How technology can increase access to justice while protecting the public is the focus of a newly appointed California Bar task force.

The question is how the legal services industry can integrate new tech to become more efficient and responsive while avoiding ethical roadblocks against fee-sharing with non-lawyers and other arrangements.

Advertising, artificial intelligence, and alternative business models will be studied with a report due by next December on whether any regulatory changes are needed.

The 23-member Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services will begin meeting later this fall. Bar trustees Oct. 19 expanded the recommended task...