Legal Design for the Common Good: Proactive Legal Care by Design

in ‘Legal Design: Integrating Business, Design and Legal Thinking with Technology’ edited by Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci, Helena Haapio, Margaret Hagan and Michael Doherty, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2021 Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 29 May 2020

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Helena Haapio

University of Vaasa, Department of Economics and Business Law ; Lexpert Ltd

Thomas D. Barton

California Western School of Law

Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci

Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Date Written: May 1, 2020

Abstract

Many legal problems are caused by misunderstandings. People do not read complex documents. Even if they do, they may not find what they look for or understand what they find. This chapter shows how proactive legal care can help, not only to deal with challenges of complex legal information, but also to improve access to justice and prevent unnecessary problems. Enhancing clients’ self-care by promoting their legal literacy is a central strategy for this purpose. Changing how documents are framed and presented is another. We propose a new mindset for lawyers, with a focus on the users and on using the law for the advancement of the common good. With this mindset, it becomes natural to look for skills and tools to present legal information in more engaging and actionable ways. Design patterns offer a way to identify and share such tools, for the benefit of lawyers and clients alike.

Keywords: Design patterns, information design, legal health, legal literacy, Proactive/Preventive Law, self-care

Suggested Citation

Haapio, Helena and Barton, Thomas D. and Corrales Compagnucci, Marcelo, Legal Design for the Common Good: Proactive Legal Care by Design (May 1, 2020). in ‘Legal Design: Integrating Business, Design and Legal Thinking with Technology’ edited by Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci, Helena Haapio, Margaret Hagan and Michael Doherty, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2021 Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3590040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3590040

Helena Haapio (Contact Author)

University of Vaasa, Department of Economics and Business Law ( email )

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Vaasa, FI-65101
Finland

Lexpert Ltd ( email )

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Thomas D. Barton

California Western School of Law ( email )

225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci

Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen ( email )

Karen Blixens Plads 16
Copenhagen, Copenhagen DK-2300
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://https://research.ku.dk/search/?pure=en%2Fpersons%2F662698

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