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Entrepreneurs Needed: Increase access to justice

pledgeI pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Visiting my sons school I heard the future of our county, a bunch of 1st graders, reciting this. For kids growing up in the US reciting this it is a part of every morning. As my day continued ‘and justice for all…’ rang in my head.

The pledge we made every morning of our lives growing up needs more entrepreneurs focusing on it.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of great organizations studying and furthering access to justice; nonprofits, think tanks, associations, law schools, ect. Neto Logic’s blog post access to justice & technology: everyone, anytime, anywhere is a great post on the topic.

Another group needs to increase in numbers to help address the issue of access. Entrepreneurs.

Joshua Kubicki wrote a post last year for Tech Cocktail entitled 6 Reasons the Legal Industry is Ripe for Startup Invasion. Joshua talks about the many opportunities for in the legal space for innovation.

Great entrepreneurs solve problems worth solving. Here are two problems that I believe that can be worked on at the same time.

Millions of people are struggling and do not know where to turn to get help
Thousands of lawyers need more work

Lawyers, technology, marketing, and process optimization should be the ingredients needed to improve access to justice for all. For some legal needs people may not want to hire a lawyer to help them. However, I strongly believe that given an option of ‘do-it-yourself’ vs. affordable, convenient representation by an attorney, consumers would prefer the attorney.

Entrepreneurs need to do what entrepreneurs do. Take the ingredients and put them together to build something great. In today’s purpose economy there has never been a better time to help be a part of the solution to improve consumers access to justice.

Where do you think the opportunities lie to increase access to justice?