Deno Himonas and John Lund, former Utah State Bar President. The Work Group submitted a report the following year, “Narrowing the Access to Justice Gap by Reimagining Regulation.”  The report recommended implementation of a legal regulatory sandbox to develop and test new legal services in Utah.  The Court approved the report and formed a Task Force to implement the recommendation. In August 2020, the Utah Supreme Court issued Standing Order No. 15 which launched the Innovation Office and the legal Sandbox. 

What is a sandbox? 

A regulatory sandbox is a policy tool used to assess the marketability and impact of new models or services in order to inform future policy-making. The sandbox tool was first put to use in the financial services industry, where a highly regulated market was grappling with significant technological advances that did not fit traditional regulations (think cryptocurrency). The sandbox model offers similar advantages in the legal space, a traditionally restricted market in which services driven by technology outstrip the traditional regulatory approach. The sandbox allows for relaxed regulations, data collection, and ultimately, policy improvements. The Sandbox provides a space for innovative service models that cannot otherwise be offered under the present Rules of Professional Conduct or are considered an unauthorized practice of law. 

Learn more here. 

Why Attend   

Breaking down barriers to accessibility regarding legal support is important. The Sandbox can also help democratize the practice of law by creating a forum for innovation. During the presentation, participants will learn how the Sandbox can benefit their work and how to apply the practice. 

Who Should Attend? 

Executive Directors, Directors, Managers, those who want to gain skills and knowledge in the legal arena to help the communities their nonprofits serve, and those interested in learning more about regulatory reform should attend the session. 

About Our Speaker   


Nathanael Player serves as a member of the board for the Office of Legal Services Innovation. He is also the director of the Utah State Courts' Self-Help Center and Law Library. In this role he constantly seeks to expand access to justice for the people of Utah. Nathanael also teaches a class called Poverty and Social Justice at S.J. Quinney Collect of Law. Prior to joining the courts, Nathanael represented low-income tenants facing eviction in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In San Francisco he oversaw the litigation of hundreds of eviction cases, managed eleven attorneys and helped to establish a trial program, filling a gap in the city's legal services. Nathanael also supervised the drafting of two data-driven reports on the state of evictions in San Francisco, which were instrumental in passing amendments to buttress the city's tenant protections.   


FREE for UNA Members/$10 for Not-Yet-Members


January 11th, 2022 3:00 PM through  4:00 PM
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