A few days ago I reviewed the final report of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services (see here) and pointed out that one of its recommendations was for the ABA to create a Center for Innovation.
So, not wasting any time, on Monday, the ABA announced
the creation of the Center, whose purpose will be "to
foster innovative and ground-breaking approaches to bridging the access
to justice gap as well as to improve the delivery of legal services." The
Center will also serve as a resource center for ABA members, keep track
of the ABA’s innovative efforts and provide fellowships for attorneys
to collaborate with professionals in the technological, entrepreneurial
and design industries. It will be located at the
ABA’s headquarters in Chicago. The first major project for the Center will be to assist with a court-annexed
online dispute resolution pilot project in New
The ABA Journal online has more information here.