"Legal professionals can use cy pres to promote access to justice for those who need it. While every case is different, it is critical for your client and for your community to insist on a cy pres distribution for any funds that would otherwise go unclaimed or undistributed. Cy pres awards allow the court to shape settlement terms to honor the intended purpose as closely as possible when further distribution is either impossible or inefficient. The doctrine is also beneficial to lawyers involved in the settlement, as it helps meet fiduciary responsibilities of lawyers to complete the distribution. Everybody benefits."

-Luis J. Rodriguez, President, Board of Trustees, State Bar of California

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