Two estate planning lawyers, James Gorton and William Winslow, wrote a response to our May 13 op-ed, in which we advocated reform of California’s restrictive legal service rules. Their response mischaracterizes the reforms California is considering and exemplifies the kind of self-interested opposition that is being mounted to protect the status quo.

We write today both to address the response and, more importantly, hoping to stimulate public discussion of the access to justice crisis and reforms that will help alleviate that crisis. To date, there has not been nearly enough public discussion of these essential issues.

Addressing Our Access to Justice Crisis