David Cameron Carr, at KafkaEsq, "The State Bar of California is considering creating new classes of legal professionals who would be licensed to provide some legal services without being members of the bar. I wrote about this years ago and now it is coming to pass, an inevitable adaptation to drastically changed economic (and sociological) circumstances. Other innovations will follow. The challenge will be preserving the best part of the professional ethos in an era where the commodification of legal practice reaches new levels."
For news about what California is considering, go here.
It's inevitable, it seems to me, that we will have different categories of law workers. We're not servicing some segments of the market already and law schools are in the process of cutting enrollment and raising price.