Should You Have To Be A Lawyer To Do That?
Many people facing evictions, debt-collection lawsuits, and other civil legal actions cannot afford a lawyer. But the law forbids them from securing meaningful assistance from other professionals or from friends and neighbors who could help. In many situations, Depression-era restrictions on “unauthorized practice of law” (UPL) make it illegal, even criminal, for anyone but a lawyer to help another by giving legal advice, drafting legal documents or engaging in legal advocacy.
Do the UPL restrictions, which protect people from unqualified and unregulated nonlawyers, do more harm than good?
Green, Bruce, "Should You Have To Be A Lawyer To Do That?" (2022). Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship in Legal Ethics Lectures. 19.