Office of Legal Services Innovation Program - The Sandbox

Would access to legal support serve your nonprofit? What if you could have your staff trained to provide legal support to those you serve? The Office of Legal Services Innovation wants to work with you! The Office has a singular regulatory objective guiding their work: To ensure consumers have access to a well-developed, high-quality, innovative, affordable, and competitive market for legal services. And you can be a part of it!

The Office and Sandbox are the result of two years 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 former Utah State Bar President John Lund.  In August 2019, the Work Group submitted a report, “Narrowing the Access to Justice Gap by Reimagining Regulation.”  The report recommended implementation of a legal regulatory sandbox to allow new legal business models and services to operate 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 through which new models or services can be offered and tested to assess marketability and impact and inform future policy-making. The sandbox tool was first put to use in the financial services industry, in which a highly regulated market was grappling with significant technological advances that did not fit under the traditional regulations (think cryptocurrency). The sandbox model offers similar advantages in the legal space, a traditionally highly restricted market in which the market, and particularly services driven by technology, are outstripping the traditional regulatory approach. In the sandbox, regulations can be relaxed, data gathered, and policy improved. 

The Sandbox is for innovative services models that cannot otherwise be offered under the present Rules of Professional Conduct or are considered the unauthorized practice of law. 

Learn more here. 

Why Attend   

Because breaking down barriers of accessing legal support is important and the Sandbox can help democratize the practice of law. During the presentation participants will learn how the Sandbox can benefit their work and how to apply.  

Who Should Attend? 

Executive Directors, Directors, Managers and others invested in learning how to be involved in the legal process, 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. 

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
Event Fee(s) - UNA Members: Please log in above to see member discount
Registration $ 10.00