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Arizona's Licensed Legal Advocate Pilot: authorizing non-lawyer community advocates to give legal advice with delivery of social services


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Innovation for Justice, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court and Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, launched the Licensed Legal Advocate pilot - the first U.S. pilot that adapts unauthorized practice of law (UPL) reform to permit non-lawyer community-based advocates to give legal advice with the delivery of social services. The pilot trains and licenses domestic violence advocates to provide limited-scope legal advice regarding specific, high-need civil legal issues and includes a quantitative evaluation of non-lawyer advocacy in civil legal matters. This work has the potential to inspire UPL reform nationwide and help women under-served by the status quo.